I'm looking for an interesting place to have dinner tonight with the girls before we hit the cinema. So, I've turned to Time Out- best city-guide ever - to come up with some ideas. However, I just keep finding OTHER places that are not exactly suitable for tonight (because they're cafes/bakeries) that I REALLY want to check out in the future. So I'm putting some up here... and if you wanna' join me, please let me know!
Again, lists make things more official:
London Review Cake Shop
"A sun-filled space that uses Monmouth beans and sources cakes from small, independent producers. Books, newspapers and magazines are strewn about the room, and the communal table is perfect for literary chin-wagging."
14-16 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL
Hours: M-Sat 10-6, Sun 12:30-5:30
"The Scandinavian warehouse design is a change from the nu-jazz soundtracks and overstuffed sofas that threaten to eat you up elsewhere. Cappuccino here is strong and sturdy, much like the Ikea-esque cup it’s served in – and the cocoa dusted on top is smooth and bitter instead of Nestlé-sweet. You won’t find sugar on the table, nor will a sachet be presented on your serving tray: it’s a hint at coffee purism."
14 Golden Square, W1F 9JF
Tube: Picadilly Circus
Hours: M-F 8-8, Sat 11-7, Sun 11-6
Le Peche Mignon
"Frenchmen squeezed behind a tiny counter groove to disco beats as they make coffee and serve sandwiches, salades composées and baskets of pastries. There’s a modest communal table, plus a bit of garden furniture out back. If you come just for coffee at lunchtime, you may have to make way for dining customers. Still, this is an entertaining spot.">
6 Ronalds Rd, N5 1XH
Tube: Holloway Road
Hours: M-F 8-7, Sat 9-6, Sun 9-5
Climpson and Sons
"This minimal café gets mightily crowded at weekends thanks to the team’s well-made gibraltars, piccolos and ristrettos. Their quest for self-improvement is continuous, in the form of new latte art, or the investment in naked La Marzocco portafilters (which allow baristas to see whether or not they’re pulling the perfect shot). Such coffee geekiness is charming."
67 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Tube: Bethnal Green
Hours: M-F 8-5, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 10-4