48 Grays Inn Rd, Chancery Ln, London WC1X 8LT
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Catalyst Cafe is a very sleek coffee shop on Gray’s Inn Road serving up very high-quality small-batch coffee alongside a menu of highly rated food. Expect the likes of eggs kayanas (with fresh tomato and feta on sourdough), avobergines (sourdough bread topped with roasted aubergines & red peppers, avocado, tahini sauce, Coffee Sriracha, Chalkidiki XV olive oil, za’atar and pomegranate molasses) and fish goujons filet (daily fresh fish goujons sandwich with house coleslaw, lettuce and cheese) on the menu. They also host loads of one-off foodie events in collaboration with some of the city’s favourite chefs and brands.


84b Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3LR
  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Lambs Conduit Street Redemption Roasters is the flagship site of this cafe-cum-social enterprise. Redemption Roasters opened in 2017, serving up coffee using the beans from their own roastery that functions out of a young offender’s institute, providing the detainees with valuable skills in the vibrant coffee market. Besides your morning latte, you can grab some pastries, cakes or lunch here before parking yourself outside to do some Grade-A people-watching.


19 Lillie Rd, London SW6 1UE
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

In need of a new pub fave? Head to The Lillie Langtry, a Fulham spot that’s recently re-opened its doors with a fresh new look, feel and menu. Think bold British dishes, all freshly prepared daily using seasonal ingredients, including steak and Guinness pie, sausage & mash; cured pork chop; and (if you’re feeling a little fancier) steamed mussels with Bovril butter garlic cream, toasted sourdough & frites. Don’t forget to opt for their sticky toffee pudding too, which comes with a smoked caramel sauce to die for. These guys are really going all out. Whether you’re looking for a spot for a weekday dinner, Friday drinks, Sunday roast with the family or a cosy private space for an intimate date night, make sure to give these guys a go. 


120a W Green Rd, South Tottenham, London N15 5AA
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

After a series of sell-out supper clubs, Genevieve Sparrow took Pasero from pop-up to permanent by opening it as a restaurant and wine bar in Tottenham. Pasero, named after the Esperanto word for Genevieve’s surname, runs week-long as a cafe and deli by day before flipping into a restaurant in the evenings from Wednesday – Saturday. Pip MacDonald (ex-J. Sheekey, Scott’s, Cafe Murano and Levan) heads up the kitchen, cooking up a broadly European, regularly changing menu, with dishes like smoked cod’s roe choux bites, Cornish sole with caper beurre noisette, and apple & almond tart with creme fraiche. And as for drinks, expect a short list of low-intervention wines from small suppliers that you can take home with you.


15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE
  • Monday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • Sunday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

This dimly lit drinking den is hidden behind a jade door on Gerrard Street, perfect if you want to escape the crowds outside. You’re not in 1920s Chinatown anymore, but Opium Bar makes its best effort to convince you otherwise. Grab one of their experimental cocktails, such as the Opium No.9 (Hyogo 135 dry gin, Fortunella Golden orange liqueur, Lillet Blanc, yuzu green tea, lemon juice and simple syrup) or the Don Arturo (Ojo de Dios Café mezcal, tequila black chocolate liqueur, Ocho Blanco tequila, espresso, demerara syrup and cookies & cream mist). 


231 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LG
  • Monday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

As the name suggests, The Magic Garden is a whimsical pub in Battersea that’s worth going just for the outside alone. The pub’s garden is decked out with fairy lights, blanketed sofas and a vintage car and it’s even a viable outdoor option in the colder months, as the garden is covered – plus, you can get some blankets and hot water bottles if you’re a little too chilly. Inside, the vibes are boho meets cluttercore and they regularly host gigs – as they put it themselves, it’s a “festival in a pub”. “The Cure” is their Sunday special, a day where you can drop by for free blues gigs, Sunday roasts, board games and Bloody Marys so you can recover from that hangover and shoo away the Sunday Scaries.


57 St John St, London EC1M 4AN
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • Saturday: 3:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • Sunday: Closed

You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to pubs in Clerkenwell and Farringdon, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less interested when a new one opens. Well, to be exact, The White Bear *re*opened recently, welcoming locals into the lovingly restored 18th-century space once again. Just up the road from Smithfield Market (soon-to-be the Museum of London), The White Bear feels just as historic as its surrounding area, but its food and drink offering is relatively contemporary. Alongside a classic selection of beers on tap, cocktails (including the much-buzzed-about negroni sbagliato) and wines there’s a food menu of small bites & charcuterie, Neapolitan street food and homemade sourdough pizza – the starter for which was supplied by their neighbour St John, in a very neighbourly way.


58 Penton St, London N1 9PZ
  • Monday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Sometimes you’re craving a trip out of London, maybe even just to sit in a cosy country pub for dinner. Sod getting on the train, you can satisfy that craving right here in the city at the hicce hart. With its wooden floorboards, roaring fire, low ceilings and menu of elevated British classics you’ll feel transported to a remote gastropub – but will still be within TfL-ing distance of your own bed. An offshoot of Pip Lacey and Gordy McIntyre’s hicce, the hart brings the flagship’s ethos to the new neighbourhood, centring around a carefully curated menu of excellent pub grub, courtesy of head chef Charlotte Harris (previously of Fallow). This is not just a go-to pub for locals, it’s a destination for foodies who are after an unfussy but quality food offering. Drinks include the likes of craft beer pints and biodynamic wines and the food menu changes regularly but, if you can, get the fantastically chewy orecchiette.


Ground Floor, 74 Crowndale Rd, London NW1 1TP
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Cafe by day, bar and restaurant by night, Cafe KOKO is the food and drink counterpart to Camden’s legendary and recently renovated music venue KOKO. The design-forward bohemian space is lined with original works by artists including David Shrigley and Joachim Lambrechts alongside photographs of the likes of Grace Jones and Anderson .Paak – from KOKO’s private collection – which nod to the theatre’s rich music history. Music is, of course, key to KOKO, and it’s no different in the cafe which welcomes a variety of live performers in the evenings. It’s an ideal spot for anyone after a chill hangout with friends (particularly if you’re in Camden and you’re not feeling a pub vibe), complete with a list of classic cocktails like Espresso Martinis and Bloody Marys – it may not be molecular mixology but the drinks are decent.


56 W Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS

If you’re looking for a spot to buy a nice bottle of wine before heading to a pal’s for dinner, or just fancy a couple of post-work glasses and some charcuterie, 56 West Smithfield is one to have on your radar. The family-run wine bar was founded by the same family behind boutique vineyard Château De La Cômbe in the South of France, so they know their way around a grape. As a result, 56WS stocks a carefully curated range of rare and award-winning wines to either drink in for a £5 corkage fee, paired with some nibbles, or take away. Keep an eye out for their wine tasting events to learn a bit more about the people behind the bottles, or book their tasting room for your own private event.


49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Leaps & Grounds is Pop Brixton’s resident coffee vendor and a social enterprise that helps refugee women to craft their careers. Launched in 2021 by the British Red Cross, the initiative provides one-on-one career mentoring as well as employment at their coffee pods to support the wellbeing, confidence and integration of women who’ve faced forced displacement. Since starting a year ago, Leaps & Grounds have trained 17 refugee women baristas, with 12 more soon to start. At their Brixton outpost, they serve up speciality coffee using a blend made in collaboration with Caravan Coffee Roasters that you can also buy online, supporting the project in turn.


Colechurch House, Bridge Walk, London SE1 2SX
  • Monday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM

As well as enjoying the views over the city from six storeys up, at London Bridge Rooftop you’ll be able to get stuck into beers, burgers and seasonal cocktails, all to a soundtrack provided by live DJs. And yes, they have heaters in case the weather takes a turn.

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