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  • Writer's pictureFatimah Malik

7 Cute Cafes & Brunch Spots in London


Whether you're a local or a visitor, these chic and stylish hotspots are guaranteed to delight your senses and leave you feeling energised and inspired.

All imagery courtesy of respective cafes.

1. Apple Butter, Seven Dials

Planted within the heart of Seven Dials Market is Apple Butter Cafe: a blend of Eastern and Western halal cuisines. Customers enjoy plates of flavoursome shakshouka, juicy beef burgers, or warm cups of foamy coffee and hot chocolate, beneath the centrepiece of the cafe: a stunning tree adorned with thick green leaves and glossy red apples hanging in its branches. Apple Butter offers you homemade sweet desserts, like croissant butter puddings and fluffy pancakes, with flavours and toppings changing daily. They serve a range of tasty pasta or sandwiches to satisfy your cravings, as well as an extensive collection of lattes for you to try. The cafe promises comfort, warmth and style, as you sit beneath the red apple tree and enjoy a meal with your friends and family.

Address: 32-34 Monmouth St, London, WC2H 9HA | Website: Apple Butter | Email: | Instagram: @applebuttercafe | Facebook: @applebuttercafe

2. Violas, Covent Garden

A two-minute walk from Covent Garden’s main plaza, Violas promises elegance, taste, and relaxation. Violas serves breakfast or brunch, afternoon tea or dinner, with drinks adorned with colourful flowers (that are edible!) and a touch of their two main ingredients: love and passion.

Address: 38 Tavistock St, London WC2E 7PB | Website: Violas | Email: | Instagram: @violascoventgardenlondon | Facebook: @violascoventgarden

3. My Old Dutch, High Holborn

My Old Dutch promises pancakes both savoury and sweet, spoiling you with the freedom to decide and design your pancakes to eat and enjoy. Their various menus are certain to cater to your cravings, whether it is a delicious 15-inch pancake or a stack of butterscotch pancakes, or a plate of poffertjes topped with berries or maple syrup. They also offer gluten-free, vegan, and lactose-free pancakes to attend to any personal preferences. My Old Dutch is simply a two-minute walk from Holborn station and surrounds you with the sweet aroma of pancakes in the making, pretty neon light hanging on its walls, and cute, cosy interior and decor.

Address: 131-132 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PS | Website: My Old Dutch | Email: | Instagram: @myolddutchpancakes | Facebook: @myolddutchrestaurants

4. Chaiiwala, Holborn

With branches across the UK, and one just a five-minute walk from Holborn station, Chaiiwala offers you a taste of South-Asian brunch and cups of warm, sweet chaii. They serve generous plates of English and desi breakfasts, as well as unique Indian street food, like Chicken Tikka naan or Masala Chips, and a range of chaiis, from their renowned karak chaii to their garam (hot) chocolate.

Address: 72 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR | Website: Chaiiwala | Instagram: @chaiiwala | Facebook: @chaiiwala

5. TomTom Coffeehouse, Belgravia

TomTom Coffeehouse blends coffee beans from Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Sumatra, and Cuba into their exquisite cups of coffee. Along with their foamy warm cups of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are their delicious acai bowls, their mouth-watering pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, and flavoursome shakshouka to eat with toast.

Address: 114 Ebury St, London SW1W 9NZ | Website: TomTom Coffee House | Email: | Instagram: @tomtomcoffee

6. Lilly’s Café, Covent Garden

Nestled in a beautiful, bright conservatory across Covent Garden’s plaza is Lilly’s Café, its style, ambience, and menu inspired by the attributes of gems, zodiac signs, and the elements of the atmosphere. Lilly’s Cafe takes pride in its blend of playfulness and joy in its unique cuisines and desserts, serving Turkish eggs and Chilaquiles for breakfast, and baking star-sign cakes and delicious lemon drizzles for desserts. They even provide tableside tea-leaf reading and cute daily affirmations with your bill!

Address: 3 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8LU | Website: Lilly's Cafe | Email: | Instagram: @lillyscafelondon

7. The Alley, High Holborn

Hidden in Holborn is The Alley, playing catchy, popular songs with the sweet smell of Tapioca/Boba in the air. The Alley not only makes refreshing, delicious bubble tea that leaves you craving for more, but it also serves warm, renowned Korean street food, Tteokbokki, and croffles filled with Crème Brulee or Matcha.

Address: Unit 3, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY | Website: The Alley | Instagram: @thealleyuk | Facebook: @thealleyuk


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