Party Earth Review From sake to saxophones to surly young songsters bellowing off-key renditions of 18th-century Lutheran hymns, Cafe OTO offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Dalston scenesters who might otherwise spend their evening grooving to the hum of their refrigerators. An open and airy bohemian café by day, at night scruffy locals ... more
18–22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL
Reviewed by Billy K.
"My Take: As a huge Arrested Development fan, life couldn’t be much better right now with the upcoming new season on Netflix looming. It’s the first ti ..." more
London WC2H 7
Party Earth Review Formerly a grungy underground nightclub, the refurbished Bardens Boudoir has ditched its basement party, enticing patrons with a chill vibe perfect for escaping the usual rollicking Dalston hotspots. Open and airy, the space features a sleek wooden bar that runs down one side of the room and liberally spaced leather chairs ... more
36 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7XJ
Café / Cocktail Bar
Party Earth Review Cleverly concealed under the austere home accessories store by the same name, Freud is a gritty bar popular with a clientele of artsy media types and hip students looking to subdue their superegos with drink. Accessible only by a steep metal staircase, this underground venue is a café by day and a small, swinging cocktail ... more
198 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JL
Café / Sports Bar
Party Earth Review Right in the hippest area of Exmouth Market is Café Kick, a little eatery popular with a jovial mix of students and tourists ready to settle in on mismatched chairs, savor Spanish cuisine, watch sports, and play lots and lots of foosball. Naturally, as evidenced by the memorabilia and colorful pennant flags dangling from ... more
43 Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QL
Party Earth Review Set in a wide alley full of picnic tables, vintage clothing boutiques, and record stores in the vibrant Truman Brewery area of Brick Lane, Café 1001 reigns as the king of bohemian bars and attracts a harmoniously diverse international crowd of music lovers, artists, and hip Londoners. The spacious venue is comprised of ... more
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Any love-hate relationship between England and France is hidden at Cafe Boheme, which – from the sidewalk on in – could as easily belong on a side street in Montmartre as it does in London’s hopping Soho district. Despite opening in the early 90s, the space has a distinctly vintage feel. The stools and booths are deep ... more
13 Old Compton Street
London W1D 5JQ
Party Earth Review Located behind the shimmering streets of Soho’s theatrical playground, Market Place is a down-to-earth drinking and dining den with the rustic allure of a retro wood tavern. The front terrace lunging onto the boulevards of Market Place quadrant provides space for groups of wide-eyed backpackers to bask in the old-world ... more
11-13 Market Place
London, W1W 8AH
Café / Pizza Place
Party Earth Review London’s Italian-style pizzerias often adopt a fancy-shmancy attitude that can make grabbing a slice a less-than-casual affair, but not ICCo. The name actually stands for Italiano Coffee Company, a misnomer of sorts even with the steady flow of Fitzrovia’s busy media types stopping in for a caffeine boost ... more
46 Goodge Street
London W1T 4LU
Party Earth Review Out on Dalston’s eastern edge in the rapidly gentrifying expanse of Hackney Wick lies The Hackney Pearl, a favorite of young transplants who come for the chill vibe, locally sourced food, and tasty no-fuss booze. Located in a warehouse-turned-studio-collective, the venue features an outdoor terrace that overflows with creative ... more
11 Prince Edward Road
London E9 5LX
Party Earth Review Dalston Superstore may look like a mild-mannered café with its al fresco dining area and conservative black-and-white canopy, but the mask comes off when patrons step inside to discover a down-and-dirty hangout for grunge-loving fringe dwellers. A jungle-green bar draped in colorful plastic flags is second ... more
117 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2PB
Whether it’s hot, cold, calm, or windy there’s never a bad time to hit up the wide range of great cafés in London.
London cafés differ in size and style, but what they all have in common is the desire to make their clientele feel at ease while drinking down a cup of imported French coffee or nibbling on some small snacks. There are hundreds of cool cafés and coffee shops all throughout London from Mayfair and Knightsbridge to Shoreditch and Dalston.
While the majority of cafés in the city are good spots for a fast meal and some Joe, there are many others that double as live music joints, bakeries, teahouses, bars, and more. The cafés are great for everything from eating brunch or lunch, cozying up with a good novel, getting in some work outside of the office, drinking a mid-day glass of vino, or just hanging out with good friends or family in a comfortable place.
Regardless of what you’re looking for, there is no shortage of great London cafés to decide between, and the only reason to vary your choice may be based on whether the London fog has rolled in at the moment.