Your Guide to Cute Cafés in London: Where to Sip, Study & Snap in Style

CityDays' guide to cute cafes in London where you can relax, take in some gorgeous interiors and snap some Insta-worthy pics of your latte.

Whether you live in the UK capital or you’re just here to visit, you’ll have noticed by now that London’s café culture is up there with the world’s best.

And it’s no wonder. The English have a worldwide reputation for being obsessive tea drinkers who just can’t say no to a cuppa. In reality, you’re more likely to find Brits reaching for a cup of coffee over tea these days - according to a study, 63% of them prefer coffee compared to 59% who regularly drink tea. 

Be that as it may, the British appetite for hot drinks and a slice of something sweet or savoury hasn’t dwindled. You’re never far from trendy, comforting or cute cafés in London - but it helps to know where they are. And if you want to find the best ones, stick around - you’ll find them all below!

Cute Cafes in Central London

Planning a cosy rendezvous or just want somewhere aesthetically pleasing to read a book? We’ve got you. Here are the best cute cafes in Central London you can visit today

Caffe Concerto (Northumberland Avenue)

Caffe Concerto on Northumberland Avenue is a symphony of elegance and comfort. 

Known for its sophisticated decor complete with sparkling chandeliers, Caffe Concerto offers a luxurious cafe experience. Patrons can indulge in a range of exquisite pastries and Italian coffees, making it a quintessential spot for those who appreciate the finer things in life. 

WA Cafe (Covent Garden)

WA Cafe is a hidden gem exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere straight out of a Studio Ghibli film. 

This quaint cafe, with its Japanese modern pastel interiors and friendly staff, specialises in handcrafted cakes with a Japanese twist. It's the perfect escape for a peaceful coffee or tea break in the heart of London, offering a homely vibe that makes every visitor feel like a regular.

Notes (Trafalgar Square)

Situated near the iconic Trafalgar Square, Notes is a haven for coffee aficionados. 

This cafe takes pride in its artisanal approach to coffee, sourcing beans from around the world and roasting them in their East London roastery. The contemporary, minimalist design, combined with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee creates an inviting space for both casual catch-ups and tucking into a mouthwatering brunch.

Page Common Coffee House (St Martin's Place)

Page Common Coffee House, nestled in St Martin's Place, is the epitome of urban chic. 

One of our favourite cute cafes in London, this modern café stands out with its sleek design and creative brunch dishes. It's a popular tea and coffee haunt for locals and tourists alike, offering a diverse menu and the most beautiful interiors.

The vibrant atmosphere here is perfect for those seeking a trendy yet cosy coffee experience in Central London.

Quiet Coffee (Charing Cross)

As the name suggests, Quiet Coffee is a hidden from view oasis for coffee lovers.

This charming spot, with its retro-modern decor and soft ambient music, offers a tranquil retreat for those in need of respite from Central London’s hustle and bustle. 

Just a stone’s throw away from Charing Cross Station, Quiet Coffee has become a place of pilgrimage for carrot cake lovers (it really is incredibly good) and somewhere to gather your thoughts over a nice hot cup of coffee. 

Cute Cafes in East London

Looking for cute cafes in London while hanging out in the East End? Look no further. Here are our top picks!

Cafe Melo (Dalston)

Another of our favourite cute cafes in London, Cafe Melo on Shacklewell Lane is a hidden gem that exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Proving that “modern” interiors don’t have to be clinical, Cafe Melo has perfected the art of a clean bright space that still has personality. 

This is a great spot to indulge your senses as the menu has some absolutely incredible cheese toasties and, best of all, it’s very popular with dog owners so there’s always a friendly four-legged friend to wag a tail at you. 

Franze & Evans Cafe (Hackney)

Franze And Evans in Hackney stands out with its elegant, industrial design and focus on high-quality ingredients. 

This café offers a selection of homemade cakes all baked in house and coffee roasted locally in South London. The calm, sophisticated atmosphere makes it a perfect spot for a leisurely brunch or a peaceful coffee break. 

If tea is more your vibe - or something more potent like wine, beer or cocktails - that’s fine, Franze & Evans really do have it all. 

Well Street Kitchen (Hackney)

If you want to get a flavour of old-school British cafés but can’t bear to part with modern convenience, head to Wall Street Kitchen.

This gorgeous cafe is a much-loved hidden gem adored by Hackney residents and it’s easy to see why. -Well Street Kitchen serves up some of the best breakfasts in the city.

From traditional Full English to millennial favourites like avocado toasts, the portion sizes are massive and the flavour is impeccable.

Best of all, service here always comes with a smile and you can even bring your dog along to share the experience with you!

Mattcup Roastery (Leytonstone)

Mattcup Roastery in Leytonstone is a haven for coffee lovers of all kinds - and offers some of the best hospitality in the capital.

This cafe-roastery takes its coffee seriously, with beans roasted on-site to ensure the freshest brew. The industrial-chic decor, complete with exposed brick and minimalist furnishings, provides a contemporary backdrop to sipping your favourite brew in style. 

It's a great place for those who appreciate the art of coffee making and a modern, uncluttered space - and to get a quiet space to chill. 

Hermanos Colombian Coffee Roasters (Stratford)

Need to catch up on some work while out and about in the capital? Head to Hermanos.

One of the best cute cafes in London to work in, Hermanos ticks all the boxes. It has fast internet speeds, delicious coffee and plenty of space to get comfortable in.

Specialising in rich, Colombian coffee beans, this café brings the essence of Colombian coffee culture to London. The vibrant, modern décor is visually pleasing but the best part is that unmistakable smell of freshly brewed coffee. 

Find out more here

Kybelle Cafe (Shoreditch)

Much like the surrounding area of Shoreditch, Kybelle Cafe is a vibrant and quirky spot. 

Renowned for serving artisanal coffee and a trendy menu with plenty of healthy but still delicious options, Kybelle Cafe is a lively yet comfortable environment to enjoy a cuppa in.

Known for its delicious pastries and specialty coffees, Kybelle Cafe is a popular choice for both creative souls and coffee lovers looking for a lively, artistic space (the place is covered in hand-drawn murals and paintings).

Find out more here

Grind (Shoreditch)

Grind in Shoreditch is not just a cute café in London, it’s a coffee-culture icon. 

Known for its sleek, industrial design and vibrant atmosphere, Grind is a hotspot for coffee lovers and social butterflies alike. Offering a range of expertly crafted coffees and a buzzing cocktail bar, Grind is the go-to place for those seeking a lively and sophisticated coffee experience.

Float (Bethnal Green)

Float in Bethnal Green is a unique café that combines great coffee and stunning interiors to make the perfect cute cafe to work in London - there are power outlets galore and plenty of spaces to sit down.

Hot Tip: They also have an adorable backyard area which is perfect during warm weather to sit down and have a cosy catch up with friends over a cuppa.

Holy Shot Coffee (Bethnal Green)

Holy Shot in Bethnal Green is a small but mighty café, known for its exceptional espresso and warm, inviting atmosphere. 

This café takes its coffee seriously (contrary to what the cheeky name suggests!), with a strong focus on quality and sustainability. 

The interiors have combined influences from Australia, Japan, and Scandinavia and created a verdant, bright and natural-feeling space that slots straight into the East End’s artistic coffee scene like a hand in a glove.

Exmouth Coffee Company (Aldgate)

Exmouth Coffee Company in Aldgate is a charming, rustic café committed to quality. 

Famous for its freshly roasted coffee and handmade pastries, this café offers a homely and warm atmosphere. Its artisanal approach and friendly service make it a beloved spot for locals and visitors seeking a trendy yet down-to-earth coffee experience.

The Best Cute Cafes in London For Aesthetics & Wellbeing

These days, aesthetics are everything. And that’s ok! If you want to enjoy your coffee in a well-maintained space that has a perfect place on your Insta, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it.

But it’d be shallow to overlook the cute cafes in London that offer wellness experiences as well as killer decor. 

We’ve listed the best cute cafes in London that make us feel good so that you can visit and feel good too. Let’s get into it! 

Peggy Porschen (Belgravia)

If Barbie was British, this is where she’d hang out.

The entirely pink aesthetics of Peggy Porschen are absolutely unreal and chances are, you’ve seen the outside of this place all over Instagram already. 

Lean in to your love of love and embrace the feminine ambience of this show stopping bakery. Run by a husband and wife duo with a penchant for fancy foods, a trip to Peggy Porschen has got to be on your bucket list of cute cafes in London.

Violas (Covent Garden)

If the thought of pink lattes, floral-decorated dishes and high end décor is your idea of heaven, step into Violas.

While Violas’ prices definitely do reflect the high-end nature of the cafe, a visit to this iconic Covent Garden café is a treat for the eyes, tummy and soul. 

From the interiors to the drinks, Violas has applied a maximum attention to detail in making everything as beautiful as it can be - and the best part is, it’s pet friendly so your pooch can also benefit from its beautifying aura.

EL & N (Mayfair)

EL & N(or, to give it its full name Eat, Live & Nourish) has nicknamed itself the most instagrammable cafe in the world - a tall order, and yet they pull it off marvellously well.

Covered from floor to ceiling in pink with shimmering gold details, EL&N has created the perfect cute cafe for anyone who’s a big fan of pinkcore. From using Giant Love Hearts (the sweets) as wall decorations to the soft velvet chairs, every detail is accounted for.

As for the menu, expect your coffee, tea, iced tea, or Turkish Delight hot chocolate (!) to be served in a signature pink cup and your food to be just as gorgeous as the venue. Sweet and savoury dishes are available (and they cater for vegans, too).

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

Looking for cute cafes in London that involve feline company? Head to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium.

I’ll be honest - I’ve followed this cafe on Instagram for years and years and it's my go-to account to cheer me up.

Choose from a special cream tea with the cats or sip on a cocktail with a kitty - either experience will do wonders for your soul. Of course, the cutest part of this cafe is its feline occupants, so if that sounds like you’re kind of thing, you know where to go.

Pawsitive Cafe (Notting Hill)

Every dog has its day - and that’s every day (except Mondays when they're closed) at Pawsitive Cafe in Notting Hill.

Pawsitive is a brunch restaurant that aims to make the world - and your mind - a better place by offering a space to relax with your beloved pooch. This isn’t a “dog cafe” in the sense that no dogs live at the venue, but owners are encouraged to bring their dogs along with them so there’s always a flurry of wagging tails and adorable doggies.

With a mission to improve mental health through pet therapy with pups, Pawsitive Cafe has nothing but good vibes and good times in store.

Final Thoughts

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