This is another of those places not to be missed. It is a cafeteria which can no longer be found in London. Good coffee, good pastries and cakes, lovely service and a unique tables to pass that way. An ideal place to clear your any morning or afternoon. A pleasure to place.
This small cafe has the distinction of being built in Horace Jones Vault, one of the arches of Tower Bridge, the most famous bridge in London. It's on the south bank and the part that faces the river has much glass so you can see the Thames activity from inside with a coffee. The cafe is open all day, the English breakfast is sausages, baked beans and bacon and the more continental breakfast is baguette and toast or scones. At noon the menu changes to fresh salads and soups, melon and ham, dishes that you generally don't find in a cafe, but being a tourist spot I guess they have adapted to their market. It's open from 8 am - 11:30 pm so you can take advantage of Tower Bridge day and night, open or closed. There is a selection of over 50 beers, English, European, American, bottled and pressure.
Cafe in the Crypt is a small cafe/restaurant in the crypt of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields church. The cafe also organizes more than 180 concerts every year. Built in 1726, St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an Anglican church that combines classical and baroque styles. The church has been completely re-furbished since its original construction.
I found spectacular inside the cafeteria of the Victoria & Albert Museum. I thought the inside of the cafeteria in the Victoria & Albert Museum was spectacular, with its decorated columns, painted ceilings and fine gold leaf decorations. Overall museums cafeterias are quite sad, but this is one is fun for the eyes while you're standing in line (because there were so many people!). There is a large selection of pastries and cold things to snack on. Some hot dishes at midday let you make a full meal out of it. Prices are very reasonable, similar to what you find in a regular coffee; A little over 2 pounds for a hot chocolate, a little less for a coffee, and pastries are about 1.50.
The Garden Café and Bar is a small cafe on the street parallel to Carnaby Street. While Carnaby is full of tourists and British fashionistas, Newburgh Street is quieter. The stores are mainly small boutiques that have given the reputation of the Carnaby district. This bar was recently renovated, and has a traditional country decor with some antiques. They serve tasty and healthy food, such as sandwiches to go or eat at the tables set up outside in good weather. The place is small but is a great place to grab a quick and inexpensive bite to eat in a great location.
If you are in London, you can't miss this typical French pastry shop. Here you can find all the best French pastries and cakes, the traditional chocolate, croissants, apple pepitos, fresh pasta and small macarons. There are also delicious drinks. The style of the store is undoubtedly French and the paint is very nice, remember the impressions of the golden age of French traditional bakeries that are known worldwide. Don't miss this store, there are 3 in London!
The coffee chain Nero are everywhere in London. They have pretty good coffee, much like other large chain coffee shops, and you can just relax on the premises or take away. They are perfect places for a quick breakfast, besides all kinds of coffee they also have muffins, cookies and cakes. The best thing is that some have a small terrace outside that are ideal for having a snack in warm weather.
Daylesdord is a nice organic shop with several branches in London. Some are simply shops and some are cafes, like Pimlico Road, close to Victoria bus and train stations. They focus on healthy, seasonal products from small producers and their own gardens. They make their cheeses, breads, cakes, and gourmet prepared food if you don't want to cook (just heat it up at home). It's a family story that began 20 years ago in the Cotswolds, they decided to move towards more environmentally friendly farming and improve their products. Success came, turning the family store into a London business. There are also some fair trade products, but most are made by them. High prices and premium products.
Whenever I go to London I just have to cross the Millennium Bridge and go to this amazing museum. The cafe offers a great view across the city. It is on the first floor, with milkshakes and meal deals available. Above, the third floor Espresso Bar has two terraces overlooking the Thames, where you'll have great views of the bridge and the dome of St Paul's, my favorite views in London.
Cereal Killer Cafè is the trendiest place on Brick Lane. It's a cafe where they only serve milk and cereal. As you can imagine, it's stirred up a lot of controversy and even some politicians have gotten involved. When you get there, you'll see that the line to get a bowl of cereal is huge, especially on Sunday when the Brick Land market is happening. If you really want your bowl of cereal on Sunday morning, be prepared to wait at least a half an hour. Once you get in, you find a huge selection of American, British and international cereals with milk, honey, and all types of toppings. The average price is about 3 pounds for a medium bowl, but it goes up from there if you want special milk or toppings. It's open every day from 7am to 10pm because hey...it's always a good time for cereal.
This cafe used to be a motorcycle shop that specialised in Vespas that was gradually replaced the dust and greasy hands for a more caring and gentle environment.
Between older models of Piaggios, Vespas and Lambrettas they put in small round tables, which is just charming. The owners serve good coffee made in a old espresso machine, variety of wines and not much more. This is a real quiet, very original place hidden behind the Waterloo station.
Ebb is a gourmet cafe in the old industrial buildings of St Katherine's Dock. It's a nice place because you are on the water, in an artificial harbor built on the Thames.
Tourists normally walk by when visiting the Tower Bridge, but don't enter the port. Ebb serves a selection of coffees (hot and cold) with chocolate, cream, sort of like Starbucks does. It is a place where young rich people from the neighbourhood gather on the weekend to read a newspaper on the terrace. Every day they make fresh homemade scones, muffins, etc. that you can take to go or eat in their small room. It is modernly decorated and has wifi available to customers. At noon they serve paninis and fast food.
Located just opposite the famous Monmouth Coffee, this cafe serves delicious espresso and has a variety of delicious snacks and pastries. It is a café and deli, where you can buy homemade pasta and all kinds of ingredients for Italian cuisine.
As STARBUCKS's is the most famous place for coffee elsewhere in the world, England's equivalent is this coffee chain where you can also be lovely branded goods to take home. A very relaxing place to go.
It turns out that this Belgian chain is also in London. We had breakfast at one of its premises in Madrid and since our favorite choice (Valerie) was closed, we tried this place on Wilton Road for breakfast.