London Lovin’: W6 Garden Centre Café

“This is our way of celebrating the great city we live and work in. Where others see nothing but debris and stone, we see the possibility of a truly life-enhancing experience.” – W6 Creative Director Paul Holt. I was pleasantly thrilled to be amongst privileged writers notified of the grand opening of W6 Garden Centre Café. This gemContinue reading “London Lovin’: W6 Garden Centre Café”

Caffe Vergnano 1882

A while ago, I got to enjoy some much desired me-time in London! Originally from France, the British branch of Caffe Vergnano 1882 sits right across from Chancery Lane station, a short walk away from the likes of Prufrock and Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Everybody else was shopping at SOHO or Oxford CircusContinue reading “Caffe Vergnano 1882”

London Lovin’: Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

If you’re heading to Chancery Lane Station, you will find this neat little café hideout on Leather Lane, a short 5-minute walk from the subway station towards Holborn Viaduct. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is one of London’s most talked-about cafés on Yelp, TripAdvisor and many travel tip sites, and indeed the place servesContinue reading “London Lovin’: Department of Coffee and Social Affairs”

Pure Waffle, Duke St London

As mentioned previously, I had major unresolved cravings for waffles. Whilst everyone else went shopping at SOHO, I slinked into the stylish, contemporary waffle parlour to have the Pecan & Butterscotch Waffle with Ice Cream for lunch. The store manager Andy was extremely friendly and chatted with me! He commented on the books I wasContinue reading “Pure Waffle, Duke St London”

KULA Ice Cream Parlour & Coffee Bar

To satisfy the major cravings I had for waffles, I googled “Best Waffles in Central London”. This Swedish gem of a café turned up multiple times in the search engine and I decided to hunt it down! Jet lag woke me up at 5am hence I was ravenous! KULA opens at 8am. I took theContinue reading “KULA Ice Cream Parlour & Coffee Bar”

Coffee in a Victorian Lavatory

So, The Attendant is an abandoned underground toilet in London, refurnished into a café. Say what? I was skeptical about lingering lavatory smells but trust me, the café has been so thoroughly cleaned up, everyone’s literally eating off urinal walls. Pete Tomlinson and Ben Russel acquired the 1890′s victorian style London lavatory, and to capitalise uponContinue reading “Coffee in a Victorian Lavatory”

Lantana Café, London

A tangy, zesty slice of gluten-free lemon polenta later, we were outta the small takeouts-only café. Their Fitzrovia store has a dine-in area which was brimming with people at lunch-time. The smaller Lantana patisserie is well and aesthetically stocked: banana bread, blueberry muffins, double chocolate brownies, oaty nutty choc chip cookies, flourless almond cakes and aContinue reading “Lantana Café, London”

Charles Dickens Coffee House, Covent Garden

Evening cuppa at Charles Dickens Coffee House! This was once the busy office where Dickens published his periodical All The Year Round from 1859 until his death in 1870. I sipped on weak herbal tea with milk and had a slice of cheesecake to calm a crazy stream of thoughts. Can’t even begin to count the reasons whyContinue reading “Charles Dickens Coffee House, Covent Garden”

London Lovin’: Patisserie Valerie

Tucked away in the streets of Notthing Hill is a Patisserie Valerie – great wifi connectivity, comfy sofas, and mad awesome latte with cake! As it is now late-summer, London is all overcast skies and occasional light drizzles, which is perfect for a hot cuppa. Nothing makes me gladder than to see a spacious cafèContinue reading “London Lovin’: Patisserie Valerie”

London Lovin’: 3 Cafès to try along Oxford Circus

Of many the indie and chain coffee joints along Oxford Circus, I’ve made a list of 3 cafès I have to try when I’m back (because seriously, I want to but can’t be downing too much caffeine) JOE & THE JUICE 281 Regent Street London W1B 2HE Neighbourhoods: Fitzrovia, Marylebone CAFÈ ROUGE 11 Little ClarendonContinue reading “London Lovin’: 3 Cafès to try along Oxford Circus”

London Lovin’: Wild & Coffee Company

Sniffing out the best brews on my London cafè-hunt, I stumbled upon Wild & Coffee Company along Oxford Street. Dying for a mid-day coffee fix, I was so glad to see that it’s been labelled ‘London’s best coffee’. Though small and subtle, the interior decor is amazingly cosy. A really awesome place to sit andContinue reading “London Lovin’: Wild & Coffee Company”

London Lovin’: Pret A Manger

It’s London Lovin’ Week! Managed to tick something off my bucket list today: spend an afternoon with coffee and a book, in London’s Pret A Manger. The name Prêt à Manger means ‘ready-to-eat’ in French. The first shop was opened in Hampstead, London. (and please, it’s pronounced “pret-ah-mahn-zhay“, not “prettaye man-gurl”) What I had thisContinue reading “London Lovin’: Pret A Manger”

5 Best Blogs on Cafès in London

This time tomorrow I will be in London, trolling SOHO’s awesome cafès. It’s time to share my favorite blogs when I’m seeking the best of UK’s brews! The 5 Best Blogs on Cafès in London ♛ Caffeine Mag What it is: UK’s only consumer coffee magazine, available in independent coffee shops What I love: TheirContinue reading “5 Best Blogs on Cafès in London”