Read my new short story inspired by London cafe scene

I’ve written a short story inspired by my time reviewing the many and varied cafes of London. It’s called The Family Plumb Cafe. The story centres around Molly, who wants nothing more than to work in one of these cafes. When she finds her perfect job in the Family Plumb Cafe, she couldn’t be happier.…

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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: 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: 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: Lantana Cafe, Fitzrovia

Mini chains among cafes are becoming quite the trend in London. Three seems to the be perfect number where the owners can still manage each cafe’s details without things getting away from them. Some of these chains go for the duplicate route, essentially opening the same café in different locations; others tailor each venue to…

Review: Riley, Crouch End

Back into Crouch End and another great place – this time an ice-cream café. I heard from a good source that there are over 30 places in Crouch End in which you can get a coffee. That’s a lot for a population of just over 12,000 people. So cafes are having to look at some…

Review: The Spoke, Archway

As a non-cyclist, I’m not sure I quite get the need for cycling cafes but they are a thing. More than a thing – Coffee Stop had an award specially for cycling cafes. So, when the owners of Archway’s excellent Bread and Bean decided to open a new café just round the corner on Holloway…

Review: Foxcroft & Ginger, Soho

Seedy Soho seems to be a thing of the past these days. Berwick Street, with its market, cloth stores and sex shops, has had a bit of rejuvenation recently. While the market is still there, it’s now selling artisan breads and wraps. Some of the sex shops have been closed down and the unit on…

Review: The Cardigan Club Cafe, Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park shouldn’t really be as nice as it is. On the stretch of road between the transport hub of Archway and the tourist centre of Camden, the area is no more than about half a mile of businesses along the road side. However, with the Heath not too far and a number of cafes,…

Review: Candid Cafe, Angel

Tucked away behind Angel station, you’d be hard pressed to find this little cafe if you didn’t know where it was. Part of the Candid Arts Trust, this unique eatery is not only down a back alley but also up some pretty unwelcoming looking stairs (think student stairwell). But it is worth the trek –…