Cafes are an vital part of both the High St and neighbourhood street scene. We all have our favourites and they are often stumbled across by chance….diving in out of the rain….one of the kids needs the loo….took a different route home from the market….they are at the forefront of the battle between the small independent trader and the High St brands. They are hard work…..open all day, low returns…..nobody drinks Dom Perignon in a cafe and often small rewards. But the cafe scene refuses to be undermined and there are great coffee shops, tea rooms, greasy spoons and drop-ins all over the UK.
The Cafe Corner is going to feature a few each week buiding into a nationwide directory of the best individual cafes, coffee shops and tea rooms you can find.
Kicking off here are three in London:
Near the top end of Roman Rd Muxima is an independent art & culture cafe promoting & supporting local & international artists.
Live music, art, DJ’s, beautiful home made lamps,
There is a full menu, eggs benedict, toastados, salads etc
When to go: whilst shopping at Bethnal Green market.
What to eat: Orange & Star Aniseed Polenta Cake
618 Roman Rd, E3 2RW, Tel: 0208 980 0850
Check the website for opening hours etc
Just off Clapham Common I found this whilst flat hunting in the area. Big menu with lots of choice, becomes more restaurant at night. Lots of different dining areas, good service, great breakfast & brunch, Thursday neighbours night 1/2 price, Friday Steak Night + Sunday lunch.
When to go: Meet your mates for breakfast/brunch on Saturday
What to eat: Scoffers Breakfast, Buttermilk Pancakes
6 Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED, Tel: 0207 978 5542
Brick Lane institution, quirky decor, tiny kitchen (just don’t know how they manage) craft beers & ciders
When to go: Anytime you are in the area
What to eat: Bacon Sarnie
202 Brick lane, E1 6SA, Tel: 020 7739 7086
Not sure if they have a website but you can find them on