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D.R Harris Apothecary – London, UK


D.R Harris & CO Pharmacy

(44) 20 7930 3915
29 St James’s St
London, UK SW1A 1HB

8:30 am – 6:00pm  Monday  –  Friday
9:30 am – 5:00pm  Saturdays

D.R. Harris & Co is a throwback to an Englishness that defined a nation.  Established in 1790 this family-owned apothecary continues to produce the majority of their products using the same traditional methods.  Being both hand-made and packed on the premisses just embues the aura even further.

Amongst their diverse selection of products you can find – lavender water, soaps, colognes, bath and shaving preparations, skin lotions and aromatherapy oils, as well as body sponges, bone handled toothbrushes with bristle heads and – all sorts of little things that you just feel right acquiring – and a plus is they do not test on animals!



You know you are shopping in the footsteps of giants as in 1938 D.R. Harris was granted the Royal Warrant as Chemists to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth & the Queen Mother and in 2002 the warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales.







Mince Pies

Konditor & Cook – London, UK

Mince Pies
Mince Pies

Konditor & Cook

Borough Market
(44) 0844 854 93 63
10 Stoney Street
London SE1 9AD UK

Other Locations: Chancery Lane, Waterloo, Soho, The Gherkin and South Bank.

7:30am –  6:00pm  Monday to Friday
8:30am –  5:00pm  Saturday

The borough Market location (visited repeatedly) is just next to Monmouth coffee, the pairing couldn’t be more perfect.  Once you know what delicacies reside inside, it is almost impossible to pass by without picking something up.  ‘Konditor’ means pastry chef in German and pastry chef and creator Gerhard Jenne is German trained.  This creates a wonderful combination of technique with british staples, evidenced, in what I feel confident to say, is the world’s foremost mince pie.

Careful attention to ingredients – organic free-range eggs & natural butter – shows in the final product; a series of cookies, cakes, tartes, brownies and the lightest cheese-cake possible.  There is also a selection of wheat free, dairy free and low sugar pastries, as well as personalized funky cakes.  If you are in town for the holiday season, be sure to pick up as many as the aforementioned mince pies as possible.  We purchased one of the Christmas Pudding’s and brought it to friends in Nepal for our visit;  Tears of joy followed.

There are savories as well, with daily lunch specials,  sandwiches, salads, lasagna, and focaccias.

If you have to have more, check out Chef Gerhard Jenne’s book~ Wacky Cakes & Kooky Cookies.

Konditor and Cook - Whiskey Orange Bomb,Whiskey Orange Bomb covered with chocolate marzipan

Liquor Filled Chocolate Santas
Carrot Cake
Spinach Parmesan Muffin
(above photo ©Samantha Jones) Lemon Meringue Pies


(above photo © Georgie Knight)

Cinnamon Cookies

Mince Pies
Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee – London, UK

Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee

(44) 0207-232-3010
27 Monmouth Street
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9EU

2 Park Street
The Borough Market
London SE1 9AB

8:00 am – 6:30pm Monday – Saturday –  Covent Garden
7:30 am – 6:00pm Monday – Saturday –  Borough Market

Monmouth Coffee.  Speak those two words to any coffee-lover who knows London and a soft smile will appear on their lips; a knowing glow in their eyes.   Like most things these days, the earlier memories are the most pungent.  For me us it was the cool afternoons ambling through Covent Garden, when suddenly your entire world would be filled with the singular aroma of roasting coffee; and then you would be dragged along by the nose till you found the source and stepped inside Monmouth Coffee!

The 27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden location first opened in 1978, where they used to roast the coffee in the basement (and thus leading to the corresponding scents drifting down the block).  On the the mezzanine there are a few cramped wooden booths where you would crowd in with your caffeine craving brethren. Each of you tasting a roast from exotic locations: Yirgacheffe from Ethiopia, brews from the Colombian zona cafetera or organic beans from the Hawaiian islands – you can travel the world within your mug while snacking croissants and chocolates.

In 2007 the roasting plant was moved to larger facility in Bermondsey, and is now used to support both the Covent Garden spot and the larger location, opened in 2001, next to Borough Market.  There there is a large communal table, where for a quite reasonable fee, you can  comparte in baguettes with natural butters,  jams and marrmate.  It gets quite crowded on market days, but there are two counters: one for bagged beans and the other for service.  A trick to getting a quicker cup is to buy a bag of beans – and they will serve you some to go at the same time 🙂

Covent Garden (above photo ©Michelle Cardwell)
(above photo © Bellaphon)
Iced latte (above photo ©Bellaphon)

Monmouth Coffee

(above photo © Steve & Sarah’s )
communal table at borough market
(above photo © Phi-Hong Ha ) communal table at borough market
(above photo © Boon Chew )

Monmouth Coffee


Monmouth Coffee

(above photo ©Julia Beatty)