Cafe Culture has been mushrooming all over London

Emma Wallis

By , Local Expert, London
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Wherever you happen to be wandering, they'll be a great Cafe in London to perk up your spirits and set you on your way.  Many of them like to use local as possible food, old British traditional tastes and home made goodies.  Check out the following list, from Konditor and Cook in Waterloo, to Ginger and White in Hampstead.  Bea's in Bloomsbury, and the French style Sable' D'Or in Crouch End.  The Blue Legume in Highbury and Stoke Newington and the Fleet River Cafe in Holborn.  If you fancy a spot of tennis, or find yourself in South West London, why not check out The Light Cafe in Wimbledon, or for a great roasted coffee,...  Read more »

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    The Delauney

    Local Expert Tip: "Right near the river and theatre land, this is the perfect place to stop off before or after a bracing walk along the river, or a wander through literary London and the heart of Bloomsbury."

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    Konditor and Cook

    Local Expert Tip: "Does great cakes all year round, but their Christmas treats for children are brilliant, colourful and eye poppingly good."

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    Climpson & Sons

    Local Expert Tip: "On Saturdays, Broadway Market is packed with food stalls and kooky products from vintage tea cups to retro baby clothes. You'll be lucky to get a coffee within 20 minutes wait. "

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    Sable D'or Patisserie

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring a Sunday or Saturday newspaper, and hunker down for a long morning of indulgence and magazine browsing peppered with flaky croissants and milky frothy coffee."

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    Ginger and White

    Local Expert Tip: "The kitchen closes at 16.30 so this is strictly lunch or a quick coffee but so worth it. Burn off some of those calories after with a spin around Hamstead Heath."

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    Chiswick House Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Open from 9-17.00 or dusk in winter, this calming cafe serves up the cream of English food to a discerning public."

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    The Light Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch starts at 12 and dinner at 5 here. Coffee and cakes sold all day, it's closed on Sunday nights."

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    Fleet River Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Get their for 12 to get a place high up the queue and that way you have the choice of the best cuts of quiche, salads and cake. Or pop in for coffee and cake later in the day when the lunchtime crowd has moved on."

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    Bea's of Bloomsbury Cakes

    Bea's of Bloomsbury is a brilliant place to take afternoon tea, from crunchy meringues, to cup cakes, to...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "It's no longer just in Bloomsbury, find branches in Chelsea, at major stores, food markets, St Pauls, and of course Bloomsbury. Apart from the delicious cakes, their savoury lunch menus are great too."

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    The Blue Legume

    Local Expert Tip: "Best for Brunch and lunch just because of the feel of the cafe, but the food doesn't stint if you want to pop in for an evening meal either. Go early to avoid disappointment as they are often full with a queue."



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