Visiting London’s best coffee shops


There’s more to London’s cafes than just finest cups of Joe out there. From flatties to espresso, latte to even double-shot-macchiato and everything in between it’s no secret that London’s coffee culture has grown significantly since Flat White arrived on Berwick Street in 2005. Both locals and tourists starting flocking to their new favourite Cafe Milkbar to taste the speciality coffee and today, it still remains the favourite among all coffee lovers. Speciality-focused cafes, such as Silhouette and Lanark have been meeting the demands of good quality coffee in the town and by far best area for best coffee is in the East London.

The growth of speciality cafes has accelerated in the recent years, catering to a wider demographic. Today, the capital is brimming with high-profile cafes, with outlets on every other street in London but we have rounded up some of the best cafes and coffee shops to understand why there’s more to London’s cafes than just great brews.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia

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Opened in 2009, Kaffeine is best known for offering A solid Square Mile espresso along with a breakfast and lunch menu. The cafe is very much popular with locals, especially amongst young office workers, who visit this place any hour of the day to enjoy lunchtime. Minimalist decor includes wooden bench-type tables either high or low. This Australian style cafe is all about excellent coffee and simple food that is creating a buzz and setting an example for all other cafes to follow.

  • Address: 66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ. 020 7580 6755

Prufrock, Leather Lane

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For coffee enthusiasts, Prufrock tops the lists of best cafes in London and this is for a good reason. Savour baked goods made in-house, including gluten-free options and nicely crafted brews in a welcoming ambiance. Menu here changes regularly based on the seasonal delights. One of the major highlights of the cafes popularity is that the coffee beans that are sourced from all over the Europe, so there is something for every coffee lover. If you’re very serious about the coffee education, this is the place to be as the cafe boast of a full training centre.

  • Address: 23-25 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TE. 020 7242 0467

Brooklyn, Spitalfields

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Boasting a distinct aesthetics, Booklyn located in Shoreditch East London is a creation by Bryan and Reina. Slick design dominated by concrete island bar, the cafe looks absolutely stunning even with minimal decor. Taste the coffee here which is crafted with perfection and made with Caravan beans. Serving coffee since 2013, Brooklyn is one of the very best in the town and famed for their cold brew.

  • Address: 139 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ. 07525 861 964

Workshop Coffee Co., Fitzrovia

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Lovely cafe, the fourth location of Workshop Coffee is now in Fitzrovia joining popular cafes like Curators, Kaffeine and Mother’s Milk in this location. Filter coffee and espresso served here are-best in both taste and presentation! Also serving tasty brunch menus and pastries, Workshop is a gem in the heart of Fitzrovia. The cafe has an open communal sitting area that makes the atmosphere here inviting and warm but it is the coffee that takes the centre stage.

  • Address: 80A Mortimer St, London W1W 7FE

Take a break for a caffeine upgrade in the cafes that we’ve rounded up for you from around the capital. You’ll surely fall in love with these beautiful coffee shops before you even taste the coffee. Meet new people, chat to friends, relax and plan new outings over a coffee in London!

While you are in the city to explore the amazing tourist destinations that the city has to offer, make sure to book to accommodation one week prior to your visit. You can plan to stay in an attractive neighbourhood like Fitzrovia in central London. The upmarket Fitzrovia, known for its thriving community boast of several premium serviced apartments that are best suited for both leisure and corporate travellers.  These apartments are located centrally and well-connected via public transportation.

Touring London’s Favourite Hotspot Neighbourhood : Fitzrovia


Home to London’s creative industries, Fitzrovia has beautiful residential streets with an eclectic restaurant scene and is best known for its contribution to the arts – poets, designers and musicians. Located in the north of Soho and south of Euston Road, this city lies in the midst of Bloomsbury and Marylebone.

The city district is named after the Fitzroy Tavern on Charlotte Street where a group of writers used to gather. It was earlier called by different streets’ name such as Tottenham Court Road, Fitzroy Square, etc., but then in 1930s, Poetry London’s founder and editor M. J. Tambimuttu used the name to describe a crawl of pubs from Soho to Charlotte Street.

One can find stucco townhouses and mansions blocks, as well as modern residential developments across Fitzrovia. A trendy, glamorous and swanky neighbourhood that has a bohemian history behind it, one can easily call it a proper city district with a dense mix of residential, business, retail, education, healthcare, and more recently, art galleries.

Things to Do

Fitzrovia has become quite popular with the advertising, media and television agencies and is known for several media units. It’s popularity with such agencies has given rise to a fashionable, stylish bar and restaurant culture. The area holds a lot of prominence for its restaurants.

Charlotte Street and Sanderson Hotels are those establishments that have been developed into hotspots and they have become so popular for the wealthy and famous that many actors, actresses and sports stars can be spotted easily here. Some of the known faces that lived here are Pink Floyd, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Wolf.

While you are in Fitzrovia, you can go eating and drinking in Charlotte Street all the time in the finely selected restaurants that will serve you delicious food. If you are of one pf those who likes to do shopping, you can head to Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street. With your whole day busy, you’ll get tired a bit, so for relaxation you can take a walk near Regents Park that offers a vast expanse of open space.

Attractions

A beautiful peaceful little quarter situated in the middle of the busiest streets of London i.e., Soho, Marylebone and Oxford Circus, Fitzrovia has several religious buildings, prestigious boutique art galleries and museums. Here is our list of sight-seeing in the district:

Key Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Gardens are almost 250-years-old, but for a modern outdoor adventurer there is so much to explore. You can find exotic flowers and wild meadows here. Apart from that you can take the Tree Top Walkway, if you want to get a bird’s eye view of some of the park’s centuries-old trees. Also, stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda, built in1762.

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology

One of the best known attraction of Fitzrovia is this museum or art gallery we should say. Run by University College London, it was founded in the year1828 as a showcase of the wonders of the natural world. It houses as many as 68,000 specimens, you can see some extinct animals too.

All Souls Church Langham Place

All Souls Church Langham Place

It was the creation of Prince Regent’s favourite designer, John Nash in the year 1824 and was the ultimate plan for the formation of Regent Street. It is located along the BBC’s Broadcasting House. For those having a great faith in Christianity, can take the church’s popular course ‘Christianity Explored’.

Places to Eat

Fitzrovia is a hub of popular restaurants and there is an abundance of fantastic places to eat, which serves the delicious food. You can go to the below mention eating joints to satiate your hunger:

Ceviche Soho

Ceviche Soho

For the love of Peruvian food, you can go and visit this beautifully lit Soho that is famous for ceviche. But wait, it’s not just ceviche but you can also find the tasty grilled meat and skewers. Also, you’d love to try Pisco, the South American brandy. It’s the best drink you can have.

Salt Yard — If you want to taste Italian and Spanish flavours, get into Salt Yard. It’s a tapas bar and its menu is divided into vegetable, meat and fish dishes. They are famous for putting emphasis to each and every dish and specifically the quality of the ingredients.

Dabbous

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This restaurant is one of the best and the most talked-about one in Fitzrovia and the menu has adventurous dishes like beef tartare with cigar oil, whiskey and rye, salad of fennel lemon balm and pickled rose petal, etc., and are beautifully presented at reasonable prices.

Places to Shop

This place is known only for its best shopping centres and the fine-dining options. If you’re a shopping freak, you’ll love this place totally. Hope into any of these shopping centres for choosing the stylish and fashionable:

Heal’s

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Known for its beautiful attractive modern decorations and hyper-modern kitchenware, Heal’s as established in the year and is one of the oldest shopping centres in town. You can find some of the best designs of home furnishings and can design your own home.

Fever London — Find some of the best vintage stylish and funky dresses that was earlier open for wholesale but now open for public. A great feature of this place is that you can see the artisans at work.

Lush

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Fitzrovia has the flagship store of Lush – the biggest and the most extravagant in the world. Here you can shop for your skin care, hair care, massage products, etc. The moment you’ll enter, you wouldn’t want to leave this place.

Known to Londoners as the hippest place in London, while you’re travelling to Fitzrovia, you have plethora of option to explore; it’s one place where the British elegance meets bohemian flair. For staying near Fitzrovia, you can check out the luxurious, ultra-modern and spacious serviced apartments by Ratedapartments.com to get a good and comfortable stay.

Popular places to eat and drink around Canary Wharf


Whether you want to relax and enjoy a quick bite to eat, a drink after work or a leisurely brunch at the weekend, you can experience the soul of Mexico in the heart of the city if you are at Canary Wharf- one of the London’s coolest neighbourhoods. The area is filled with the very best in food and drinks available around the world. With more than 300 shops, restaurants, coffee shops to fine dining-explore an extensive range of options for dining out and some of the best cocktails in town. Canary Wharf is always buzzing with new places to try and there’s something for all tastes!

Here are the few suggestions:

Tom’s Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen

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The restaurant serves British favourites using the very best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Tom’s Kitchen opens seven days a week, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and during weekends the restaurant serves its famed brunch. Busy food lovers can opt for take away option during the day.

Opening Hours

  • Monday –Friday 7.30am-11pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am-11pm

Sticks’n’sushi

Sticks’n’sushi

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You can indulge in some high quality and fresh combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill at Sticks’n’sushi restaurant. For those who are not fish lover, can try from a selection of delicious chicken, lamb, beef and vegetable skewers. All these items are grilled fresh to order. There is also a section for vegetarian dishes, salads and variety of other delicacies.

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Saturday 11.30am-11pm
  • Sunday-11.30am-10pm

Ibérica La Terraza

Ibérica La Terraza

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London’s authentic Spanish restaurant, Ibérica La Terraza is nestled in a leafy corner of Cabot Square just few walks away from Canary Wharf tube station. The restaurant opens from brunch through to the evening serving a selection of tapas. You can also try a range of cocktails and al fresco dining here. Visit this terrace restaurant to enjoy truly Spanish experience which is reflected in its contemporary design, lighting and ambience.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Sunday 11am-6pm

All Bar One

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A stylish city bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and sharing plates in a relaxed and cool ambience. The bar specialises in serving simple yet delicious food at affordable price and can serve you variety of wine for any occasion. All Bar One can be a good choice to spend some quality time over a drink right after work.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday –Wednesday 8am-11pm
  • Thursday-Saturday 8am-12 midnight
  • Sunday-10 am to 10.30pm

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

Obicà Mozzarella Bar

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Home of outstanding authentic Italian regional cuisine in Canary Wharf, Obicà specialises in offering freshest buffalo mozzarella from Campania and other Italian delicacies that’s true to its roots. The Bar is buzzing spot for after work lunch and drinks. Every evening drink is served with little bites of salumi and mozzarella. You can pick from classic, smoked or creamy stracciatella enjoy your meals and drink in a relaxing ambiance.

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Friday- 9.30am-10pm
  • Saturday12noon-8pm
  • Sunday- Closed

During your visit to London, make sure to explore Canary Wharf. You can get many good accommodation options in this neighbourhood for your short city in the city. Search for a comfortable Canary Wharf serviced apartment if you want to live like a local away from the touristy grid. Apart from being fully furnished, these apartments have separate kitchen, dining and lounge area.  Staying in a rented apartment will help you to get comfortable and familiar with the new city.

The Best Nightclubs in London


“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, said the famous writer Samuel Johnson. Rightly celebrated for its vibrant nightlife, this capital city of England boasts of an extensive range of world-class theaters, bars and clubs for all tastes and preferences.

London’s varied and effervescent nightlife is exemplary and sets it apart from the rest of the world. The city has got the coolest partying scenes and there’s plenty to lure you to branch out and seek the latest.

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We bring to you an exhaustive list of the finest and best of night clubs in London. There you go!

Ministry of Sound

If house, trance and techno are your kind of music, then your trip to London is incomplete without hitting the Ministry of Sound. The club cannot be explained in words. Establishing a cult following, the club is beyond doubt a ‘brand’. We’d let you explore the rest on your own. Elephant & Castle is the closest tube station.

 

Fabric

Voted number 1 in the “Top 100 Clubs in the World” poll by DJ Magazine in 2007 and 2008, Fabric is situated on Charterhouse Street on the southern edge of the London Borough of Islington. It is Europe’s first bass-loaded dance floor where bass comes all the way through the floor.

Farringdon is the closest tube station.

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 KOKO Nightclub

A nightclub and music venue underneath the Camden High Street, Koko has had performances from Prince, Madonna, Coldplay and My Chemical Romance. It is undeniably one of London’s most distinctive music venues and embraces everything from alternative pop/rock to hip hop and trance. Mornington Crescent is the closest tube station.

Maddox

Maddox Club is ideally nestled in one of the most exclusive areas of London. Situated in Mayfair, Maddox is one of the premium private clubs and has merged a DJ stall into an excellent restaurant. The DJs here churn out some of the top notch eclectic numbers to make your dining experience, simply incredible. The downstairs of the club is where you need to head to, if you are in an intense party mood.

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Egg

Spread over Mediterranean-styled three floors, a balcony terrace and a courtyard garden, Egg is huge enough and continues to push the boundaries. Spinning out the best music from the greatest DJs, Egg offers something for all kinds of dance and music enthusiasts. The warm and intimate atmosphere at Egg will certainly amaze you.

The closest tube station is King’s Cross.

Pacha

Bringing the Ibiza experience to London, Pacha plays the best house, techno and trance sounds to offer you an unbeatable experience. The club has been revamped with a third room, a wall art installation, oak paneling and a repositioned DJ booth. With radiant chandeliers, bed-like sofas, high-tech sound system and bars, Pasha is a class apart. It has been a host to almost every star you’d care to know. Victoria is the closest tube station.

XOYO

Established in 2010, XOYO in Shoreditch is one of the most tasteful clubbing venues in the area. Delivering an unparalleled soundtrack, XOYO has hosted artists and DJs like Felix Da Housecat, Tiga, Alex Metric , Tensnake, Erol Alkan and Jacques Lu Cont to name a few.

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All across the length and breadth of London, you can find traditional and authentic pubs. If you want to explore the stylish up-market bars, head to Walton Street or South Kensington. You can also take a trip to the West End.

For the hip and arty, Shoreditch is the place which is high on ingenuity and easy on the pocket.

If celeb spotting is a must for you, there’s no place better than Soho! And if you want to check out the townie type pubs, it is Clapham for you.

Leicester Square and Covent Garden house the most tourist oriented nightclubs, thanks to its central location.

Need we say more? Time to take your pick, put on the dancing shoes and dance away the night in glory!

Canary Wharf for the Leisure Traveler


Canary Wharf in London is mostly known for being a business hub. However very few people know that with 1000 ships a month passing through it, Canary Wharf was once the hub of the British Empire. Today, Canary Wharf is an empire of Finance, IT & Startups that is residing in these skyscrapers. However the remains of the older empire can be easily found by the curious traveler.

Serviced Accomodation in Canary Wharf

A view of the Canary Wharf horizon

 Canary Wharf is a truly a shopper’s delight. It is made up of three arcades – Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place. These arcades are surrounded by the Jubilee Park and house over 200 shops, bars, restaurants and cafes which are open seven days a week. Definitely a true paradise for shopaholics! The most prominent thing about these arcades is the beautiful mosaics that illustrate the Wharf’s heritage and its role in British history. With thousands of ships visiting, barrels of wine being imported and bales of wool being transported, it was like a beautiful fair at the Docklands! Continue reading

HUSH! LONDON’S TOP FIVE SPEAKEASY BARS REVEALED


You wouldn’t typically associate London with Al Capone or Charleston dancing but our British capital has indeed become the vanguard of the latest craze in nightlife – the return of the SPEAKEASY. Despite the fact that historically there never was a prohibition on alcohol in the United Kingdom, London has been leading the rest of the world in giving speakeasies their rightful place back in entertainment.

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Speakeasies became known in the 1920s as bars and saloons, which would illegally sell alcohol (often brewed within their own premises). They were particularly symptomatic of the popular culture in United States during the infamous Prohibition Era. Although these establishments were equally associated with the widespread surge of organised crime gangs of their days, they remained as steadfast venues for social gatherings for well over a decade. Thus the term “speakeasy” also became synonymous with other fashions of its time, such as flappers, cigarette holders, art deco design and other such unique features of the “Roaring Twenties”.

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Speakeasies are now back in style in the 21st century, even though there are no bans or limitations on alcohol anywhere in the Western world. In fact, it is hard to discern why people are turning to this blast from the past and celebrating its revival; perhaps it’s all down to a new appreciation of home-made liquors or perhaps it’s a grown-up manner of playing ‘fancy dress’ or perhaps it’s just a way of reminiscing about days long gone by. But speakeasies are certainly having a moment, which is taken rather seriously by their aficionados – and it looks like they might be here to stay. Ironically, the momentum of the original speakeasies had begun to cease in the 1930s with the onset of the Great Depression, while the current restoration trend of speakeasies -in contrast- happened to coincide with the present-day credit crunch of recent years. Maybe there’s a correlation between “bootlegging” and financial woes. The only way to find out is to tour some of London’s greatest haunts from the Prohibition Era. Continue reading

NAUGHTY BUT NICE LONDON’S TOP CABARETS


London’s exciting nightlife has always been synonymous with setting trends and pushing boundaries while providing a colourful safe haven for the avant-garde entertainment elite. But in the past decade, a particular revival trend appears to have taken hold of the city: cabaret. The momentum for cabaret is growing ever stronger with further venues for this niche art opening up each year, catering for those who like to indulge in this particular taste.

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