Review: Workshop Coffee, Marylebone

Wedged between trendy Marylebone to the north and commercial Oxford Street to the south, Wigmore Street was often seen as a through road for people not wanting to deal with the crowds London’s main shopping drag. But in recent years, it has come into its own as a destination in itself with a number of…

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Review: Bar Italia, Soho

While the modernisation, and some might say the sanitisation, of Soho continues there are some hold outs that we all hope will remain on the once grimy and seedy streets – Garlic and Shots, Trisha’s, Ronnie Scott’s and Bar Italia to name a few. Bar Italia, a small cafe on Frith Street, has been serving…

Review: Cinnamon, Belsize Park

While Belsize Park and Hampstead are relative wastelands for independent cafes –  possibly due to the high cost of the rent and the fact that the wealthy locals have big homes and gardens that they are reluctant to leave – if you walk five minutes south you come across England’s Lane. At first it looks…

Review: Scooby’s Boutique Coffee Bar, Muswell Hill

So, we’ve had bike themes and travel themes and circus themes – now we’ve got what claims to be London’s first dog themed cafe. And while a cafe for dogs would be a great idea somewhere near, say, Hampstead Heath, I’m not sure how much demand there is for one in Muswell Hill. Literally the…

Review: Rapha Cycle Club, Soho

Some cafes have a background theme, such as circus or cardigans. These are displayed through nice little touches here and there or in a name. Rapha Cycle Club, as the name suggests, also has a theme – but this is not in the background, this is very much in the forefront. In fact, you could…

Review: The Old Dairy Café, Fitrovia

Sometimes you want a cafe that isn’t about being super cool or at the cutting edge of coffee technology. Sometimes you want somewhere that is comfy and friendly and somewhere you can relax in. Normally, these types of cafes are found in London’s little suburbs or commuter towns. However, slap bang in the middle of…

Review: Coffee Dogs, King’s Cross

While I admire and enjoy the revamped King’s Cross Station, I always felt they were missing a trick by filling it with chains. It’s the first impression a lot of people will have of London – a city filled with chains is not the best impression. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find, out in front…

Review: Forks and Corks, Highgate

Highgate village has little to offer in the way of good coffee. However, it is flanked on its western and eastern sides by two small enclaves – Highgate West Hill and Highgate Station – that between them offer a handful of good venues, even if they are quite a distance away from the centre. Today’s cafe/wine…

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…