J+A Café in Clerkenwell is the kind of place where you sit down and inspired by the quaint courtyard outside and all the bunting, you write the premise to your social gentry novel on a napkin before chugging great coffee. They serve warm, hearty Irish food like homemade stew, freshly baked soda bread, seasonal quiche, and proper, brick-thick sandwiches with fresh relish. They aren’t the cheapest option in the area, but it’s worth it for access to their daily cakes with your pot of tea, and the knowledge that you’re eating great food in an old diamond-cutting factory.
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Fish Central is an old school fish restaurant in Clerkenwell serving an excellent three course set dinner for under £20.
The Coach is a beautifully renovated pub near Farringdon. It’s a great place for a drink, but the French bistro food is fairly average.
The Eagle is a popular Clerkenwell gastropub with a famous steak sandwich, and generally excellent food across the board.
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Alpino is an old-school caff in Islington that serves enormous breakfasts and lunchtime pastas. And all at crazy low prices.
The Breakfast Club London Bridge
The Breakfast Club, unsurprisingly, does excellent all-day breakfasts.
An Exmouth Market original, New Zealand cafe and restaurant Caravan does great coffee and an excellent brunch.
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