Category Archives: Cafes

London’s Best Hot Chocolate

Best Hot Chocolate London Poppy Loves

Scooter Caffe. Pic: @cheekywkd

Here is London’s best hot chocolate, in my (not so humble) opinion. Before you read any further, I should assure you that I am 100% qualified to write this post. In fact, I couldn’t be more qualified. I’d challenge you to find someone MORE qualified, who has drunk more hot chocolates than me, and seen more sugar stars than me, in London.

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Tabun Kitchen
Jerusalem Street Food in Soho

Tabun Kitchen

If you haven’t got time to catch a plane to Israel, cheer with the rest of the passengers on your El Al flight as you land into Tel Aviv, board a bus to Jerusalem and seek out a cafe for lunch, don’t worry. Tabun Kitchen has arrived, here in Soho, serving up Jerusalem street food to knock your hummus lovin socks off.

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Brunching on Baker Street

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I find that things get sorted out over brunch. Problems are solved, difficulties are unpicked and the world is put to rights. It’s my favourite meal hands down. Apart from cake and tea. And yes, that’s a meal.

Brunch is made even better when you can share it with a bestie, and that is exactly what I did last week, at Bill’s on Baker Street.

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Summer supper at La Gourmandina

La Gourmandina

Summer days are made even more perfect when they’re concluded with an al fresco supper somewhere special in London, when the sun has already dipped behind the clouds, the air is still warm and there’s an aperol spritz ready and awaiting your arrival…

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Pearl & Groove
The Flourless Bakery on Portobello Road

Pearl & Groove Portobello Road

The way Alabama is staring at her cake, is exactly how her mum Anoushka and I stared at ours when we first arrived at Pearl & Groove on Portobello Road –  with total, unadulterated love.
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Shakshuka for the soul
at Café Loren, Camden Market

Cafe Loren

If you have never had Shakshuka and have no immediate plans to fly to Tel Aviv, get yourself down to Café Loren in Camden Market immediately.

Like now.

Why have you not left yet?

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Lunch at Coppa Club, Market Place

Coppa Club

Last week I met my cousin Rosie for a quick al fresco lunch in between meetings. As we were both around Oxford Circus on that day, we headed to one of Market Place’s newest arrivals and took full advantage of the glorious weather, settling ourselves outside at Coppa Club.

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Pancakes in London: my ultimate list

Tom's Kitchen

Pancakes at Tom’s Kitchen

Toot toot! Pancake day is on its way and when it comes to crepes and pancakes in London, I am proud to say that I am extremely well informed… it comes from years of experience and dedicated research… which is very hard work and I’m sure you all feel very sorry for me.

This is a list of my favourite pancake haunts in London, which includes the crepe stand in Hampstead, where I first discovered, aged 14, the joy of nutella with banana… and sitting on a bench to eat it, in the rain, with a bestie.

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8 of the best Chai Lattes in London.
You’re welcome.

Chai Latte

The heavenly chai latte: pic found on Pinterest

Chai lattes came into my life about eight years ago, and I haven’t looked back since.

The sweet, smooth and gorgeously warming nature of this drink keeps it my go-to beverage when I’m needing a tummy hug…

I love grabbing one to go to drink on the tube or sip as I stroll the streets of London… or I just settle back with a chai latte in a cafe and watch the glorious world go by.

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Aussie pals, an evacuation
and brunch at Granger & Co

Grange and Co

They know what they’re doing in the latte department. Ho yes.

Years ago, I worked in North Carolina as a Camp Leader for Camp America. I did it for three years and had around 180 teenagers in my charge at any one time. Let’s not think about that.

I was also responsible for the counsellors, who were looking after these teens. These counsellors were from all over the world, and included Lou from Brisbane Australia and Ami from London.

Anyway, they met on camp, they fell in love over a cook-out campfire and now they both live in Oz. And obviously this happy ending is ENTIRELY down to me.

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Coffee, croissants & catch ups
at Exeter St Bakery

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Me and Julia, having a pow wow

I’ve properly hit the ground running since the year began, and finding time to catch up with friends and family amidst work and meetings hasn’t been easy!

So having a wonderful café that sells their own amazing cakie goods (and makes coffee just the way I like it) and also two of the loveliest people I met last year, all being around the corner from me, is like wining all the prizes. Crackajack.

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See you round Edith’s House

Edith's House

I have been meaning to get to Edith’s House for a while now – ever since I saw a snapshot of the interior on Twitter… I fell instantly in love.

They are one of Crouch End’s newest arrivals and as soon as I entered the café, a bolt of nostalgia hit me between the eyes. The decor is from an era gone by and I was smacked in the face with waves of Dot Cotton, my grandma and memories of boiled sweeties in tins…

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Hot Chocolate To Die For & Catch Ups
at Ladurée, Covent Garden

Ladurée-Covent Garden-7 I love hot chocolate. I believe I found the best hot chocolate in Paris when I was there, I know where to hunt down a mean hot choc in Barcelona too… so it’s only fair that I let you into my secret of where to find one of the best hot chocolates in London.

And I do not do this lightly – it’s already quite tricky to get table when you want one.

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Brunch at Blighty Coffee
Finsbury Park

I love the inbetweeny days between Christmas and the new year… It’s my favourite time for holing up in cafes with my favourites (people AND jumpers) and indulging in long leisurely breakfasts, brunches and mugs of steaming coffee

One of my favourite haunts, which I haven’t yet written about, is my local – Blighty Coffee. Chris, the founder of the cafe, wanted to recreate the style and character of coffee houses of times gone by.

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– Melt Room –
Gourmet cheese toasties in Soho

Melt Room Grilled Cheese toasty

The Classic with crisp dill pickle

Good lord. This happened last week. In fact, it happened twice. And I documented the whole messy tale on Snapchat. For those of you that missed it, read on for story of bubble and ooze, which will guarantee you wanting to run to Soho NOW with your mouth wide open. It’s a look.

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