Sugar and all things nice

LONDON – I don’t know what it is, but I love to wander into a sweets shop. It brings out a sense of nostalgia in me…sigh. So I was happy to see that St. Christopher’s Place, just off busy Oxford Street, has the very romantic and retro Mrs Kibbles Olde Sweet Shoppe.

I went inside to explore a bit and loved what I saw, as did the two other shoppers who managed to squeeze in to this very tiny shop.

“Just behind you on the shelves,” said the assistant when I asked her for something sour. I turned around and my eyes widened. Oh, there was such good variety too. I bought some apple sour squares (£1) that looked like sugar cubes.When I tried one at home later that day, I was a bit surprised that the entire texture was actually like sugar cubes too. It was not gooey inside, but solid from the outside to the inner core. I wasn’t ready for that, but they did taste good as I crunched away.

But if you don’t like sour sweets, there are plenty of other temptations for you. Mrs Kibbles offers: nougat, chews, boiled sweets, jellies, honeycomb, liquorice, lollipops. Oh, you name it, she’s got it.

What’s your favourite?

This is the place, St. Christopher’s Place

LONDON – When you stumble upon something that’s interesting and exciting, you want to share it with others. That’s how I feel about this place. Few have heard of it but it’s a little gem hidden away from most eyes just off of busy Oxford Street. It’s called St. Christopher’s Place.

Find what you’re not looking for

It was by luck that I found it. In fact most people will walk right past it on any given day. That’s because the entrance, which is between the H&M and O2 shops, is nondescript and probably only a metre wide. But as soon as you pass through, you get that feeling that you’re on to something cool.

This cobble stone pedestrian lane (postcode: W1U 1LT) which makes up St. Christopher’s Place, stretches between two streets, Oxford and Wigmore, and includes a series of  restaurants to temp your wallet as well as a mini piazza where you can sit and people watch. And then there are the boutique shops, as well as the typical ones you would find on the high street, which together gives this lane a bit more flavour.

Here are some of my favourites that had me at hello.

Do you want to explore St. Christopher’s Place more? Well, keep a look out for upcoming posts about some amazing shops in this lane.