If going to confession leaves you in need of sugar, the Patisserie Valerie, near the Brompton Oratory, fills more than just bills. Especially full post-Mass on a Sunday, this airy picture-covered cafe sells the kind of petits fours and gateaux that should send you straight back begging absolution and a choice of coffees that verges on the bewildering.

They also sell more meal-like stuff: doughy things with cheese in, sandwiches and so forth. Also because, presumably, of its proximity to a posh Catholic church, this place is popular with women of a kind of elegance you normally only see in South America.

Patisserie Valerie, 215 Brompton Rd SW3 (071-823 9971).

Monday: The Dog & Fox, Wimbledon High Street, SW15.

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