Review: The Upper Deck Bar, London Bridge

I don’t normally review bars as, although a lot of them do pretty good coffee, the like-for-like comparisons to cafes doesn’t work. Bars are more about big, brash external experiences – alcohol, lights, music, dancing – while cafes are smaller, more internal – reading a book, relaxing with friends, getting away from the world. However, if you want…

Review: Shoreditch Grind, Old Street

You have cafes in deli’s, cafes in cinemas, cafes in museums. Now, apparently we have cafes in recording studios. Shoreditch Grind, which is actually on Old Street roundabout, dubs itself an espresso bar, which also serves cocktails…and a recording studio. For those days when your coffee inspires you to write an awesome power ballad. I…

Review: The Deli at 80, Stroud Green

Another addition to the growing Stroud Green/Finsbury Park cafe scene. The Deli at 80 is a cafe/deli, as the name suggests. While these are pretty common across London, as they are a good way to monetise the space in your cafe, they are tricky to get right. Too much coffee and the deli becomes little…

Review: Timberyard, Covent Garden

‘Coffices’, or cafes that double as offices, are becoming big business in London. As a lot of people’s work, especially cafe-goers, migrates online the traditional office set up becomes more and more obsolete. And while working from home is an option, people who miss the social interaction of the office have been doing their work…

Review: PerkULatte’s home delivery coffee

It seems everything is going online. Once a collector of CDs and DVDs, I can’t remember the last time I actually bought an actual disc. But surely one of my great loves – going to a coffee shop – couldn’t go online, right? Well, to an extent it has. A number of roasters and companies…

Review: Cafe Metro, Archway

In France, there’s something of a tradition of railway stations serving decent food and a good coffee – this does not apply to the UK. While many of London’s tube stations don’t have room for cafes, there a few that some do – but most aren’t worth visiting. Which I’ve never really understood as, with…

Review: Fleet Street Press, Fleet Street

Despite being a journalist and having lived in London for five years, I’d never visited Fleet Street before. I’d assumed it was just a business street with little to offer a passing tourist or wanderer. It appears I was wrong. With its traditional buildings and winding Temple alleys, there’s a lot to see here. And there…