Review: The Attendant, Fitzrovia

These days you have to do something pretty different to stand out in London’s crowded cafe market, so it’s no surprise to find coffee shops popping up in unusual locations. For example, The Attendant has been cunningly fitted into the shell of a Victorian gents’ toilet just off Great Titchfield Street. Using the old urinals…

Review: The Coffee Jar, Camden

Camden’s Parkway road is the link between the lush greenery and wealth of Regent’s Park and the grit and grime of Camden. At one end of the road is the high end York & Albany while at the other are the Italian restaurants that have been around for decades. Along its stretch is everything from…

Review: Store Street Espresso, Bloomsbury

Store Street, just off Tottenham Court Road, is one of those London streets that you wouldn’t know about unless someone took you there. Cleverly, they have made a strip of the shops unify their fronts and has its own website, giving the area, which could have been just another random side street, a real community…

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…

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…