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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
To paraphrase Dorothy: 'There is no place like London.' I hope I can convince you of that here. Also check out my blog at damselwithadulcimer.wordpress.com and my theatre reviews at www.playstosee.com
Published December 13th 2011
The very first Paul opened near Lille in northern France in 1889, but it wasn't until 1953 that another business, run by the Paul family was acquired. The family business retained their new name and expanded, opening branches in other countries, arriving in London in 2000. The first Paul shop, at 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden is their flagship store. It has since been joined by a further 28 shops in Central and Greater London.

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A Selection of Flutes: Paul's Version of Baguettes


Their breads and pastries are still produced by traditional family methods and recipes, using wheat grown in France. A fully trained Paul baker will have taken nearly five years to become a master craftsman. These delicious products can be sampled at the take away counters, where you can buy bread, sandwiches, cakes and coffee, or you can eat in store.

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The Cafe in Covent Garden


My favourite branch still remains the Covent Garden one. In the early days the bakery was visible at the back of the café, but the eating area was extended some years ago to create space for more tables.

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Don't these Quiches make your Mouth Water?


You can pop into Paul for breakfast, lunch or tea, but whichever meal you choose, be sure to sample some of their delicious bread, whether with your petit déjeuner, or your lunchtime soup, salad or savoury tart. During the afternoon you can jump straight to something a little sweeter to accompany your tea or coffee. Just check out the window or the inside displays and you won't know where to start.

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Cakes in the Window


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Loaves in the Window


And if you thought their produce was solely for grown ups, you can also order celebration cakes for your children. Have a look at this:

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Children's Celebration Cake


Visit their website to learn more about their breads, cakes and menus.
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Why? To spoil yourself
When: Monday - Friday 07.00-21.00, Weekends 08.00-21.00
Where: 29 Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED and other branches
Cost: It varies, depending on whether you are eating in or taking away
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