J+A Café in Clerkenwell is the kind of place where you sit down and inspired by the quaint courtyard outside and all the bunting, you write the premise to your social gentry novel on a napkin before chugging great coffee. They serve warm, hearty Irish food like homemade stew, freshly baked soda bread, seasonal quiche, and proper, brick-thick sandwiches with fresh relish. They aren’t the cheapest option in the area, but it’s worth it for access to their daily cakes with your pot of tea, and the knowledge that you’re eating great food in an old diamond-cutting factory.
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St. John Bar and Restaurant
St. John in Clerkenwell is a special place. It’s often referred to as an institution. And having a meal here is one of the best things you can do.
Moro is a classic and classy restaurant in Exmouth Market, serving seasonal Spanish/Moroccan cuisine.
Breddos is a Clerkenwell restaurant that makes tacos with creative fillings that aren’t authentic, but are absolutely delicious.
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Books For Cooks
Books for Cooks is a cookbook shop in Notting Hill that also runs a cafe at lunchtime. Check their Twitter feed to find out what’s cooking.
The Last Crumb
The Last Crumb is a spacious coffee shop in Stoke Newington, perfect for spending a couple of hours with a pastry, a sandwich, and a coffee.
The Tabernacle is the place for a hang in Notting Hill. Go here for a casual, simple meal.
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