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 edited by Talia Stanton

Last updated on 26th January 2024


Home to laid-back vibes, FAIM IN Fitzrovia is the ideal cafe hotspot. Whether you're looking for a cosy atmosphere to catch up on work or to meet your pals, this venue provides the perfect backdrop. On top of that, there are tasty brekky plates, pastries and live entertainment.

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.

Timber Lodge

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.

Fidelio Cafe

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.

EVE Kensington

Open daily from 7am to 5pm, EVE cafe serves up an overload of Mediterranean-inspired plates for you to nibble on as you flurry through work emails and a hefty online ASOS shop. From pastries to cakes and breakfast classics with a twist, don't miss out on the place that's on everyone's lips.

Jack And Beyond

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.