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Cosy Cafes to Keep You Warm This Autumn

8 October 2018 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

The leaves are falling (crispy golden brown, anyone?), which can only mean one thing: autumn is here. It’s also that time of year where all the fashionistas’ bring out their October trends and you dust the onsie off. But we can’t help thinking about those colder days and nights.

The lovely open fire (ok, this is London; switch fireplace with a nice radiator) and getting as snug as a bug in a rug. Unless it’s bed bugs - there’s nothing snug about that. Anyway, where were we? Ahh, yes, the snugness.

There is something so cosy about autumn and winter, which is why we thought it would be a good idea to tell you all about the cosiest cafes in London. Get the cuppas at the ready and curl up with a good book and find out where the cosiest cafes in London are located.

Waterside Cafe

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Feeling cosy? Then we shall begin, on a boat, that’s on the canal. Look, hear us out. Yes, water isn’t considered to be cosy, but the Waterside Cafe manages to capture a feeling of warmth that will have you staying for an extra 15 minutes. Then another 15. Then another.

The cafe is set inside a canal boat and has seven tables, so there is no need to worry about overcrowding. The menu is straightforward, with an assortment of cakes added to your usual tea, coffee and sandwiches. But that’s not why you’re here, is it? You came to get cosy on the canal. And that’s precisely what you can do at the Waterside Cafe.

Where: Warwick Cres, Little Venice, London W2 6NE


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Ziferblat is a cafe with a difference. You might already be on a ‘pay as you go’ phone contract, but have you ever visited a pay-per-minute cafe? No? Well, this is your chance. At first glance, the idea of a paying just to sit inside a cafe might sound absurd.

However, peel back the layers, and it all makes sense. You pay £5p per minute to stay and get an unlimited supply of coffee, tea and snacks. The living room settings offer a cosy vibe, although the decor might be a bit reminiscent of your gran’s house. Still, where is cosier than grandmamas?

Where: 388 Old St, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9LT


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Retro 1970s Scandinavian design. ✅. Cosy space where you can spend all day writing that novel you keep saying you’re going to work on but never get further than the first page. ✅. Delicious snacks and hot drinks. ✅. North London’s Harringay is where you will find Moka, one of the cosiest cafes in the N postcode.

Moka also provides brunch and American pancakes, showing they can mix up the menu and offer a variety of meals -the croque madame comes highly recommended. Bring a book, sit back, enjoy the food and drink and, most importantly, relax.

Where: 5 Wightman Rd, Harringay, London N4 1RQ

Hoxton Hotel

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Who doesn’t love the idea of escaping to a hotel in the country for a cosy getaway? Especially if it’s a boutique one. Ok, so the Hoxton is bang in the middle of Holborn, but you don’t even need to stay there to evoke feelings of cosiness.

Sinkable sofas await you in the entrance area, along with magazines and books which you can flick through. It gets a tad busy on the weekends and in the evening, though. Which means a weekday afternoon is your best bet to unwind in the delights on of the Hoxton Hotel.

Where: 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

Fowlds Cafe

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Take a trip to Camberwell, South London, and you might just find one of the city’s smallest cafes. And we all know that the smaller they come, the cosier they are, right? Described in some quarters as a 'cupboard with a coffee machine', Fowlds Cafe takes compact to a new level.

Don’t let that put you off, though. The coffee is super delicious, and there is a village vibe that will quickly make you forget that you’re in one of the world’s busiest cities. As well as tip-top coffee, there are cakes, snacks and even cocktails.

Where: 3 Addington Square, Camberwell, London SE5 7JZ

The Breakfast Club

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Why not upgrade your coffee experience to a full-on breakfast? That’s what we recommend at The Breakfast Club, where cosy meets delicious with some of the best breakies in London. Even though it’s a chain, the Soho venue manages to conjure up a feeling of warmth and cosiness - and that’s not just because we overate and got the food sweats.

Whether you’re after a Full English or something with avocado, The Breakfast Club has you covered. If you’re going on a weekend, it’s best to get there early as queues aren’t uncommon. Head there during the week for quieter periods and ultimate cosiness.

Where: 33 D'Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EU

Look Mum No Hands

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Even if Look Mum No Hands were a terrible cafe, we’d still be inclined to add it to our list based on its name. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about the quality of the food and drink, as it’s Scrumdiddlyumptious.

The cyclist cafe offers a friendly atmosphere where you can choose to relax with a coffee in hand or find your creatives juices using the spacious tables and funky decor as inspiration. Oh, and there are even mechanics on hand to fix your bike while still creating a relaxing atmosphere. 👌

Where: 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX

Coffee and Chill

If you’re anything like us, you don’t need an excuse to park yourself in a cosy cafe for a few hours. London is full of quaint establishments serving a hot brew, and we believe these are the pick of the bunch. If you think there are any we’ve missed out, let us know in the comments below - preferably with a hot coffee in hand. 

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