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Cafes in London: things to know before you go

We’ve answered these common questions about sinking a brew in the best cafés in London.

What is the best coffee shop in Central London for breakfast?

Breakfast is booming in the Big Smoke, so it’s a tough call to decide on the absolute best places to chow down. But here are three solid candidates for the best café in London:

  • The Daily Grind in Balham offers a leisurely way to start your day. Set a short stroll away from the underground, here you’ll find artisan sandwiches, delicious cakes and perfect pastries. It also serves the usual brunch suspects – excellent sourdough, various egg options and fluffy pancakes.
  • If you fancy something with an international twist (and who doesn’t at breakfast time?) the Richoux tea room has a French vibe and is an excellent choice if you want traditional classic like eggs benedict, smoked salmon bagels and freshly baked croissants.
  • Want a fancier option? The Chilworth Hotel is a must. It offers spectacular views overlooking Paddington and Bayswater and serves up a range of posh brekkie options. Choose from cinnamon French toast, continental cheeses and Indian delicacies to start your day in style.

Are there any traditional cafes or tea rooms left in London?

Traditional cafés and tea rooms are still going strong in London. There are many places to enjoy tea at traditional cafés in London.

  • The Royal Horseguards sits on the Embankment and serves up some of the best views in London alongside a beautiful afternoon tea and champagne. The building is Grade I listed and housed the secret service during the First World War, making it an iconic spot to say the least.
  • Located on Park Lane, the Montcalm is a traditional afternoon tea room with an opulent twist. Expect all the regulars, finger sandwiches, sumptuous scones and a glass of bubbles, with the option to order off the lunch time menu if you fancy a change.
  • It’s worth mentioning that some of the non-traditional afternoon teas can be delicious, too, with Japanese and Indian options among those to be found across the city.

Where can I get the best bread in London?

We’ve survived the days of the sliced white loaf and come out the other side into a bread mecca. All over London there are now bakers who’ve taken their passion and turned it into artisanal bakehouses, and those who were quietly making great bread throughout the dark days. Browse these quality London bakeries to find the closest one to you.

Where can I work remotely in London?

Co-working spaces for freelancers might be booming, but for many office-less workers there’s still no better choice than a café with fast Wi-Fi.

  • Urban Meadow Café, based in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, is a great place to work if you’re looking for spacious surroundings, an extensive selection of sweet treats and has an outdoor seating area. This place is also ideal for catching a few rays in the summer months. Plus it’s just a short stroll across from Hyde Park – perfect for taking a break from work for a relaxing stroll.
  • Happy Donuts is also a favourite for remote workers. Based in Notting Hill, it’s a great spot if you’re looking for somewhere in central London to grab a quick pick me up on your way home after a hard day’s graft.