the ultimate guide to the coolest London cafes

There are enough cafes in London to eat at a new one every day for a year, and even then my guess is you probably wouldn't hit them all. It makes breakfast fun. 

I've put together a list of some of the coolest cafes in London I've come across over multiple visits. Each cafe offers something different and there is something for everyone on this list! 

Here's the ultimate guide to {some of the many} cool cafes across London...

Kahaila // 135 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB

Admittedly, I found this place while I was lost. I stumbled in wearily to ask for directions, then felt guilty so I grabbed a vegan baked good. It was proof that sometimes getting lost leads to great surprises. The inside features artwork from local creatives and the storefront itself looks good on your 'gram grid. 

Must try: Only cabinet items are on offer, but the profits go to community causes. 

WiFi: Nope

Closest tube station: Shoreditch High Street

Peggy Porschen // 30 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RB

Known for its pink exterior with matching cascading floral arrangements and bicycle, Peggy Porschen Cakes is the perfect place for a sunny morning spent with your girls. It's more a cake and tea or coffee shop than actual brunch or breakfast food but who can say no to delicious cupcakes at a place filled with {traditionally} feminine details and flowers everywhere. 

Must try: Peggy's is known for their {award-winning} cakes. Some come decorated with flowers, others with unicorns sculpted from fondant-- so the place basically screams "INSTAGRAM!"

WiFi: Honestly, I didn't check. 

Closest tube station: Sloane Square or Victoria Station

Farm Girl Cafe // 59a Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 3DB

You have definitely seen this cafe on Instagram already. The white walls of Farm Girl's courtyard contrast against its bright and creative food, making it the right place for a 'gram. 

Must try: Avocado Toast with Pomegranate seeds, Rose latte, Matcha latte {with almond milk}

WiFi: Free after entering your name and e-mail 

Closest tube station: Notting Hill Gate {follow Portobello Road}

Paper & Cup //  18 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London E2 7JP

This cafe holds a special place in my heart. It's a non-profit establishment, which means coffee and pastries are super cheap! There isn't much on offer as far as large breakfasts are concerned, but if you get full on a muffin and a coffee, this spot is what you're looking for. Also, your purchases fuel a good cause as well as your body. 

Must try: Nothing super notable here, just yum treats for a nice cause. 

WiFi: Yep, and it's free

Closest tube station: Old Street

Kaffeine //  66 Great Titchfield, W1W 7QJ

After a day spent meditating with my friend Sandy on a double-decker bus, I stumbled right on Kaffeine near Regent Street. It was the quiet atmosphere inside the place that really put a smile on my face. Not only was it peaceful, especially considering its central location, but limited seating made Kaffeine feel extra cozy. Like I was a part of an exclusive little club or something. 

Must try: Nothing notable here other than the playlist {which included my Australian favourites-- Vance Joy, Angus and Julia Stone, etc.} and their almond milk latte. They do charge extra for the milk substitute. 

WiFi: Free, but slowwwww 

Closest tube station: Regent Street

Shoreditch Grind // 213 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9NR

I didn't read the menu carefully, and my Avocado Smash came out with poached eggs. However, I must say this was one of the coolest atmospheres I've eaten breakfast at in London. Loud music blasts in the cafe, which has large windows that are perfect for people-watching. It's incredibly 'hipster', even for Shoreditch. 

Must try: Avocado Smash {avocado toast with chilli flakes, lemon juice, and sea salt}, Matcha latte, Flat White

WiFi: Free access that's also super fast given how packed this place was

Closest tube station: Old Street {Exit 4, literally out the exit to your left}

Chez Antoinette // The Piazza, London WC2E 8RE

If you're looking for a place in Covent Garden where you can enjoy the sounds of live entertainment while snacking on French-inspired cakes and a pot of tea or delicious coffee...Chez Antoinette is ideal. Sit outside if the weather permits and you'll hear whatever performer is in the market square {for me, it was an Australian comedian}. 

Must try: Flat White {not half bad for London coffee, though i'd like to go back and try one of the teas from their lengthy list}, Chocolate Cake {not vegan or gluten free}

WiFi: Free access from Covent Garden WiFi {slow, but working} or ask your host for the Chez Antoinette WiFi password 

Closest tube station: Charing Cross {8 minute walk, Bakerloo Line} or Covent Garden {3 minute walk, Piccadilly Line}

Timberyard // 

Finding yourself thirsty for a coffee or in need of a workspace in Seven Dials? Timberyard may be just your the ticket! My location of choice is the Seven Dials establishment. 

Must try: Almond butter toast on dark sourdough and an almond milk flat white

WiFi: Free and fast access with passcode {ask the staff}

Closest tube station: Holborn Station 

Ginger + White // 4a-5a Perrins Court, London NW3 1QS

Hampstead Heath is a ways outside of Central London, but that doesn't mean it's void of delicious coffee or a spot to stop in for breakfast. Ginger and White is a beautiful cafe on a quiet side street in Hampstead, only a 10-minute walk from Hampstead Heath and the Kenwood House. The food is made fresh daily and produce is guaranteed to be locally-sourced from British farms. 

Must try: Their sourdough toast with vegan butter was simple, but satisfying. They have a killer flat white as well, ranked up there with those I've had in Australia and New Zealand. 

WiFi: Free and fast access with passcode, which can be found on the chalkboard

Closest tube station: Hampstead

Palm Vaults // 411 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HY

This is my top recommendation for London brunch and my second favourite cafe in the city {only due to the sentimental attachments I have to Paper & Cup}. Palm Vaults is a hole in the wall. Sandy and I met up for brunch here and could not stop smiling, laughing, and photographing. The light pink walls and hanging plants make the atmosphere dreamy. The playlist was top notch. The creative menu was endless. 

Must try: The Rose latte was the best I have had in London to date. Everything I ate that morning {and I ate a lot} was the most delicious. THE. MOST. DELICIOUS. 

WiFi: Password protected, but fast and reliable. 

Closest tube station: Bethnal Green or Hackney Wick {overground}


Diddy's // 69 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 4RG

If you want a cafe in London where people won't bother you and you can spend your whole morning working on your laptop while Tupac and Kendrick fill the airwaves, Diddy's is the only place to go. It's a tiny little corner spot with a beautiful green and pink aesthetic. The prices here are so incredibly reasonable, especially given the impeccable quality. 

Must try: The avocado toast here is the best in London. There. I said it. 

WiFi: Yes, and the password will crack you the eff up: badboyz4lyfe

Closest tube station: Bethnal Green