If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? If I drink a red velvet latte and don’t Instagram it, was there any point? In an aesthetically obsessed age, it’s practically a cardinal sin not to capture that perfectly sculpted latte art in that trendy backstreet coffee house. London’s coffee scene is evolving rapidly so we’ve compiled a list of the insta-perfect filter coffee houses to embellish your newsfeed.
Instagram and neighborhood favourite, Lerryn’s, recently underwent a makeover. But fear not, owner Lerryn has opened a new cafe, and it’s just as delightful. Corals lives up to its name; the shop front is painted just the right shade of peach and is paired with a minimalist concrete interior that keeps it from becoming a Pepto Bismal headache. Lerryn’s objective was to create a welcoming atmosphere in a stylish space; Corals has got this spot on and achieved that rare balance of ‘edginess’ in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Lerryn has partnered with Sean, the eponymous mixologist of Sean’s Bar, so the cocktails are as photogenic as the interiors. Our top tip? Coordinate your drink with the bar and choose the signature pink gin cocktail.
Corals, 200 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15
B&H Buildings, £££
Brunching at The Bourne and Hollingsworth Building Restaurant (B&H for those in a rush) is like eating your eggs benedict in Anna Wintour’s greenhouse. The white wash walls and tables are the perfect backdrop for the palm print chairs and leafy potted plants that fill the space.
The interior has a hint of English Heritage, but with tongue-in-cheek titled events including ‘The Chap Olympiad’ and ‘The Tweed Run’ it is the opposite of stuffy. If you need any more persuading, we’ve heard Instagram queens Alexa Chung and Pandora Sykes are fans.
The Bourne and Hollingsworth Building Restaurant, 42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU
Most of London’s Lidos have wonderful cafes. But for me, Brockwell’s The Lido café wins hands down. It’s tasteful yet playful interiors, terrace that overlooks the Olympic sized pool and Art Deco Grade II listed building make it a cute and quirky spot for a Sunday morning coffee.
The food on offer is a far cry from the chip cones of my swimming pool youth. The salads are a riot of colour that will cheer up any social media feed, but for me it’s the seafood and fish dishes (appropriately) that I really want to dive into (excuse the pun).
The Lido Cafe, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA
It’s never good to take oneself too seriously. The Attendant offers the perfect antidote to this, with dining spaces nestled between urinals in this former Victorian public bathroom. Before you run for the scrubbing brush and marigolds, the entire place has been jet washed and is totally hygienic.
Coffee is from The Canavan Roastery, and the menu offers exotic twists on classic brunch dishes. It’s the little details, like edible pansies thrown over passion fruit French toast, that have us
The Attendant, 27a Foley Street, London W1W 6DY
sketch is the most Instagrammed location in London, and it’s not hard to see why. Pierre Gagnaire’s venue is intriguing and beautiful, with a healthy dash of humour. It’s this comedy, brought to the fore after a redesign from Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, that sets sketch apart.
Each room has been designed by a different person. India Mahdavi’s Wes Anderson style classic pink Gallery plays host to David Shrigley’s cheeky illustrations. The Lecture Room, designed by Gahban O’Keeffe, is a Missoni-style seventies dream. The red and black Parlour has the air of an after hours Soho drinking den. Eating in The Glade is like having a meal in a fairy tale forest. Don’t even get me started on the egg shaped toilet pods.
sketch, 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG
Palm Vaults, £
Walking into Palm Vaults is a little like walking into an Instagram virtual reality. Green leaves and baby pink flowers bedeck the walls, transporting you from Hackney on a rainy day to a dreamy LA sunrise. Even better, there’s a mini shop selling homeware, plants, prints and clothes, so you can take a piece of the prettiness home.
But it’s not just the cute decor at Palm Vaults that we love – the food and drink are also a delight. Delectable cakes on vintage crockery, flower strewn breakfast bowls, and their famous pink and green red velvet and matcha lattes will guarantee you some insta likes.
Palm Vaults, 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY
Kape Barako, £
Kape Barako opened earlier this year, and is one of the most ‘London-y’ examples on our list. Married owners Umar Khalid and Alona Guerra have revived a London icon by opening a teeny tiny in a red telephone box. This TARDIS like stall sells pastries as well as coffee and is eminently photographable.
Kape Barako, 25 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QJ
Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments. And keep your eyes peeled for the New York partner piece!
Edited by Florence Walsh