Whether for their welcoming atmosphere, freelance-friendly ethos or wicked interiors, we love London’s cafes. The perfect place to park and enjoy a rest from the city, throw ideas around, seek inspiration or settle down to work, everybody has a favourite spot. Allow us to share a few that we really love, both for their creativity and unmatched quality.
Pitfield London, Shoreditch
It may look understated from the outside but Pitfield street’s eponymous coffee shop Pitfield London is a treasure trove of eclectic bits and pieces. Serving hearty Italian lunches, tasty salads and sandwiches, it doubles up as an antiques and homewares shop, and gallery. Filled with more colourful glassware and brass pineapples than you can shake a stick at, vintage finds sit alongside modern gifts and jazzy designer wallpaper. With painted pastel chairs, friendly staff, cool chinaware and communal tables, it’s a great place to grab a magazine from the stack and relax, or join the many creatives who head there to meet and work every day.
Brockley Mess, Brockley
South easterly Brockley is full of unique cafes, most notably colourful 1950s-style joint Arlo & Moe, eco-friendly grocery store and coffee spot The Broca and local institution The Brockley Deli, but our favourite of all the leafy area has to offer is Brockley Mess. Half tiny eatery, half tiny gallery, the menu is small and brilliantly crafted. Cake and brunch are great options here and with colourfully tiled walls, large windows and blown-up photos, there’s plenty to look at. The regularly rotating cueB gallery sits in the back of the back of the open-plan space and is kid-friendly too.
Drink, Shop & Do, Kings Cross
A YGT favourite that also houses shop filled with offerings from talented designer/makers, Drink, Shop & Do plays host to exceptional afternoon teas, daily workshop sessions, crafting nights and more. The decor regularly changes, with everything from new framed illustrations to giant sweets and paper bunting lining the interior and the furniture is brilliantly retro – think bright fifties formica tables, school chairs and traditional Victorian corbels. With two bars, a generous cocktail list and a dance floor downstairs, there are plenty of reasons to love this place both by day and night.
Stour Space, Hackney
An original Hackney Wick warehouse, converted into an events and community space with an excellent cafe to boot. Stour Space retains its industrial roots with glass panes and painted beams surrounding the loft exhibition area but also manages to feel cosy, with up and downstairs seating overlooking the river. A great place to meet, work and explore, the menu is fresh and healthy, events range from yoga to electronic music nights and the unique space also plays host to artist studios and the SHOP – filled with art materials, limited edition prints, handmade zines, jewellery, homeware and more. Where better to enjoy a coffee?
Tina, We Salute You, Stratford and Dalston
A cool cafe that prides itself on its artist residencies and collaborations with a huge range of working creatives, Tina, We Salute You is a breath of fresh air. Showcasing a new mural every eight weeks, the walls are never the same for long. With great coffee and non-dairy alternatives available for the perfect soy or almond latte, the kitchen offers a twist on classic cafe fare. With a rotating array of residencies, enjoy hotdogs from DAWG on Tuesday and Sundays, tacos from Taco Dave on Wednesday and Thursdays and Brazilian cuisine courtesy of Gianne’s Kitchen on Friday and Saturdays. You can keep your panini, Starbucks.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth