Dominique Ansel Bakery — the cafe responsible for inventing the Cronut and bringing it to London — is opening a second London branch in Covent Garden.
Currently, the only UK branch is in Belgravia, with other stores in New York, Tokyo and LA. The London bakery is extremely popular, particularly on Instagram, due to its seasonally changing flower arch and floral terrace, and wonderfully innovative afternoon teas (read our reviews of the excellent summer and Christmas afternoon teas).
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The Cronut — a croissant-doughnut hybrid — is a trademark of Dominique Ansel. It's the creation of pastry chef Dominique Ansel himself, with a different flavour available each month.
The menu in Covent Garden is unlikely to be exactly the same as Belgravia, but we expect to see plenty of Cronuts to keep West End tourist happy. Dominique Ansel said:
We look at all of our stores uniquely, and it's not just a variation of our existing menus but sometimes whole new creations and new menus altogether, so you can definitely expect the new shop and menu offerings to be different than our Belgravia shop.
Where is the new Dominique Ansel in Covent Garden?
Exact details have yet to be released, all we know is that it'll be somewhere in Covent Garden, and is due to open in spring 2019. Dominique Ansel said:
We aren't able to share the exact address just yet, but we're looking forward to being a part of Covent Garden community next year! It's one of the first places that I visited when I first went to London years ago. It has changed so much over the years and there's so many great restaurants in the area, we'll be quite close to the opera house and the theatres, and there's been so many innovative new shops and concepts opening - from fashion to tech to food and more.
Take a look at the Christmas afternoon tea:
Keep an eye on the Dominique Ansel London website for further information about the new store.