Friday, July 17, 2009

Hope and Greenwood (Purveyors of Splendid Confectionery) - a delightful little sweets shop

Hope+and+Greenwood+sweetsNothing sets you off on a trip to memory lane like sweets from your childhood. Those little packs of boiled spicy sweets in crinkly wrappers for 10 cents , bought over the counter at a small dingy provision shop with a ceiling fan whirling overhead, casting shadows and providing relief from the hot Singapore afternoon sun. Aaaaah, those were the days. Where everything is in black and white and the measure of your happiness is how many sweets you were holding in your little sweaty palms. When you were immersed in Enid Blyton's tales of The Magic Faraway Tree and tales of miraculous magic sweets with hidden delights within.


I found myself transported to this bygone era when I chanced upon Hope and Greenwood (Purveyors of Splendid Confectionery) in Covent Garden the other day. A delightful little shop, it is crammed full of all sorts of sweets and delights that you could ever imagine. Rolls of big glass jars filled to the brim with sweets of all shapes and colours line the shelf behind the counter enticing you to step into the shop. It was everything I imagined how the little sweet shop in Enid Blyton stories would look like.



Like a greedy little child, I wanted every single thing in the shop. Coca Cola fizzies! Rosey apples! Orange Crystals! I want them all. Alas, I no longer have the digestive abilities of a 7 year old for all things sweet and have to content myself with a small bag of toasted tea cakes nicely wrapped in a small red and white stripped paperbag. They may not be the same spicy sweets I had those years ago but at that moment I was a seven year old again.

Twinke Toe

Hope and Greenwood - Purveyors of Splendid Confectionery
1 Russell Street, London WC2
Tel: 020 7240 3314

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kyh said...

I loved, and I still love Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series. And the Wishing Chair adventures too! All the magical lands and bizarre adventures, they're every kid's fantasies!

Cola fizzies are my fave candies, though I don't really take sweets nowadays.

C K said...

I've never read Enid Blyton before though I understand that TT practically lived on those as a kid.

Hardy boys and ahem, the occasional Nancy Drew for me. :)