Places for tea
Basak Pastenesi in Stoke Newington may be the only bakery in London where you can see your durum bread being rolled out and baked, and Cheese in Muswell Hill does what it says on the sign, offering a mouth-watering array of white camembert and blue-veined Stilton.
Renowned for being one of the best contemporary art centres in London, this is also a great place to have afternoon tea.
In warmer weather you can sit outside in the garden with a cup of fresh mint tea and home-made cake.
Coming here is a rare opportunity to buy plants without having to listen to non-stop muzak. After enjoying a piece of beetroot and seed cake, stock up on burnt orange sneezeweed or Echicacea with deep pink daisy petals.
Its a treat to be surrounded by a vast array of growing things.
The Courtauld Gallery Café is an oasis of calm set within the elegant surroundings of Somerset House.
The Café has indoor and outdoor seating and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Delicious seasonal food is made on site all year round. You can enjoy freshly baked cakes, salads, soups and light meals.
The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has been created on the old Eastern Curve railway line which once linked Dalston Junction Station to the goods yard and the North London Line.
Wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs, including hazel, hawthorn and birch have been planted alongside butterfly bushes, bracken and other plants that were already growing on the derelict site. The Garden also includes large raised beds for growing food, which are already filling up fast with tomatoes, peppers and scented herbs, all grown by Dalston residents.
With its cool veined marble table-tops, black felted seating and pale stone floor, this is a very stylish café to enjoy a mid-morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Professional chefs bake delicious cakes in-house, and their lemon and poppy seed drizzle cake and raspberry and white chocolate muffins are much admired.
Wether you are here for a substantial lunch or a quick bite on the way to the theatre, it’s a real pleasure to choose from the dishes on the counter and pile your plate high with colourful vegetables, creamy hummus and a smoked salmon bagel.
It is hard to decide whether to call the German Deli a shop or a café – it is both, of course, and this unusual venue is located in the middle of industrial Hackney Wick. Many of the surrounding buildings now house small businesses and art galleries, so the German Deli has a varied clientele.
Try their bratwurst and sauerkraut sandwiches or a slice of lemon cheesecake with a pot of lime-flower tea.
Hand Made Food is a community Traiteur where chefs are working on site developing and creating new dishes right in front of you.
It is a cross between a deli/cafe, south London’s answer to the River Cottage HQ and a busy catering company cooking at venues all over London and the south east. Chefs cook delicacies such as fresh pates, beetroot infused couscous, Thai fish cakes, curry mutton or crispy pork belly for you to take away, or eat in the gallery upstairs.
All their produce is local, free range, seasonal and mainly from small growers and producers in the UK.
Enjoy delicious food and drink in the relaxing setting of their contemporary cafe.
Choose from a wide range of freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, and bagels, as well as soup, specials, and a vegetarian dish of the day. They also have a tasty range of cakes and sweet treats.