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Great London Cafes – Cinq Café in Hay’s Galleria

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Location : 16 – 17 Hay’s Galleria, London, SE1 2HD

One of the tests of a great café is that the food and drinks maintain a high standard over a period of time and are reasonably priced. This is why if we find ourselves near London Bridge we tend to wander up to the  Hay’s Galleria and into the Cinq café . Although it specialises in sandwiches and patisseries, there is a wide range of food and drink to enjoy.

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Cinq offers quality steak and chicken Sandwiches, Ciabatta, Croque Monsieur.  A delicious variety of Patisserie, Fresh Salads and Hot Food dishes, all are freshly prepared daily using traditional methods. The raw ingredients are purchased daily from local markets to ensure freshness and consistency of quality. Each new product is sealed with a “Just Made” label and the  coffee is specially roasted and blended in Italy.

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There is plenty of seating to enjoy both inside and outside, although the outside is in the Hay’s Galleria itself, so you are protected from the elements.

The cafe’ is popular with locals and visitors who tend to enjoy the food whilst being fascinated  by the nearby red telephone boxes.

Café’s like Cinq tend to get overlooked but good food and friendly service  in pleasant surroundings are often the best recipe when taking a rest break from work or sightseeing.

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Great London Cafe’s – Foxcroft and Ginger

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3 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DR

In the narrow streets of Soho, there are no shortages of Coffee shops and Cafe’s, therefore it is all the more surprising that Foxtrot and Ginger in Berwick Street has made its reputation in a relatively short time.
The couple behind the cafe had spent many years working in restaurants before they opened here in 2010.

In hectic and touristy Soho, Foxcroft and Ginger stands out as a place to sit back and relax. There is a a larger space in the basement below the main café.
Foxcroft & Ginger is founded upon the principles of good wholesome homemade food, made with locally-sourced ingredients and where possible made in house.

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Breads, cakes and pastries are made in the kitchen downstairs, sourdough pizza’s are a speciality and the Coffee and Tea are made from high quality ingredients.

Good quality homemade food, good coffee and a friendly environment have proven successful for Foxcroft and Ginger who now have a second café in Whitechapel.

Opening Hours

Monday: 8am – 7pm

Tuesday-Friday: 8am – 10pm

Saturday: 9am – 10pm

Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Great London Cafes – Bar Italia

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22 Frith St, London W1D 4RF

If you are looking for an authentic Italain Cafe in London, Bar Italia in Soho is the place to head for, it was opened in 1949 by Lou and Caterina Polledri.
In post war Britain it became a important social centre for Italian Community and was one of the rare places you could find a good quality coffee in London.
Bar Italia quickly became an institution in Soho and has been visited by many celebrities over the years.
Still owned by the Polidari family, it is still a little part of Italy with Italian Football shown on the big screen at the back of the cafe and football shirts and pictures of sporting heroes dotted all over the walls.

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The red and white formica is an integral part of the Bar and there are still original pieces from 1949. The Gaggia coffee machine has been there fifty years.
It still produces great coffee and the seats outside are very popular for watching the world go by. Almost directly opposite is the legendary Jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s.
Bar Italia has the appearance of a classic Italian cafe and offers a reminder of little piece of London history when Italian cafes introduced a post war coffee culture.
Bar Italia is not the only claim to fame for this building, in 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television here.
The blue plaque above the front door commemorates this event.
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