London's best cafes

5 Of The London’s Best Cafes From Greasy Spoon to High Tea

While the brunch scene has definitely become prominent in London, sometimes we just want to go back to the classics.

Whether that’s a full English from a greasy spoon or high tea with macarons, London has some of the best offerings for every palate.

Here are our top five picks for the best cafes in London, ranked in order from greasy spoon to high tea, of course.

Marie’s Cafe

Marie's cafe

Cafe Citta, 90 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7AB, United Kingdom
020 7928 1050

Marie’s is one of our favourite hole-in-the-walls for a cosy meal. Locally noted as a kind-of Waterloo hotspot, Marie’s vibe is completely casual, all the way down to the grammatically-incorrect sign. 

Where else can you grab a full English in the morning and Pad Thai in the evening?

Patrons can bring their own drinks but may have to fight for a table. While prices are shockingly low, stop for cash first, as they don’t accept credit cards.

Budget: Cheap

E Pellicci

E. pellicci cafe

332 Bethnal Green Road, London, UK, E2 0AG

For those who like their classic breakfasts with a bunch of custom options, E Pellicci is a century-old institution.

This Bethnal Green cafe draws a crowd for their full English in the morning and their genuine Italian food served all day.

Their sandwiches and rolls are simple but affecting, and the service makes you feel like you’re part of the family – in a good way!

Budget: cheap

Alpino Cafe

Alpine cafe

97 Chapel Market, The Angel, London N1 9EY, United Kingdom
20 7837 8330

The fact that Alpino Cafe hasn’t felt the need to create a website should speak for itself.

A fixture in Islington since 1959, restaurant-goers praise it as the best fry-up in London. Patrons happily go out of their way to visit this gem, but need to get there early! The closing time is 2 PM.

Budget: Cheap

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium cafe

152-154 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6DG

20 8616 9390

For diners willing to spend a bit more, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium offers high tea to the tune of content purrs.

The entry fee gives diners 90 minutes of access to the cafe full of rescue cats, who roam freely. Offering either a la carte or high tea options, patrons rave about their savory muffins and cheese topped scones.

Both vegan and gluten-free menus are available, though those wanting to visit should book in advance, as walk-ins rarely get lucky. 

Budget: Mid-range

LaDuree Covent Garden

Laduree Covent Garden

1 The Market, WC2E 8RA London
020 7240 0706

The pastries take the lead at LaDuree Covent Garden, offering a vast macaron selection as well a variety of millefeuille.

Those with a heartier appetite can enjoy eggs benedict or an omelet along with their selection of teas. Feeling generous?

Macarons, pastries, and candies can be packaged as gifts or just a treat for the trip home. 

Budget: Pricey

What are your favourite cafes in London?


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