*London cafes: your very best recommendations, please!

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. nino_savatte

    nino_savatte No pasaran!

    That's right, but for some reason the owners (who also owned The Bridge in Barnes) sold it to Plum.
  2. greasyspoon

    greasyspoon New Member

  3. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Two I know already, but have visited recently and can recommend:

    Cafe Sol in Crystal Palace (Westow Street) - went there today & the friendly owner remembered me even though I haven't been for ages! Unpretentious, decent coffee, freshest ciabatta I have had in ages, lovely choice of sandwich fillings & not too expensive.

    The Glow Lounge in Clapham South (bordering on Balham) - laid back, free papers, friendly service (can be a little slow when busy), good food & juices. A nice outdoor area, though being a troglodyte myself I don't use it.
  4. tbaldwin

    tbaldwin the experts are morons R.I.P.

    There is a new cafe opened up in the yard up the top of crampton street near the elephant that is well worth checking out if your in the area.
  5. johnbytheway

    johnbytheway New Member

    really good kebab house

    This Kebab House is brillant and so cheap

    Chicken Donna is £3.00, Meat donna same.
    It is at turnpike lane near the tube entrance in Wellington parade Called the new Capital Kebab Resturant.
  6. Loupylou

    Loupylou Well-Known Member

    It's called 'The Electric Elephant' at 186a Crampton Street SE17 - near the top of Walworth Rd.
    Open 7.30 a.m to 5 p.m M-F & 10 a.m to 3 p.m Sat.
    Fresh soup every day, organic pastries & bread for sandwiches - good range of sandwich fillings, salads, homemade cakes & the famous Borough Market chocolate brownies. Damn Fine (fairtrade organic) coffee. Also doubles as a gallery exhibiting work by Pullens Yards artists.

    The best cafe near where I live is Cafe Van Gogh on Brixton Rd - really excellent quality food & a lovely building. Open til 5 Mon - Sat.
  7. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

    Endorsed. Also a mention for a nice one opposite the football pitch off Grafton Way in Fitzrovia. (Same street as the Agra indian restaurant)
  8. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Is that the one near Amelia St?

    It looks good, but is off the beaten track, so i don't know how successful it will be.
  9. Loupylou

    Loupylou Well-Known Member

    yes that's the one.
    It's in a pretty good location cos it has all the businesses of the Pullens Yards right next to it (approx 150-200 people work there), is in the heart of the Pullens estate itself, as well as a new housing development across the street, & one being built around the corner, & there are loads of offices around. It seems to be pretty successful already :) There's not exactly much (any) competition for decent food & coffee in that area......
  10. _pH_

    _pH_ .

    me and roadkill went to a nice cafe in greenwich today, on royal hill (next door but 1 to drings butchers). it's a florists that has a little cafe too, very friendly people, nice atmosphere, not expensive............and a KITTEH!! called Mimi :)
  11. tbaldwin

    tbaldwin the experts are morons R.I.P.

    Yeah have to say i thought the " Electric Elephant" is a good caf. Sat outside i reckon it will do much more business in the summer as its quite small inside.
  12. what

    what Well-Known Member

    Caffe 43

    Caffe 43 on Pratt Street in camden between bayham street and camden street.
    Standard cafe fare breakfasts and lunches but cheap and hearty. Worth going just to see how many times they say goodbye to you
  13. Scozia

    Scozia New Member

    Wally's Cafe in Avery Row is another good option, always filled with builders and Claridges doormen and there's usually a long queue around the block for the takeaway option.
    Someone asked about the Sandwich Bar in Brooks Mews, unfortunately it closed a few months ago.
  14. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    the toad's mouth (i think?) in brockley is LOVELY.

    and honest foods on coldharbour lane is my new favourite - had the best veggie breakfast evah on sunday, lovely staff, and some *gorgeous* art for sale that i'm saving up for :)
  15. bigal

    bigal Here's to futility!

    What about the demise of proper 'bubble', i've been served up fried mashed potatoes with frozen veg in it! The majority of greasy-spoon cafes in London are bloody awful, the quality is usually very poor, there are a few gems, 'Maria's' in Borough Market, 'Velli's' in Drayton Park to name but a few.
  16. Greenfish

    Greenfish New Member

    used to love that juice bar thing on coldharbour lane. was shocked it closed, seemed like a good earner.
  17. Greenfish

    Greenfish New Member

    manzes and arments pie and mash. can't beat it.
  18. pootle

    pootle little moran

    I've got a craving for a cooked breakfast - might go and check out Mario's Cafe and go all St Etienne
  19. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    I popped in there, and it turns out I know the girl who runs it. She's part of the Unsound crowd.
  20. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Used to live on Crampton Street- thats the old Pullens Centre I suspect

    Always an Unsound kinda place, the Pullens!!!:D
  21. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    Any suggestions in the Paddington area?
  22. brix

    brix spinster of this parish

  23. Lit Up

    Lit Up Banned Banned

  24. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    It's perhaps more of a deli than a cafe, but here's a wee plug for Nevada Street, on the street of the same name in Greenwich, near the entrance to Greenwich Park. The woman who runs it is very welcoming, the food looks great, the coffee is more than drinkable and it's a very pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by. I've got into the habit of reading and/or working in there over a coffee. :cool:
  25. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Tony's on Chapter Street in Pimlico, just off Vauxhall Bridge Road is great. Blinding crusty bread, good daily specials, tea in mugs and the coffee is excellent too. A real old school caff.
  26. IMR

    IMR well-meaning tosser

    Went into Pellici's on Bethnal Green Road last Saturday. It is certainly not the cheapest (or biggest) cafe round there but it is beautiful inside, the food is good, the atmosphere down-to-earth and friendly.
  27. brix

    brix spinster of this parish

    I often meet friends in there for a Saturday morning fry up. It's a great place and, like you say, really old school :cool:
  28. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    i was just thinking how i could go check that out when i'm at work, but then i remembered i don't work near there anymore. :(
  29. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    ...and always such a warm welcome. "Hello lovely people!"
  30. Clint Iguana

    Clint Iguana not an undercover cop

    Inspiralled, camden High Street

    Not sure if this counts as a cafe, it aint a greasy spoon, but then again it aint a restaraunt, I happened accross INSPIRALLED this week whilst visiting your little town.

    From the website it looks too new age to be real, but it is actually very friendly and the food is out of this world (at a down to earth price).

    It is very much into vegetarianism, fair trade, saving the planet, healthy living and chilling out, which might sound a bit pretentious, but that is not how it felt on my visit. They have some interesting events in there, including DJs (Don Letts at the controls this very evening).

    it is as close as i have ever been to being in a festival cafe in an urban setting. Which is not surprising cos it has its roots in the party scene, they were heavily involved in the Synergy Project events.

    It is plonked at the end of the High Street, overlooking the canal, and makes a welcome break from goth t-shirts, poppers and bongs.

    The decor, the music and the friendly atmosphere are all an added bonus, cos at the end of the day what you want from a cafe is good food, and the food i sampled this week was awesome.

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