Climpson and Sons (Broadway Market)
Given the coffee-mecca it's become, it's worth remembering that Climpson & Sons used to be but a humble street stall trading on the market; it now shifts its magic beans to places as far flung as Prague, Rome and Deptford. This is its flagship cafe: a buzzing, super friendly place regulars slope sleepily into morning after morning to get what they need to see them through. Their beans are what have made them what they are, so you really ought to try them. Why not even pick up a bag for a present for someone you think could do with a bit more pep in their step? Their outdoor pews are also prime real estate, but please be careful on Saturdays when this place can get obscenely busy. You'll have to clamber over man, woman and child to get your coffee - is it worth the hassle? Probably not.
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Buhler + Co.
A lovely little surprise in Walthamstow, this little slice of heaven is a venture between two Kiwi sisters striving to bring tasty food to E17, with a whole heap of veggie options. The cafe-cum-bar features eggy dishes from different corners of the world, like the Sri Lankan-inspired green sambol with lentils and coconut, served with a flaky paratha pastry on the side. The bright, airy interior practically begs you to stay there all day - we'll happily oblige.
The Mall Tavern
Serving up seasonal pub grub in a cheery, modern setting, The Mall Tavern is a classic boozer updated for the modern, food-conscious Londoner. If you're looking for a week-night feast, the braised lamb shank with roast chestnut salsa verde is a real winner, while the "classic" pub menu – burgers, pies and fish 'n' chips – features home-cooked, high-quality favourites. With a range of craft ales on tap, it's as good for post-work drinks in the beer garden as it is for a cosy dinner inside with friends.
The Ladbroke Arms
Tucked away on a very chilled residential street, Ladbroke Arms is the kind of unassuming neighbourhood boozer perfect for a break from the hustle. Inside it's a country tip: heavy woods, patterned wallpaper and deep dark ales. Perhaps the kind of place you'd meet in before you went on a fox hunt. Jk - it would be after the fox hunt, when their huge wine list would help ease the guilt. As for the food, the grub on offer here better reflects that of a restaurant than a pub, and although it's not cheap, you'll understand why after one bite of your roasted cod with Israeli couscous, tomatoes, olives, coriander & lemon oil. Our favourite thing about this place, though, is the outside. Here hanging baskets full of flowers come into bloom in the summer and the benches become hot property, with locals spilling out onto the road holding their pints; the sinking sun to the west creating a perfect backdrop.
If you’re looking for a place to work, sip cocktails and take your mum for brunch, then we’ve got just the spot. The third of its name, Caravan Bankside is a warm and unpretentious hub, where veggies can indulge in homemade cheeses, freshly roasted coffees and sexy signature dishes - like the baked eggs with tomato pepper ragout, greek yoghurt and aleppo chilli, or the jalapeño cornbread French toast. If you’re more of a meat eater, try the hot chilli crab slaw, or the cured meats selection - paired with a classic cocktail and a good conversation.