A store dedicated to creating chunky, dense and delicious bites always has a place in my heart. Ben's Cookies is the baked goods haven for all the cookie-hungry monsters.
If you aren't so much of a cookie monster or even a cookie fiend I urge you to give Ben's Cookies a try. The first time I bit into my chocolate and walnut cookie it was as though my taste buds were having a giggle; pure joy enveloped me and I can't imagine people feel much different as they take their first bite.
They have shops across Asia, and the UAE, nevermind across the UK, but the Soho store is my favourite. Any time I'm around central (Oxford Circus, Soho), I always drop in. It's a light and clean space with display cases facing you - freshly baked cookies facing, nay, smiling at you. If it's not the aesthetics of an individual or cookies en masse that cultivates drooling, the scent will. The irresistible smell of baked dough, roasted nuts, and different types of chocolate is enough to make me melt. Or should I say hand over however much my cookie costs.
Each individual cookie is priced by weight, so no two cookies are the same (in size), which makes for a more authentic bakery experience. Admittedly the price is slightly off-putting: for a bag of three cookies I have been known to pay between £5.00 and £7.00. But they are worth it.
They serve tea, illy coffee, milkshakes, and ice cream, but they're called Ben's Cookies for a reason; quite simply, their cookies are wonderful.
No matter where you are in the world, a peanut butter, triple chunk, or walnut and ginger, or familiar milk chocolate chunk cookie will put a smile on your face. They were found in 1893, and they still have the same original flavours, but now eighteen, and they're growing in response to customers tastes.
Chocolate chunk cookies
I'm not in London often, which is why it is such a treat to visit the cookie shop when I am in town. And if you're spending, minimum, £1.80 on a single cookie, its unlikely you'll want to share - get your friends to buy their own.