With its huge windows, spacious Wilton Way coffee spot Footnote feels very bright and public. It’s the perfect kind of place to meet for a low-key coffee date with a person you’ve never met before, and if things go well you can hang around for brunch which runs from familiar options like avocado on toast, through to less common but equally tasty pico de gallo on sourdough.
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Mangal 1 Ocakbasi
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to choosing a good Turkish spot in North London, but our favourite is Mangal Ocakbasi.
Allpress Espresso Roastery & Cafe
Allpress is an excellent two-storey coffee spot with a lovely patio are.
You can get the best cocktails in Dalston at Three Sheets, a tiny bar and coffee shop that’s perfect for a drink with a friend or two.
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A casual, kitsch coffee and light bite situation inside Institut Français, Café Tangerine is worth keeping in mind when you’re in Kensington.
Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe
One of London’s loveliest green spaces, the cafe at the Dulwich Picture Gallery is good for families and anyone who needs an afternoon pick-me-up.
The Barge House
The Barge House is an all-day spot on the canal in Haggerston with extensive outdoor and indoor seating.
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