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 14th November 2022




One of the best cafes in London, thanks to its lineup of live jazz and piano, Fidelio Cafe is a lovely place to head to. With a variety of spaces available to settle down in, including a mezzanine restaurant and basement lounge, it's pretty easy on the eye too.

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.

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.

21Soho

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Situated in the heart of the city, 21Soho is your one-stop-shop for delicious scran and drinks. Boasting a sunny terrace, large main bar, and intimate cocktail lounge, the venue also has a cafe which slings out pastries, bagels, and coffee from Climpson & Sons.

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...

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.