Best Cafes in London

Looking for a gathering of the best cafes and coffee shops in London? Our hand-picked guide was built with exactly you in mind. Brimming with independent outlets, kooky hangouts and welcoming pit-stops ideal for both work and play, there's no shortage of options for your caffeine fix in the capital. We've picked out a selection of our favourites - go get stuck into our recommended quirky London cafes for all your coffee and cake needs.

Last updated on 8th December 2021

Be transported to Puglia, Italy thanks to yapix and their Veronero coffee, as they're serving the perfect cup to every guest. Better yet? You can can chow down on Italian sandwiches, fresh pasta and traditional pinsa - an Ancient Roman recipe that makes a healthy alternative to pizza.

If you fancy sipping your favourite coffee inside the former art bunker of Feliks Topolski, one of World War II's official artists, then we know just the spot for you. This quirky cafe is named after the man himself and hosts a carefully curated calendar of live music, film screenings and DJs in the evening.

Smiths of Smithfield

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Smith's relaxed and inviting nature makes it one of the top cafes in London to study. Immerse yourself in these Grade II listed surroundings and hit the books, the comfy leather seating, raw brickwork and industrial touches exude a super chilled out feel. The caf serves up a mean cup of coffee as well as a menu that features all-day breakfast and several lighter bites.

Head down to Stratford where this eco-friendly cafe and restaurant offers a stunning spot to enjoy some fresh coffee and a bite to eat. Whether you're looking to tuck into a hearty fry-up or a homemade sandwich from their deli menu, they've got some excellent food options and gorgeous surroundings to enjoy them in.

If there was ever a cafe to get your day off to a flying start, The Breakfast Club is it. Renowned throughout London for their exhaustive breakfast menu (you can get everything from a breakfast burrito to stacks upon stacks of pancakes), this Battersea gem is inspired by a 50s kitchen and an 80s launderette. Pop in for a coffee any time of day and don't forget to ask for a date with the King of Ladies Man...

Ask For Janice

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Rounding off our list of the best London cafes is Ask For Janice, an open and inviting pad that you'll find in Farringdon. Opening bright and early for breakfast, select between house cured treacle bacon, free range eggs and freshly made crumpets at AFJ, where the focus is on sharing. The atmosphere is serene, coffee comes courtesy of Coleman Roasters and Chandler Bing's shrill ex-girlfriend is nowhere to be seen.

Jack And Beyond is the award-winning cafe and bakery in Fulham serving up cheesecake crumble, classics like red velvet and novelty options such as Boris Johnson cookies. Best of all? There's afternoon tea, bubbles and brunch (bottomless cake, anyone?) aplenty.