Coffee and culture go hand in hand on my blog.  No cultural jaunt is complete without a visit to a café.  In the past couple of weeks the coffee cups have been especially photogenic.  The coffee has been pretty good too.

Culture Coffee Cake

workshop coffee

Two friends and I headed off to find the ancient headquarters of the Order of St John one morning and stopped off at Workshop Coffee on Clerkenwell Road to recover from the journey.  We had to opt for the coffee pot for three, it would have been rude not too.   Pretty good coffee inside the retro red pot as well.

Culture Coffee Cake

the orangery

You’d expect an upmarket café at Kensington Palace and if you head for the Orangery you won’t be disappointed.  All the tables are set with bone china cups, so much nicer than a takeaway paper one.


comptoir libanais

Tea this time, well it was the afternoon.  This time I was lured in off Wigmore Street by the promise of Rose Mint Tea at Comptoir Libanais.   That it came in this silver pot was a bonus.  It tastes like melted Turkish delight and is delicious.   Obviously I was forced to order the baklava too.



It was the cake that caught my eye.  Obviously the raspberries would be part of my five a day.  Syrup of Soot is a new addition to Museum Street and very handy for the British Museum.

Strange that I take pictures of my cups and even stranger that I am almost always not the only one in the café doing so!  Do you feel compelled to whip out your camera and snap away at your hot beverages?

Wander Mum



  1. March 12, 2017 / 1:12 am

    I am a bit of a coffee and coffee cup snob! I do like a china cup or if it is pot not too thick. Looks like you have been tasting some of the best.

  2. March 12, 2017 / 1:14 am

    You really have taken a wonderful mixture of teas this week – they all look great in their own right.

  3. March 12, 2017 / 1:31 am

    Looks lovely. Whenever we’re out and about, a visit to a coffee shop is taken as a given.

  4. March 12, 2017 / 7:28 am

    That bone china cup is just beautiful and I think it really adds to the experiences and would make me want to go back for more!

  5. March 12, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Hi Catherine, I think someone has a thing for cafes? Gone are the days of stainless steel pots and jugs. I do like the top photo, the pot is a lovely colour and interesting design and t as for the milk ‘jug’? Very simple and practical….. The cake at the Comptoir Libanais would have caught my eye too, and I’m pretty sure a raspberry does count as one of your five a day.


  6. March 12, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Where ever we visit somewhere we had to find a local cafe for a cup of tea and cake.

    Thank you for linking up

  7. March 12, 2017 / 9:32 am

    It looks like you’ve had a most enjoyable week! Love all the different cups. I would have been photographing them too. What do your friends make of it? Mine look a bit bemused sometimes.

  8. March 12, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Love that red coffee pot and the mini milk jug. The rose mint tea sounds delicious. So nice when coffee and tea are served with pretty pots and cups 🙂

  9. March 12, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I don’t drink coffee, but I always take photos when I’m out for a hot chocolate/cake. As you say, they can be so pretty nowadays

  10. March 12, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    ooh all that coffee and cake, sounds like a fab week x

  11. Mum in Brum
    March 12, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I definitely feel compelled to take snaps of my coffee too – think it’s a blogger thing! Love that red teapot x

  12. May 9, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I had a very early morning today and would gladly take one of each of those. Thanks for sharing. #citytripping

    • May 9, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Just fetching you a coffee in the fancy bone china cup to make up for the early start

  13. May 9, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Too busy drinking mine usually – it’s gone before my photo brain catches up. Mind you, not sure that many of my cups live up to the ones in these pix. Great photos!

    • May 9, 2017 / 9:08 am

      Most of mine are of the ribbed brown cardboard variety as well!

  14. May 9, 2017 / 10:36 am

    lovely places #citytripping

  15. May 9, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Oh yes, I definitely like to take pictures of my mugs and teacups – I have a bit of a shamefully large collection of mugs and teacups, so I’m always admiring then everywhere I stop for a cuppa. 🙂

    • May 9, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      I find that cups breed in my my cupboards!

  16. Wherejogoes
    May 9, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I have to say I wouldn’t normally photograph a cuppa but I’m with you all the way that a day out isn’t complete without a cafe stop! I’ve heard the afternoon tea at Kensington Palace is good too but not tried it yet! #CityTripping

  17. May 9, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I’ve recently become quite obsessed with coffee and cake culture after falling in love with the cafes in Vienna! I even wrote a post about them! I’ve heard of these two and would love to check them out as well as the massive list I have for other coffee and afternoon tea places! #CityTripping

    • May 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Budapest and Bratislava have good cafes too, you could do a themed river tour!

      • May 9, 2017 / 8:29 pm

        Oh yes I know all about some amazing ones in Budapest, but we’re headed to Bratislava soon so I better look into that!!

        • May 9, 2017 / 8:40 pm

          The Schokocafe Maximilian Delikateso on Hlavné námestie had very good chocolate icecream

  18. May 10, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I don’t drink coffee but I love a good piece of cake!

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