Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Cafe London - Your Guidebook to London's Best Cafes

On the back of the success of Eat Like a Londoner comes Café London, a more bespoke offering that focuses on the city’s café culture and informal dining scene.  

Totally detaching itself from the chain café/coffee shops that populate High Streets en masse, this book is a show & tell of the unusual and the wonderful , which with a bit of research you can find for yourself off the beaten track.

Whilst celebrating London’s diversity within, the book skips along nicely through sections of brunch, lunch, coffee and afternoon tea accompanied by the author’s suggestions for each category.  Each suggestion has been made based on a loveable feature of a place whether that be simply that the coffee there is good, or it’s an international cuisine rarely encountered or that you get a slice of live opera with your ‘rosie lee’. 

The one which made me smile the most was ‘Cereal Killers Café’ in Camden.  As you sit on bed style seating with quirky cartoon character duvet covers, you are served a bowl of breakfast cereal from the 100+ ones available, many of which have come from abroad.  How cool is that?

This book is a really handy guide to exploring new haunts in London and it would also work well as an interesting ‘coffee table book’ (do excuse the pun there)!

When it comes to London based cafes, I make so secret of adoring and frequenting Bar Italia in Soho, but I intend on working my way through Café London as trying something different is part of the reason I love visiting the capital.   

What’s your favourite café in London?


Information about Café London:

Cafe London edited by Zena Alkayat is published by Frances Lincoln (£9.99). More information on the book can be found here. 


Disclosure:    This post has been written following a complementary copy of Café London.  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.  

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