London is awash with chains of coffee shops serving similar versions of latte and macchiato with factory made cakes and endless panninis. The same staff, the same interior, making our breaks as anodyne as a trip to the supermarket. Discover the secret London whilst enjoying a proprietary blend coffee and great food in an individual interior with staff who either own or genuinely care about the future of the cafe. Get under the belly of London with Cafe London by Zena Alkayat, directing and enticing you to new discoveries.
With chapters covering Brunch; Lunch; Coffee; Cakes and Bakes; Afternoon Tea; Culture, Shop, Tea Break and Unusual & Alfresco this book is about so much more than just a place for coffee. Hang out with the Hipsters in Hackney Wick at Counter Cafe where you can revel in their own roasted coffee, try the Turkish eggs or a classic Benedict in a stunning converted wharehouse.
Discover Brixton Village with a choice of cafes housed in the thriving covered market. Enjoy the buzz as you devote the day to trying each one. Make food discoveries, whilst enjoying a chat with your friends.
Cafe London takes you to London’s museums for lunch, prestigious venues for Tea and an English Heritage stately home in the heart of London.
Enjoy London the Cafe London way introducing you to the unusual, the classic and the esoteric. Almost small enough to fit into a pocket, take it with you when you shop, consult it for a different lunch experience and rely on it for an adventure.
Cafe London edited by Zena Alkayat is published by Frances Lincoln (£9.99).
Photography by Kim Lightboy