I would like to introduce you to: Miss Poppy Cakes! a charming and magical cafeteria situated in a corner inside Camden Stables Market in Camden Town London. I am always searching for all things inspirational and the minute I walked into this Alice in Wonderland theme Cafe I knew there was an inspirational story behind…
On Saturday the 8th November through a rainy night I managed to make my way to meet Miss Poppy and find out the story behind this very inspirational and magical cafe. Meet Sarah or otherwise known as Miss Poppy. Sarah first came to London when she was 14 years old and something about the city captivated her. She is now 33 years old. She got her degree from Hungary where she is originally from, she studied Film Aesthetics with Philosophy and Religion. After working six years as an events organizer back home, she decided it was time to move to the city that captured her heart – London.
But before I continue with the interview let me show you through pictures this particular cafe decorated with an eye for detail. A little wonderland and a magical place where home-made cakes, cup cakes, are served daily along side coffees, teas, and organic juices. All in a relaxed atmosphere of magic and fairy tale. From the hand picked decoration to the icing on the delicious carrot cake, this is definite, a spot to visit if you are ever in London town.
As you can see so far it is a lovely & charming cafe with a fantastic atmosphere and there are a few more pictures I would like to share with you of some beautifully crafted miniatures. But for now lets continue with the interview.
When Sarah first arrived in London it was far from a fairy tale. It was very hard to find a job in baking coming from such a different career background. Nonetheless she persevered, knowing in her heart that she always dreamt with having her own little space one day. After many rejections she found work and for three years she worked in hotels and restaurants when finally one day she decided it was time to make her dream come true. I asked Sarah what was her driving force, and she responded that “It may sound boring, but if you really know what you want to do, don’t give up.” She also mentioned in our conversation that it was important to believe in the magical power of creation, in the determination force behind the dream. This woman is a true inspiration, her cafe has been open for four weeks and she works 6 days a week for long hours often up to early hours in the morning baking her cakes in her kitchen. When I asked her if it was too much work she responded “I do what I love – so it is never too much.” Sarah’s philosophy is that you CAN create the world around you but that first you must leave your fears aside, relax and let your passion arise.
Sarah didn’t just realised her dream of opening up her own “bakery” but she also found love in London. Her current business partner is also her love, his name is Gergely also from Hungary. He quit his high pay job in the city to join his girlfriend in this adventure and together they work side by side making this cafe a lovely place for visitors. Gregg is also responsible for the art design and the miniature figures which I will show you shortly.
On the 8th of November all the earnings from the cafe where going to the charity MIND that helps people with mental illness. This was a significant date for on this date Peter the guy that introduced Sarah & Gergely passed away. Here is a picture of him.
So if you ever in town pop by Miss Poppy Cakes I will write their website if you want to check it out. I find this story inspirational because it gives me hope. Absolutely anyone CAN achieve their dreams if they want it bad enough; all we have to do is pursue the desire of our heart and trust that the universe will put in our path the people, tools and opportunities we need to create our destiny. Like Joseph Campbell said “Follow your bliss.” and it will surely lead you to all the right places and people.