Just look what ITV can do when the Saturday night schedules aren’t clogged up with Cowell’s creations! Yes, ‘a celebrity entertainment series with a comedy twist’. Sounds chilling, doesn’t it?
Moving swiftly on past the gruesome hosting duo of Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness, we get to the fun bit of ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’: celebrities performing as different musical icons week after week, getting marked on their performances by a panel including Emma Bunton and Julian Clary. Plucked from the same pile of ‘cheap, cheerful and up for a laugh’ C-listers are the competitors themselves. Alexander Armstrong. Denise Lewis. Bobby Davro. You get the idea.
So what stops this from being ‘Stars in their Eyes’ by another name? Well, the celebrities will pick who they imitate at random, giving them a week to prepare. A fiendish twist, we’re sure you’ll agree. It should bomb appallingly, of course, but then we thought the same about ‘Splash!’…
Lily Jones (aka Lily Vanilli) carved out a solid, celebrity-packed fan base well before opening her own bakery. Her foray into sculptural, macabre cake creations (roadkill cake, gingerbread gravestones, marzipan beetles) gave sweet treats a contemporary, anti-cute makeover and set her far apart from the mainstream cupcake clan. It’s a touch surprising, then, to find her first establishment, just off Columbia Road flower market, completely void of gore. The baker’s experimental creativity, however, remains on show. On our visit, we ogled a towering pomegranate and coconut Victoria sandwich, glistening honeycomb and ganache tarts and individually turned out cherry bakewells. The bakewells – lined up like cherry-topped pork pies – had a unique pastry top concealing buttery, almond-sweet frangipane and a beautifully sharp fruit compote. The more familiar red velvet cupcakes were equally good, as was a heady, deliciously naughty absinthe and mint ice cream. Space is tight (this is a bakery, after all) with not much indoor seating and a courtyard area packed with customers. Vintage styling and rustic touches (wooden boards on the counters and areas of bare brick) make this a cosy teatime destination – one you’d gladly make the effort to visit on Sunday, the sole opening day.
Venue says: “Friendly Sunday cafe with delicious coffee, cakes and pastries. We also offer a fully bespoke cake, canape and wedding cake service.”