Coffee, culture and cake go hand in hand. For me, no cultural jaunt is complete without a visit to a café. London has many museums and even more coffee shops. Sometimes the coffee cups are every bit as photogenic as the exhibition that I’m on my way to see.
Finding my way to the Museum of London is always an odyssey. No matter which station I get off at the walk is always circuitous. One glimpse at the red coffee pots through the windows of Workshop Coffee on Holborn Viaduct was enough to lure me inside, good coffee inside those pots too. A little further along the way I strayed into St Botolph’s Church and saw this wonderful angel stained glass window.
Visitors to Kensington Palace exit not only through the gift shop but also the cafe. Walk away from the queues and head a couple of hundred metres across the gardens where you will find the Orangery. Here the tables are set with bone china cups and the sun streams through the huge windows. In the afternoons you can opt for full afternoon tea experience. Perfect after queuing to see Diana: Her Fashion Story.
Sometimes it is tea that I fancy. A short walk from the Wallace Collection isComptoir Libanais that serves rose mint tea, which tastes just like liquid rose Turkish delight. I concede that might not be everyone’s taste but I love it!
It was the cake that caught my eye. Obviously the raspberries would be part of my five a day. Gazing at the treasures in the British Museum is hungry work, the glittery splendors on show in the Waddesdon Bequest deserve a jewelled cake. Syrup of Soot is on Museum Street and (as the road name implies) 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?
Do you have favourite cafés near museums and art galleries?