It’s Blue Monday, but we don’t want to hear it. Instead, at Otolo, we encourage you to celebrate Brew Monday.
Brought about by an international charity called “Samaritans”, Brew Monday is about “scheduling an online, phone, or in-person meeting with someone who may have otherwise found a cold, grey winter’s day an almost insurmountable obstacle”. So go ahead, have a cup of tea or coffee somewhere nice to cheer you up, a catch-up with someone you appreciate, as we enter the third week of January.
We tend to forget to take a break to reach out to our family, our friends, but sharing a moment and just listening will make your day brighter. We selected a few places in London for you to do just that.
Shoreditch – Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is a cat café like no other! Escape the worries of everyday life in our basement forest surrounded by quiet, contented felines.
152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG
Open from 11 am to 7 pm (8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Belgravia — Peggy Porschen is a dream destination for visitors to creatively connect with their inner child. Built on Peggy’s love of a pink and pastel colour palette, modern romance, craftsmanship and exquisite tastes, the Parlour provides a fairy-tale setting.
116 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QQ
Open from 9 am to 6 pm (opens at 10 am on Sundays)
Covent Garden – %Arabica take coffee as serious as its aesthetics. The place roasts its beans (on-site in the case of the flagship on Broadway Market) and founder Kenneth Shoji has visited each supplier to personally select the beans for the space.
5 King St, London WC2E 8HH
Open from 10 am to 6 pm
Dalston – Allpress Espresso Roastery and Cafe are coveted by any coffee’s connoisseur, selling fruity filters, silky espressos, powerful cold brews and freshly ground beans right next to where the roasting magic happens. This is bean-to-cup in all its glory in a beautiful, airy old joiner’s factory.
55 Dalston Ln, London E8 2NG
Open from 8 am to 6 pm (opens at 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays)
Camden – The Basement Tea Room is located inside the stables of Camden Market in North London and takes you back to the sixties. Sip your afternoon tea in old fashioned sofas to old gramophone tunes, surrounded by vintage clothes and second-hand books.
Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
Open from 12 pm to 6 pm
Fitzrovia – Kiss the Hippo is London’s first carbon-negative coffee shop. Since opening its first location in Richmond last year, Kiss the Hippo has gone from strength to ethical strength. Beans are sourced directly from farmers and the café supports many charities.
51 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SG
Open from 8 am to 5 pm; from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Saturdays; from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sundays
Soho – Bar Italia is as close as London gets to a true-blue Italian coffee experience. Family-run since 1949, it serves rocket-fuel espresso and plenty of Mediterranean shrugs from the aproned waiters. It is open from 7 am until 5 am so there’s no wrong time to grab a cuppa.
22 Frith St, London W1D 4RF
Open from 7 am to 3 am
Victoria – Coffee Addiction reflects the British and Arabic people’s tastes. Coffee Addict was immediately a great success and interpreted as a destination for public figures such as actors, singers and bloggers from different countries, especially from the Middle East.
324 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London SW1V 1AA
Open from 7:45 am to 6:30 pm (opens at 9:30 am on Saturdays and Sundays)
Palmers Green – Starfish Loves Coffee is a café that doubles up as a gorgeous art gallery and showcases a different artist’s work each month. Art and coffee lovers will love this spot!
92 Aldermans Hill, London N13 4PP
Open from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)
Clerkenwell – Powerhouse Coffee offers a generous selection of breakfast and lunch food, but the main draw has always been the coffee: an exclusive and local Powerhouse blend that’s roasted by Climpson and Sons, consistently served with speed and a smile.
54 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL
Open from 7 am to 5 pm (Opens at 9 am on Saturdays); Closed on Mondays
🧡 And you, where do you go today for a cuppa?
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