London's Cafés, Coffee Shops & Tearooms

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  • Copyright: 2016-06-07
  • Publisher: Survival Books

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The number and variety of independent cafés in London hasflourished in recent years and if London never had a café culture a few decadesago, it certainly does now! The quality and variety of food and drink on offer hasalso improved beyond recognition in the last few decades, with many cafés' nowserving food that's indistinguishable from a quality restaurant – except when it come tothe bill – which is invariably much lower. In fact if you want to eat a greatlunch (and increasingly dinner too) in London and don't want to pay a fortune,a café is your best bet.
Coffee sales in Britain have expanded rapidly in the lastdecade, along with the growing number of independent (and chain) coffee shops. Britain'slove affair with the bean has gone, quite literally, from strength to strength;not so many years ago it was difficult to find a café serving anything butinsipid filter coffee, but now fresh bean-powered brews are everywhere, thanksin huge part to a legion of expat baristas and roasters from Down Under.
The British are famous for their love of a good cuppa(tea) – which, as every Brit knows, cures all ills – although nowadays it's justas likely to be a delicate white, energising green, aromatic and complexOolong, or a mysterious aged Puer, as builder's brew. London has an abundanceof specialist tearooms – many with expert ‘tearistas' (tea baristas) on hand toadvise you – where you can enjoy fine teas in a delightful traditional setting.
Tea is also a vital component of the quintessentially Englishdiversion of afternoon tea, with London's premier hotels – plus manyrestaurants, cafés and tearooms - vying to produce the most lavish and originalafternoon tea, consisting of exquisite teas and divine cakes, pastries andsavouries – and optional champagne.
If there's one meal that the British can claim their own,it's the great British cooked breakfast, which is world-famous. Thistraditionally takes the form a huge fry-up – the full English – but nowadaysit's just as likely to include a wealth of tasty and original dishes withinfluences from around the globe. Likewise brunch – a combination of breakfastand lunch – which Londoners have taken to with a passion in recent years.Nowadays many top restaurants, hotels and cafés specialise in brunch,particularly at weekends.
With a copy of London'sCafés, Coffee Shops & Tearooms – featuring over 250 venues – you'llnever be lost for somewhere to enjoy a great cup of coffee or tea and somedelicious food. We hope you enjoy discovering the city's burgeoning caféculture as much as we did.

Author Biography

DavidHampshire's career has taken him around the world and he lived and worked inmany countries before taking up writing full-time in the ‘80s. He's the author,co-author or editor of some 25 titles, including London for Foodies, Gourmets& Gluttons, Living and Working in London, London's Secret Places, London'sSecrets: Museums & Galleries, London's Secrets: Parks & Gardens,London's Secrets: Peaceful Places and A Year in London. David was born inSurrey but lived and worked in London for many years and still considershimself a Londoner. He now divides his time between London and Bath.

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