I have a sweet tooth, I found out quite later on in life. When I was a child, not so much - but now I'm older - I can't get enough of sugar, candy, bonbons...all those kinds of confectionery. So, what do I do to ease those cravings as and when they come? Simple - I head to Hope and Greenwood.
You may wonder what such a regal sounding shop has to do with sugar addiction - well, to put it simply, Hope and Greenwood is a proper old-school sweet shop - and a damn good one at that. You can find all the sweets that you probably remember from your childhood - but interestingly, you will also find sweets that your grandparents will remember from their childhoods.
You can find (in no particular order) boiled sweets, retro sweets, liquorice, fudge, pick n' mix, toffee...do I need to go on? At the risk of you having a nasty accident salivating on your computer keyboard, I'll go on to tell you about some of the non-food related items they have. You can find in the store food-related goods such as kitchen linen, baking goods, ceramics and even recipes.
The store is as splendid as it says in the logo - jars and jars of old school sweet jars with bright stripey lables, and this splendidness has led to them becoming rather popular in Japan (they have 12 stores to date over there), as well as stocking their products in stores such as Selfridges and the Conran Shop.
Enjoy your visit, and look over by the cough candies - you may well see me there...