Located in a small kiosk in Victoria train station, this Patisserie Valerie is ideally placed for those in need of a last-minute gift, treat or forgotten anniversary. It’s also great if you just need a sugary pick-me-up mid-day before you catch your train.
Founded in 1926 by Madam Valerie, it was the first high-street chain in the UK to introduce traditional French patisserie to the British public and has since grown to become one of the biggest chains in the UK.
With five signature cake slices the patisserie is known for, as well as other exciting variations, even the fussiest of cake connoisseurs will be happy to receive a pretty pink box from here. Choose from the strawberry, double chocolate or black forest gateaux or the mille-feuille and baked cheese cake. These individually sized slices are the perfect amount to fill you up, although we won’t judge if you want to eat two.
As well as the signature cake slices, opt for some traditional French tartes or chocolate eclairs - they work as very pretty gifts and are bound to make it onto your Instagram grid. For cold days or if you can’t start your day without a coffee, Patisserie Valerie also has a range of coffees and teas to takeaway and have on your journey. The smoothies, made with real fruit are also great for summer days and packed trains.
Although Patisserie Valerie is known for its sweet treats, it also has a range of savoury baguettes, sandwiches and bagels. Great for those long cross country train journeys, or lunch on the go. Don’t plan on sitting down to enjoy your lunch or Patisserie here, though; it is strictly a takeaway kiosk. Thankfully, there are lots of other locations you can enjoy a more relaxed sit-down for tea and cake in. The kiosk set-up also makes it quick and easy to get all your cake and coffee needs without missing your train.