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Historic Milanese bakery Marchesi 1824 has opened its first permanent international branch in London.
Mayfair's Mount Street is the chosen location for the traditional Italian pasticceria, which is owned by fashion house Prada.
While fashion and carbs aren't obvious bedfellows, Prada bought the original bakery — which dates back to 1824 — in 2014, and has since opened two further branches in Milan.
It specialises in coffee, pastries and sweets, with the panetonne one of the most popular items. Sugared almonds, delicate fruit tarts and handmade chocolates also feature on the menu.
As you'd expect from a fashion-owned company, the design of the cafe, located opposite the Connaught Hotel, is very sleek. The green hues of the Milan locations have been kept, with textured green seating lining one side of the narrow space, opposite tempting glass cabinets full of treats. The dark wood fixtures and fittings are also based on those designed by Prada for Italian cafes... but let's face it, your eyes are too busy staring at cakes to notice any of that.
Marchesi 1831, 117 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3LA.