Tottenham Court Road is famous for many things: the original club where Pink Floyd first came to fame, the numerous computer and electronics stores clustered along the street between Tottenham Court Road Tube and Goodge Street, the furniture stores that take over dominance from the aforementioned street to Warren Street. But did you know it could soon become famous for gingerbread men, or even Scotch eggs?
Maybe that's pushing it a bit - but the Peyton and Byrne shop, secreted next to Heals department store certainly has plenty of produce worth shouting about.
The stylish bakery-cum-cafe offers its wares from within pastel-hued walls, and Art-Deco-esque lettering, creating a sense of simple elegance. The products on offer inside wouldn't look out of place coming out of your grandmother's oven - or found on her kitchen table.
The focus is definitely modern British - gingerbread men, preserves, coffees, teas and cakes all lovingly created and aimed at the modern British couple/ family, with more than a hint of retro glamour thrown in.
Peyton and Byrne cafes are located in or around famous London landmarks, but none in my opinion surpass the lovely tuck-shop-like qualities of the store on Tottenham Court Road. Small but perfectly formed, with wares that most certainly surpass the limp sandwiches you are probably used to - why not treat yourself in your next office lunch hour and enjoy some good old home baking?
Also, look out for the special offers, often at three different time slots per day - breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea - where deals such as this one - 'Scone with jam and cream and a regular tea £3.00 or regular coffee £3.50 available 2pm until close' can be found.
And if you're lucky enough to spot a Scotch egg, snap one up, you won't be disappointed!