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Usually referred to as the ICA, the Institute Of Contemporary Arts hosts everything from talks and art exhibitions to films and theatrical productions. Lesser known though, is the fact, that the bar & cafe that the institute houses, is one of the grooviest places to hangout in town. From wine and coffee, to snacks and lunch, ICA Cafe Bar boasts an impressive menu, designed to suit its patrons' mood. Chat with your friends on art and culture over a steaming cup of coffee, or enjoy a draught after a film at the Institute.
The Queen's Head is charming Victorian pub a little bit off the beaten path, offering finely brewed beers and ales. Visitors can enjoy light snacks, with the cheeseboards coming highly recommended. Wooden interiors, flower pots, and a little striking color lend the place a stylish, yet relaxing atmosphere. If you would like to visit a pub that isn't pretending to be a traditional London pub, but actually is, this one is definitely for you.
Le Pain Quotidien is a cafe and restaurant in Borough Market built on the principle of high quality, freshly baked rustic bread. The decor and atmosphere reflect the simple values of good food and traditional communal eating. Moreover, the bread (the cornerstone of this establishment) is made according to time-tested methods using organic stone-ground flour. More elaborate options are also available, from sweet pastries to savory quiches and salads.
This is one of the two Cafe Plums, located in the Hammersmith area. The cafe specializes in freshly made, wholesome food that doesn't break the bank. Everything on the menu, they claim, is made from scratch each day, except their bread and pastries, which are delivered fresh every morning. Options include a range of tasty toasted sandwiches, soup and salads, as well as a full brunch menu. Café Plum also provides friendly service, sustainable ingredients and quality cooking.
The Café of Good Hope is just that; providing hope to youth and promoting their safety. The neighborhood coffee shop is owned and operated by The Jimmy Mizen Foundation that was set up in memory of the slain teen Jimmy. The place is run by young people and exudes a warm and welcoming community vibe. On the menu are specialty teas, divine coffees and delicious sandwiches, cakes and quick bites.