Vive the froth

Time for an original piece. Earlier this month whilst watching the excellent Layer Cake there was a key scene in a wonderful old caff called the Regency, I think thats what it’s name was. Anyway, it got me thinking about the precious few that remain. We all have our favourite places don’t we. Mine is the charming Cafe St.Germain, which though it passes it self off as French has a Greek/Italian (?) chef and a portugese waitress to name but a few. Anyway, its as near as to a local cafe that I have, hence the plug.

Does anyone else have a favorite london cafe that pulls them out of bed on a cold and wet Sunday morning with the promise of creamy cappucino’s and buttered up croissants? If so, let me know. Cheers Sean.

A great place to learn about the fading glory that are London’s caff’s can be found here at Classic Cafes. Enjoy.

3 Comments so far

  1. Graham (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2004 @ 7:40 am

    Nobody in London gets up on Sunday for cappucino and croissants – that only happens in building society ads on the telly.

    In real life you go to a caff for a bacon sarnie. If I asked for a croissant at my local caff I’d get a smack in the face: and I’d deserve it.

  2. Sean Hogan (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2004 @ 9:21 am

    That might be because there are no more caffs where I live I’m afraid to say. There are some in Balham where I used to live, but slowly they are being crowded out by the likes of Caffe Nero et al. I’d love a bacon sarnie at the Cafe St.Germain, but it wouldn’t be the same as the sort your talking about.

  3. Beth Ballingall (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2004 @ 9:23 am

    Our local caf, the Shepherdess (sometimes ironically referred to as La Shepherdesse – quelle cuisine! quelle ambiance!), is definitely not of the buttered croissants variety, but, yeah, definitely more the bacon sarnie type. Its popularity always surprises me: while the prices are low, the food is not great, yet every lunch hour it’s brimming over with manual and office workers alike.

    Also, annoyingly, I don’t think it’s open on Sunday.

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