Who doesn’t like going out and exploring new places while trying new dishes and drinks? Do you get bored of going to that same place and experiencing the same atmosphere everyday for lunch or every weekend for brunch? Do you get excited when you make plans to meet up with your friends to go to a new restaurant or cafe? If you are like me, and you enjoy trying all kinds of different places for brunches, lunches, coffees and afternoon teas then this book is for you!
Did you know that you can have a delicious brunch selected from a creative menu at “Sunday” that is served not only on Sundays’ but everyday except for Mondays? Did you know that “Counter Café” doesn’t only serve coffee but also roasts its own, which you can take with you after enjoying a delicious cup there.
And “Hackney Bureau” has recently added a kitchen and is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner while keeping its famous rotating exhibitions. Did you know that the folks at “Monmouth” started sourcing and roasting high-quality coffee beans in 1978 and is now serving the sweet fruity Ethiopian Deri Kojao? What about learning that “Violet Cakes” changes the icing on their super delicious vanilla cupcakes with the seasons: rhubarb in spring, fragola grapes in autumn and red berries in summer.
Did you know that cake lovers who cannot stomach gluten dairy, eggs or sugar can find all what they wish for at “Bake-A-Boo” which serves all those delicious cakes without adding these traditional ingredients? And you can explore the exceptional work from local and international artists in several cafes such as “The Proud Archivist”.
You can find such and many other interesting and useful tips in this amazing book! They are included in the first six sections of the book: “Brunch”, “Lunch”, “Coffee”, “Cakes & Bakes”, “Afternoon Tea” and “Culture, Shop, Tea Break”.
However, my favourite section of the book is the last one: “Unusual & Alfresco”. Reviews in this part will take you to all the magical cafes you might have not even known exist in London. In one amazing place you can choose from 120 different varieties of cereal, pick your favourite milk and take your place at one of the old-school cartoon duvets. Another two-floor dinning room is filled with cats who nap in the cozy beds and padded boxes set out all over the place. If you’ve ever been looking for this board game café where you can spend an evening or a weekend afternoon playing one of around 500 board games, I can assure you it exists in London. A child-friendly café is a dream-comes-true for any mom out there who wants to enjoy her cup of tea or coffee while still warm, while her kids go nuts in the designated play area or attend a dance class or a mask-making workshop. Sounds interesting? Get your own copy of Cafe London! It will guide you to the very best 100 cafes, coffee shops and afternoon tea destinations in London.
Café London is published by Frances Lincoln, cover price £10. More information on the book can be found here.
Disclosure:I have received this book for in exchange for a review, I was not obliged to make a positive one, and all views are of my own.