Great British Cafes
The Great British Cafe (Caff) or Greasy Spoon as they are affectionately known is under threat from Continental Café Chains and American Coffee Bars. In fact in London, an average of six Classic Cafes per year are disappearing forever. It's time to pull together and remember that there is only one place to go for a Full English Breakfast, Egg and Chips and of course the Bacon Butty with HP Sauce.
They are very easy to spot by looking out for one or more of the following; fixed to the floor Formica tables and rigid plastic chairs, tomato ketchup in big plastic 'tomatoes' and the mandatory 'Pukka Pies' sign hanging outside the door.
Believe it or not, the actual design of these Cafes was considered contemporary and chic in the 1950s and 60s. In fact it was influx of Italian immigrants that provided this post-war fresh look, first in Clerkenwell (Little Italy), then Soho and then the rest of London and the UK.
Your mission (if you choose to accept it), is to use the information provided below to go out there, locate a Great British Cafe and enjoy real British (and Italian) food at very reasonable prices.
Good luck! Your Country Needs You!
LondonEats.com favourite Great British Cafes:
London - City
Butts - Farringdon, EC1
The Island Cafe - Barkingside, SE1
Copper Grill - Broadgate, EC2
London - Central
New Piccadilly Cafe - Piccadilly, W1
Remos - Mayfair, W1
Dante - Mayfair, W1
Silva's - Strand, WC2
London - North
London Cafe - Islington, N1
Best Cafe - Kentish Town, NW5
Ashfield Cafe - Southgate, NW14
London - South
Boiled Egg And Soldiers - Clapham Junction, SW11
London - East
Norman's Nosh Bar - Isle Of Dogs, E14
E Pellicci's - Bethnal Green, E2
Café Bliss - Kingsland, E8
London - West
Crocs - Fulham, SW6
Cafe Rest - Shepherd's Bush, W11
The Ritz - Hammersmith, W6
River Cafe - Fulham, SW6
Final Comment: Most of the above cafes are open from early morning, but close early evening. Please call them to check - but whatever you do, don't try and make a reservation for a table!
Are we missing your favourite cafe? Why not submit it to us to add to our database?
More: The LondonEats.com Top 10 London Pie and Mash Shops
More: The LondonEats.com Top 10 London Fish 'n' Chip Shops
More: Information and History on London's Classic Cafes