Review: The Kauri Tree, Stoke Newington

About The Kauri Tree is a relatively new boy of the Stoke Newington café scene. There’s very little information available about it, except that it opened in July and is owned by Alex Ross, former owner of Granita and the Spence. It serves Climpson coffee. And, it has a lot of local competition. Coffee –…

Review: The Haberdashery, Crouch End

About While it’s only been in Crouch End for a few years, The Haberdashery has the feel of somewhere that’s always been around. And in that short time it has won numerous awards including Best Coffee Shop in London at the London Lifestyle Awards. It’s somewhere I’ve been going to since it opened and I’ve…

Review: J+A Cafe, Clerkenwell

About After visiting the Barbican Centre, I was wandering around the lanes of 60s brutalist architecture and old Victorian terraces, trying to find a decent cafe. As with a lot of tourist attractions, nearby eateries tended to be aimed at either tourists or the business crowd. However, tucked away down a little alley off Clerkenwell…

Review: The Brew House, Hampstead

About Set inside the wonderful Kenwood House, The Brew House Café is run by the Company of Cooks, which has the noble intentions of getting good food into public places. And here they succeed. Unlike many cafes in parks or stately homes, a lot of thought has gone into this recently refurbished venue. Kenwood House’s…

Review: Java Tree Cafe, King’s Cross

About Set among the side streets across from King’s Cross station sits Java Tree Café. This area has been neglected by the current regeneration yet is quite a nice spot full of old buildings and small side streets. However, many of the businesses and hotels appear to have been here since the 70s and Java…

Review: Caravan, King’s Cross

About Out the back of King’s Cross is a huge new development. While it currently stands fairly empty, there is, in a vast old granary building, Caravan. While not strictly speaking a café, it is often regarded as one of the best places in King’s Cross to get a coffee. That might be because whilst…

Review: Nude Espresso, Soho

About Nude Espresso is a name that should be familiar to coffee lovers across London. Although they only have two actual cafes, they supply their Brick Lane roasted coffee to 16 cafes including one of my local favourites, The Haberdashery in Crouch End. Their Soho café, which I am reviewing today, is perfectly situated in…