CoffeeWorks serves some of the best coffee in London, and this branch also has a sizeable menu of quality food, particularly the salads. Weekdays are easiest for bagging a table, but you’ll still find lots of laptop slaves throughout the day. Like any remotely decent food source in the area, it’s rammed both days of the weekend. In warm weather, get an iced coffee and drink it in the garden.
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Linden Stores is a wine bar and small plates spot near Highbury Corner, and it’s really quite nice.
Indian Veg is a no-frills, all-you-can-eat buffet spot in Islington. It’s pretty good, and very cheap.
Radici is a big restaurant serving Italian classics, and while it might not be the most exciting spot in Islington, it’s one of the most useful.
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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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Prufrock serves some of the best coffee in London, and it’s also a great place to hang out, do some work, or just see a friend.
The Coffeeworks Project Southwark
Coffeeworks has the best coffee close to Southwark Station, as well as fast wi-fi and plenty of space to work and hang out.
The Wet Fish Cafe
Wet Fish is a posh neighbourhood cafe in Hampstead serving food that's way better than you'd expect.
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