The thing I look forward to most about visiting London, i’m unashamed to say, is not the culture, the night life, or the shopping (although all that stuff is great I guess). No, the best thing about London is the marvellous array of vegan goodies available, just waiting to be consumed by junk food addicts like myself. If you’re looking for full fat, full sugar, fully divine vegan sweet treats, get yourself down to Cookies and Scream this instant. I mean it. Go, go right now.
The brilliant thing about Cookies and Scream is that is has two locations, a stall in The Market Hall at Camden Lock and the bake house on Holloway Road. I’m sure I must have purchased from the Camden stall before, because as I took that first mouthful of Cookies’ own peanut putter cookie pie on my visit to the capital last weekend, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia not unlike a resurfacing childhood memory, happy and sweet (hold the bitter).
I wanted to sample everything on offer, but sadly due to the sheer size of the portions (very generous) and my body’s limited ability to regulate all that sugar, I had to settle for sharing two cakes and milkshakes with my friend. We indulged in the ‘Chico’ pie and the ‘Beelzebub’ pie, a rich, chocolatey no-bake mud creation. We also chugged our way though a cookie dough milkshake and a brownie milkshake. After finishing everything, it’s safe to say we were pretty much laying face down on the floor of the cafe in candy comas.
If you are braver than I and want to sample more that just two cakes, you wont be strapped for choice; they do cookies, brownies, donuts, and more signature pies like Banoffee, Blue Moon, and Donnie Darko (choc mint mousse). They bake fresh every day so it’s best to just turn up and be excited for the surprise ahead. Oh did I mention that while we were stuffing our faces, the staff had picked a fantastic hardcore punk and post-punk playlist for our listening pleasure? I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, with a name like ‘Cookies and Scream’, that this fantastic little bakery draws an alternative and liberal crowd. But it is far from hipster, and the staff are super friendly and will give you recommendations and talk you through any of their bakes.
The portion sizes are well worth the (very reasonable) prices, and well worth a special trip across London to indulge in. Personally I am pining for a branch to open in Nottingham so I can eat it every day. Please, Cookies and Scream, please come to Nottingham I beg you.