Years ago, Bee and I rented a flat above a shop in Clapham. We could climb out of the window onto the flat roof overlooking the Common – it was a fantastic, if slightly precarious, place for a party. Clapham Picture House was round the corner, plus the atmospheric restaurant Gastro with its tumblers of red wine and bowls of mussels. You’d often see Vivienne Westwood’s muse Sara Stockbridge in there or Westwood herself as she lived around the corner. My only regret is that Patisserie Macaron was not there then. As cafes go, this one is pretty well perfect: the counter is piled high with éclairs, freshly made warm croissants, French sweets and jewel-coloured macaroons; the coffee is excellent, and there are views over the Common. The only tricky bit is getting a seat before all the bleary-eyed Sunday morning dads pile in with the kids. Friendly and fabulously French – take the 88 bus from Oxford Street and breakfast in style.
Patisserie Macaron, 22 The Pavement, London SW4