Kaffeine was one of the pioneers in London’s coffee scene, and it remains one of the best. During busy times, which means a lot of the day, it’s pretty frantic – try to grab a seat at the back to stay out of the crush. The food here is always good – nothing spectacular, just sandwiches, salads, and tasty baked things made with good ingredients and sold at reasonable prices for this part of town. If the place is really heaving, order your coffee at the counter and stay there to get it, rather than counting on the sometimes-overworked waiters.
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Koba is a swish spot that’s perfect for giving friends an intro to the joys of Korean barbecue.
If you can see past the fashion nonsense at Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia, you’ll find some of the best Thai food in Central London right now.
Clipstone in Fitzrovia serves creative small plates and is a great place for anyone looking to dip their toes into fine dining.
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Timmy Green is a great cafe in Victoria. It’s the kind of place the Australian personal trainer you dream about would go to brunch.
Popham’s is a comfortable and spacious Hackney bakery making superb pastries in the day and handmade pasta at night.
Jolene is a bakery, café, and restaurant on Newington Green serving very nice, very grainy, very wholesome breakfast, lunch and (on some days) dinner.
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