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Walthamstow Farmers’ Market / Plot 44

Town Hall Square by Selbourne Walk Shopping Centre, off the High Street, Walthamstow E17 7JN

S London Farmers’ Markets 020 7833 0338, Plot 44 020 8531 0264 www.Ifm.org.uk/markets/walfhamstow, www.Dlotfortvfour.co.uk Open Sunday 10am-2pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Tube Walthamstow Central Bus 20, 48, 69, 97, 212, 230, 257, 357, W15, W19

The market is wheelchair accessible

Walthamstow Farmers’ market has been in Town Hall Square for seven years now, and has a devoted following of locals who come for the biodynamic eggs and Millets farm apples. Plot 44 is one of the stalwarts who turns up, rain or shine, whenever he has a pitch. Sam

Cork has a local allotment – number 44 to be exact – and he cooks small, tasty batches of jams, chutneys, ketchups, relishes and pickles. As well as Indian spicy chutney and cauliflower-crunchy piccalilli, he has been experimenting with different flavours of jam: popular combinations include tempting jars of summer elderflower, rhubarb and gooseberry and an autumnal blackberry and apple.

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Islington Farmers’ Market /Keik

Chapel Market, between Baron Street and Penton Street, N1 9EZ ® London Farmers’ Markets 020 7833 0338, Keik 07758 461598 www.Ifm.org.uk/markets/islington, www.keikltd.co.uk

Open Sunday 10am-2pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and

New Year’s Day

Tube Angel Bus 30, 73, 153, 214, 274, 394, 476, 812

The market is wheelchair accessible

The oldest of all the London farmers’ markets, this Sunday morning collection of stalls is also one of the busiest. Get there early for beautiful seasonal flowers, ripe red, yellow and dark green tomatoes and organic courgettes so fresh their skins feel squeaky when you pick them up. Keik have been cooking vegetable strudels, moist coconut cakes and other delicious things to eat for over a year now, and this eye-catching stall is one of the main attractions. The chef lays out her baked goods on simple grey slates and they are usually all gone before lunchtime, so if you want a delicious brunch but are feeling too lazy to cook, her boeuf bourguignon galettes and carrot cupcakes are well worth a cycle ride to this weekly market.

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Imperial College Farmers’ Market / Hand-Picked Shellfish Co.

Queen’s Lawn, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ S London Farmers’ Markets 020 7833 0338

Hand-Picked Shellfish Co. Steve Hall 07785 571 023, Matthew Baldwin 07968 176 485

www.Ifm.org. uk/markets/south-kensington-tuesday

Open Tuesday 10am-2pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Tube Knightsbridge, South Kensington Bus 9, 10, 49, 52, 74, 360, 452

The market is wheelchair accessible

One of the most enticing stalls here on a Tuesday morning is the Hand-Picked Shellfish Company. Based in Dorset, two enterprising fishermen get up at 5am to catch their fish and then arrive in London a few hours later, paella dishes at the ready. Their sweet chilli crab noodles are warming and spicy, while their traditional Spanish seafood paella is perfect for a delicious, filling hot lunch. Fresh fish can also be pre-ordered in advance – from speckled lobsters to smoked mackerel or whatever they catch off the coast of Weymouth. There is also a wide variety of other produce for sale at this weekly outdoor market, from organic vegetables to venison and smoked garlic.

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Bermondsey Farmers’ Market

Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN

« Perry Court Farm 01233 812 302, Scarlet Rosita 07923 109 170

www.Derrvcourtfarm.co.uk,www.scarletrositafood.co.uk

Open Saturday 10am-2pm, closed Bank Holidays

Tube Borough Bus 1, 42, 88, 188, C10

The market has wheelchair access and there is an adapted toilet in the cinema cafe opposite

Perry Court Farm is one of the largest stalls in this small South London farmers’ market. As well as a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, this Kentish farm has recently started selling their own air-dried apple crisps, which are a great snack to keep you going when walking round farmers’ markets. Their unsprayed seasonal fruit and vegetables include greengages, yellow sweetcorn, purple cauliflowers and cavolo nero, the long dark cabbage leaves so beloved of Italian chefs. Their produce is very cheap as there is no middleman, so visiting this market is a great way to do your weekly shop. Scarlet Rosita’s raw food confectionery and baked cakes are also delicious – try their hazelnut biscotti or coffee and walnut cake.

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Blackheath Farmers’ Market / Seasonal Suffolk

Blackheath Station car park, SE3 9LA s Seasonal Suffolk 01206 617 042

www.Ifm.org. uk/markefs/blackheafh

Open Sunday 10am-2pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Rail Blackheath Bus 54, 108, 202, 321, 386, B16

The market is wheelchair accessible

This lively market may not be in the prettiest location in London, but it has a wide range of stalls, with up to 55 setting out their wares each Sunday morning. Try the unusual pates and terrines produced by Seasonal Suffolk, made from mushrooms and berries collected from East Anglian woods and fields. The owner has been foraging for over a decade, and now shares his edible finds with London gourmets.

This is probably the only place in the capital where you can buy giant puffballs, wild damsons, windfall crab-apples, home-smoked pigeons and pork and pistachio terrine. The stall holder worked as a chef in Paris and his smoked and pickled samphire, hawthorn jelly, beef and Guinness pate and Moroccan lamb tagine are unusual treats for a Sunday tea.

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Horniman Farmers’ Market

Horniman Museum Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ

S Horniman Museum 020 8699 1872

www. horniman. ac. uk/visit/events/horniman-f armers-market

Open Saturday 9am-1.30pm

Train and Overground Forest Hill Bus 176, 185, 197, 365, P4 The market is wheelchair accessible and has adapted toilets inside the museum

This weekly market has the most spectacular views of any in London. With panoramic vistas over South London, this is a stunning place to find English fruit, baked goods, artisan breads, meats and other produce. Every week Brambletye Fruit Farm bring boxes of their seasonal fruit and vegetables, including rainbow chard, rocket, basil and sunshine apples to these magnificent gardens. There are also numerous stalls selling Fair Trade juice, handmade chocolates, fresh fish, scallops and different kinds of sausage rolls. The surrounding gardens are an ideal spot for an impromptu picnic, and if you buy your bread, cheese and tomatoes in the outdoor market, you won’t have to carry your lunch very far.

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Pimlico Farmers’ Market/Wild Country Organics

Orange Square, SW1W 8NE, corner of Pimlico Road and Ebury Street

S London Farmers’ Markets 020 7833 0338, Wild Country Organics

01223 894 599

www.Ifm.org.uk/markets/oimlico-road, www.wildco.co.uk

Open Saturday 9am-1pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and

New Year’s Day, open Easter Saturday

Tube Victoria Bus 11, 170, 211

The market is wheelchair accessible

Shopping in this small farmers’ market in the middle of a leafy Pimlico square is a really pleasant experience. Wild Country Organics’ tiny round courgettes, vivid orange squash, firm aubergines and crimson tomatoes are almost too beautiful to cook with. As well as growing their own sorrel, pak choi and mustard greens, they even print labels telling you the mineral and vitamin content of the vegetables. The stallholders are invariably friendly and helpful, and the produce is more reasonably priced than in the shops surrounding the square. Just behind the small statue of Mozart you can also buy bunches of seasonal flowers and their shaggy, meadow-like appearance will enhance any London kitchen table.

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Kew Village Market / Love By Cake

Kew Station Parade, Richmond TW9 3PZ ® Love By Cake 020 8123 3194

www.kewvillaqemarket.orq

Open first Sunday of the month 10am-2pm

Tube and Train Kew Gardens Bus 65, 190, 391, 419, R68 The market is wheelchair accessible

This lively market is a treat for anyone who appreciates buying gourmet food in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Around 35 stalls appear once a month just outside Kew Gardens station offering tasty Ethiopian dishes, bowls of black and green salted olives, bottles of real ale, French crepes and seasonal fruit and vegetables. The Maids of Honour pie stall is a local favourite, as is the enterprising Love By Cake. This young couple bake tiny meringues, rum babas, profiteroles and other sweet delicacies. Fill a pink gingham box with a selection of their hand-made petit fours for a rather special Sunday tea.

Introducing Euridge Manor, a classic English venue so enchanting it will take your breath away.

 

DREAMING OF A VINTAGE-INSPIRED TRAVEL set in the rolling English countryside? This exquisite property, the former hunting lodge of Sir Walter Raleigh, is the perfect location. Sitting pretty in the heart of the Cotswolds, on the edge of Castle Combe, this magical venue could be straight out of Alice In Wonderland. Take, for example, the grounds of the Secret Garden Orangery: artfully pruned topiary, fountains, a Gothic maze and row upon row of scented roses. 

 

Think Champagne and canapés on the lawn, followed by romance after dark, with candles flickering on banquet tables as music plays. With capacity for up to 250 guests, there are several areas within the grounds licensed for weddings, including the property’s cloisters, the Secret Garden Orangery and the boat house – a stunning space beside the lake with views out to the hills beyond. 

 

Perhaps most spectacular of all is the ballroom, which has a beautiful ancient grotto attached to it. And if you’re dreaming of a traditional church ceremony, there’s a village church in nearby Colerne. With 500 acres of private woodland, a picturesque boating lake and a sweeping valley backed by a historic castle, Euridge Manor is one of the most glamorous venues we’ve seen in a long time. Book now for 2020 dates. You’re welcome.

 

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Coworth Park BERKSHIRE

 

The 10-acre wildflower meadow is Coworth Park crowning glory – and makes a pretty big-day photo backdrop. The ethereal vibe continues in the Oval Room, a blank canvas with fresh white walls that looks splendid when adorned with flickering church candles. After tucking into modern British food with a twist, cast open the glass doors to the private patio, festooned with fairy lights. Top marks for romance. dorchestercollection.com

 

The Hurlingham Club PUTNEY, LONDON

 

Tucked away within 42 acres on the banks of the River Thames, this private members’ sports and social club feels like it’s in the middle of the countryside rather than SW6. Make a slick, James Bond-style entrance by boat before heading to the glass-domed Palm Court in the Georgian clubhouse (for smaller gatherings, the Terrace Room has commanding river views). The Sunken Garden is a green oasis for cocktails. hurlinghamclub.org.uk

 

Kew Gardens RICHMOND, LONDON 

 

If there was an award for the leafiest loveliness in the capital, the restored Temperate House would claim first prize, hands down. The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, it makes for a sensational evening setting as guests dine and dance among some of Kew Gardens’ 10,000 species of plants. Other options are the Nash Conservatory and the Orangery, which also tick the botanical box and offer an abundance of natural light. kew.org/venue-hire

 

Port Lympne Reserve KENT 

 

Fancy adding some animal magic to your big day? Then Port Lympne, Kent’s largest wildlife reserve, is for you – after all, not many people can say they got married and took their guests on a VIP safari to feed a giraffe! There’s also a Moroccan Courtyard decorated with antiques for afternoon tea and treehouses for a buffet with views of the rhinos. aspinallfoundation.org

 

Thirlestane Castle BERWICKSHIRE, SCOTLAND 

 

This ancient castle with a sandstone facade and majestic turrets is as pretty as a picture. The sumptuous State Drawing Room overlooks the Rose Garden; the cobbled Courtyard is superb for an al fresco celebration (book a marquee so you don’t have to worry about the weather). Then spend your first night as newlyweds in The Maitland Apartment – the setting is sublime. thirlestanecastle.co.uk 

 

Borthwick Castle MIDLOTHIAN, SCOTLAND 

 

This restored 15th-century keep, 30 minutes from Edinburgh, was once a refuge for Mary Queen of Scots, no less. A wedding here is about full-on Scottish flavour: saying your vows in the Garrison, a medieval banquet (or more casual barbecue), bagpipers and ceilidhs and, at the end of the night, drams of whisky in front of a roaring fire. Kilts for the groom’s party: optional. borthwickcastle.com 

 

Kensington Palace LONDON 

 

Home to our favourite young royals, Kensington Palace is literally fit for a king. The beautiful Orangery where Queen Anne once hosted lavish balls has a south-facing terrace; the Sunken Garden is special in spring for drinks when the tulips are in bloom; and the red King’s Gallery gets our vote for dinner. The shop has some inspired ideas for bridesmaid and usher thank-you gifts, too. hrp.org.uk 

 

Achnagairn Castle SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

 

 Part of the Achnagairn Estate in Inverness, this castle has an ornate vaulted ballroom that seats up to 200 for dinner (fun fact: it’s one of the largest venues in the Highlands). Not keen on formalities? Tie the knot under the grand stone arch in the grounds before exploring the maze – just be back in time to raise a glass for the toasts! perfect-manors.com 

 

Osborne House ISLE OF WIGHT 

 

Once the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, this palatial property by the sea is exquisite. Have your ceremony on the private sandshingle beach, Champagne on the Belvedere Terrace and dinner in the grand Durbar Room, among a glittering collection of treasures given to the Queen as musicians play from the gallery above. No wonder this special house has the royal seal of approval. english-heritage.org.uk 

 

Blenheim Palace OXFORDSHIRE

 

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to stellar spaces at this Baroque beauty. From the Orangery overlooking the Duke’s Italian garden (it was once used as the Marlborough family’s private theatre) to the Long Library with 10,000 books, each room is as enchanting as the next. The best place for a party? The L-shaped Water Terraces, which have space for bands and dancing. To really make an entrance, why not arrive by helicopter? blenheimpalace.com 

 

Ashford Castle CO. MAYO, IRELAND 

 

No request too large, no detail too small’ – that’s the attitude of the planning team at this 800-year-old castle, just outside the village of Cong. Guests will be wowed by views of Lough Corrib before gathering in traditional Oak Hall, all red walls and gold-framed paintings. And did we mention the wine cellars for tastings and the Reagan Presidential Suite, with its antique four-poster? ashfordcastle.com 

 

Clearwell Castle GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

 

 This castle in the Forest of Dean has seriously cool credentials, as it was once a recording studio for Led Zeppelin and Queen. It also has a showstopping 75-foot aisle (the perfect excuse for a long dress train) in the Ballroom, a Drawing Room with a baby grand piano, and a cellar bar with a dance floor. On warm days, kick things off with cocktails on the terrace and afternoon games of croquet. countryhouseweddings.co.uk 

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Wild Honey Restaurant

12 St George Street, W1S 2FB S 020 7758 9160

www.wildhonevrestaurant.co.uk

Open Monday-Saturday 12-2.30pm, 6-11pm, closed Bank Holidays Tube Oxford Circus Bus 6, 10, 23, 55, 73, 88, 98, 139, 159, 453, C2 The ground-floor tables are wheelchair accessible but not the toilets in the basement

The look of this beautiful dining room is enough to tempt any diner to linger here for an evening of culinary delights. The contemporary artworks on the walls are entrancing and the mustard- and peachcoloured velvet dining chairs are as comfortable to sit on as they are attractive to the eye. The English/Asian/French-inspired menu changes daily and reflects the seasons throughout the year. The chef at Wild Honey worked with Bruno Loubet for a while, and his octopus carpaccio and morello cherry lemonade are well worth a visit to this lovely restaurant. Other inventive dishes include Scottish scallops with flourless gnocchi, Dover sole with red quinoa and brussels sprouts and partridge with damson jam and green freekah wheat.

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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden WC2E 7LB S 020 7836 5314 www.rules.co.uk

Open Monday-Saturday 12-11.30pm, Sunday 12-10.30pm, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day Tube Covent Garden, Leicester Square Bus 1, 168, 176, 188, 243

The ground-floor wheelchair access is good but the toilets are on the first floor

Rules first opened its doors in 1798 as an oyster bar, making it the oldest restaurant in London. The entire building has a tangible sense of history and many famous people have dined here, including Charles Dickens, Laurence Olivier, Charlie Chaplin, Ava Gardner and a few currently serving politicians. Edward VII used to arrive with a friend by a secret entrance and it is no wonder he appreciated coming here. The listed building is sumptuously decorated, with hunting trophies, antique prints, silver cutlery and red wax candles on starched white linen. Specialising in classic game cookery, the venison and wild birds served here are all sourced from the Lartington Estate, with occasional beef from their grass-fed Galloway herd in the Pennines.

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Simpson’s in the Strand

100 The Strand, WC2R OEW S 020 7836 9112 www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk

Open Monday-Friday 7.15-10.30am, 12.15-2.45pm, 5.45-10.45pm, Saturday 12.15-2.45pm, 5-10.30pm, Sunday 12-9pm

Tube Charing Cross, Covent Garden Bus 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176

The restaurant and bar are wheelchair accessible

For over 170 years the historic Simpson’s in the Strand has been offering classic British dishes to Londoners and visitors to the capital. Many famous writers and artists have dined here, from Vincent Van Gogh and Charles Dickens to George Bernard Shaw. Simpson’s originally opened in 1828 as a chess club and coffee house; to avoid disturbing the chess games in progress, large joints of meat were placed on silver-domed trolleys and wheeled to guests’ tables for carving – a practice Simpson’s still continues today. For a convivial lunch, order a smoked haddock omelette, their classic beef Wellington and finish your hearty meal with a traditional treacle pudding.

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Dosa World

46 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL ® 020 7377 0344 www.dosa-world.com

Open Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11.30am-3pm, 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-12am

Tube Aidgate East Overground Shoreditch High Street Bus 25, 67 The restaurant is wheelchair accessible

This small restaurant is the only one around Brick Lane which serves South Indian food, including the delicious crispy rice and lentil pancakes called dosas. Although they play background music, there are only 16 seats so if you bring a few friends they will gladly turn the sound system off. The staff are very helpful and considerate, and this low-key restaurant feels informal and intimate. Try their vegetarian thali – an entire meal in itself, with spicy sambal, rice and a lentil-and-vegetable curry, all served in small stainless steel dishes on a tray. Their speciality is cabbage thoran served with crunchy mixed pickle and a cooling carrot-and-cucumber raita, a rare treat for lovers of South Indian cuisine.

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Orso

27 Wellington Street, WC2E 7DB S 020 7240 5269

www.orsorestaurant.co.uk

Open Daily 12pm-12am including all Bank Holidays except Christmas Day

Set pre-theatre menu available daily 12-6.15pm

Tube Temple, Covent Garden Bus 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176

The restaurant is not wheelchair accessible

This well-established Italian restaurant used to be an orchid warehouse, where blooms for the Covent Garden flower market were stored deep underground. Since 1985 Orso has been serving authentic Italian cuisine to opera-goers and lovers of fine food. The set pre-theatre menu offers three choices, including a salad of goat’s cheese, radish, lambs’ lettuce, fennel and endive with fig balsamic dressing, delicious pan-fried mackerel with crushed new potato, spinach and salsa verde and a slice of their delectable lemon cake with blueberry compote. They are renowned for their extensive list of imaginative cocktails so, after a visit to the ballet, slowly sip their Espresso Martini – a luscious mix of espresso coffee, Stolichnaya vodka and Creme de Cacao.

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Rasoi

10 Lincoln Street, Chelsea SW3 2TS S 020 7225 5181 www.rasoi-uk.com

Open Monday-Friday 12-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Saturday 610.30pm, Sunday 12-2.30pm, 6-9.45pm

Tube Sloane Square Bus 19, 22

There are steps into the restaurant but wheelchair users can be accommodated

Rasoi means ‘kitchen’ and this sophisticated Indian restaurant serves up delicious South Asian dishes in a beautiful 100-year-old townhouse. The walls are decorated in warm, ornate patterns and the judicious arrangement of carvings, silks and Indian trinkets adds to the comfortable ambience. Considered one of the best Indian restaurants in Britain, this Michelin-starred venue is a rather special place to dine. The menu is consistently innovative yet draws on traditional Indian cuisine. Typical dishes on the seven-course tasting menu might be banana-wrapped mustard tilapia with aubergine achari couscous, mango-tellicherry pepper chicken and their delicate champagne-rose petal sorbet sweetened with rose marmalade.

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Basak Pastenesi

47 Newington Green, Stoke Newington N16 9PX S 020 7359 2338

Open Daily 7.30am-7pm, including Christmas Day

Overground Canonbury, Dalston Kingsland Bus 30, 73, 141, 236,

243, 341,476

The shop and cafe are wheelchair accessible

This may be the only bakery in London where you can see your durum bread being rolled out and baked on a hot griddle in the window. Even though you are in North London, the friendly women who work here make this small cafe and patisserie feel as if you have arrived in a Turkish village. On a summer day, take your piping hot, delicious lahmacun (Turkish pizza), zeytinli (olive) bread, some pistachio baklava and a few beakers of ayran yoghurt drink for a Mediterranean picnic on Newington Green.

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The Orangery

Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX ® 020 3166 6113 www.oranqerykensinqtonDalace.co.uk

Open Daily 10am-6pm March-October, 10am-5pm November- February, closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day Book a table in advance as private events often take place here Tube High Street Kensington, Queensway Bus 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 94, 148, 390, 452

Wheelchair access is via a ramp which is situated on the right side of the terrace

Built as a pavilion for Queen Anne in 1704, these graceful rooms have been transformed into a sunlit cafe overlooking Kensington Palace’s immaculately kept gardens. This is a very civilised place to sit on the outdoor terrace on sunny days underneath a white parasol. The lunch menu suggests free range egg-and-cress sandwiches, leek-and- potato soup and fish stew, while the famous Orangery afternoon tea includes Duchess of Bedfordshire cake, old English jam tart and ten speciality teas. Enjoy your orange posset with a glass of fine wine, knowing that anyone can now sit in this elegant room designed for a Hanoverian queen.

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The Cloister Cafe Great St Bartholomew’s

West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS S 020 7600 0440

www.qreatstbarts.com/Pages/Cloister Cafe/cafe.html

Open Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 9.30am-1:30pm, 56pm for afternoon tea until Evensong begins, closed Saturday Tube Barbican, Farringdon, St Paul’s

Bus 4, 8, 17, 25, 45, 46, 56, 63, 100, 153, 242, 243, 341, 521

There is step-free access to the church and cafe along the path leading to the West Door but no wheelchair access to the outside toilets

Enter the beautiful Great St Bartholomew’s Church by passing underneath the Elizabethan gatehouse. After slowly wandering round its hallowed interior, find a table in this tranquil cafe to the right of the main porch. There aren’t many places where you can sit and have a slice of chocolate cake among fifteenth-century cloisters, but the ancient surroundings make this one of the nicest cafes in London to enjoy afternoon tea. Fresh mint tea is served in white china pots, and with the pale green light filtering through the leaded glass windows this is one of the most peaceful corners in England.

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The Brunel Museum Cafe

Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe SE16 4LF S 020 7231 3840 www,brunel-museum.org,uk

Open Daily 10am-5pm, late opening Thursday

Overground Rotherhithe

Bus 1, 188, 381, C10

The cafe is wheelchair accessible

This little-known museum shows the history of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel’s Engine House, and one corner has been converted into a small cafe. Have a cup of tea surrounded by drawings produced by local artists on the curved walls.

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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

13 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 3DF

www.dalstongarden.org

Open Daily 11am-6pm, cafe 11am-7pm and later for evening events Overgound Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland Bus 30, 38, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 277, 488

The garden, cafe and toilets are wheelchair accessible

Enjoy a peppermint tea and a freshly baked banana cake in this relaxing cafe overlooking a pretty garden. The outdoor benches are a delightful place to sit on summer afternoons. Stay late for an artisanal beer or a pizza baked in their outdoor clay oven.

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Creperie Cafe

127 Church Road, Barnes SW13 9HR

Open Daily 8am-5pm (winter), 8am-8pm (summer)

Rail Barnes, Barnes Bridge Tube Hammersmith

Bus 22, 33, 209, 265, 283, 337, 419, 485

The cafe is wheelchair accessible

With its ornate mirrors and glass chandeliers, this pretty cafe in Barnes Village has a relaxing French ambience. The chef used to work at La Duree in Paris so is an expert patissier, but you can also order one of his freshly made crepes, a slice of home-made carrot cake or a croque-monsieur. For lunch, enjoy salad with potato tortilla followed by a nougat stick for dessert – a sweet which could be described as a mini-Danish pastry covered in chocolate and almonds. The cafe also serves freshly squeezed carrot juice, thick fruit smoothies and a wide range of teas, including jasmine pearls and a soothing liquorice-peppermint mix.

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Gaby’s Deli

30 Charing Cross Road, WC2H ODE » 020 7836 4233

Open Monday-Saturday 9am-midnight, Sunday 11am-10pm

Tube Leicester Square, Charing Cross Bus 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176 There is wheelchair access but the entrance is narrow

The longevity of this popular deli restaurant comes as no surprise. Located near the major art museums around Trafalgar Square, Gaby and his staff have been serving up salt beef sandwiches, hot chickpea falafels and crunchy salads for five decades now. Whether you are here for a substantial lunch or a quick bite on the way to the theatre, it’s a real pleasure to choose from the dishes on the counter and pile your plate high with colourful vegetables, creamy hummus and a smoked salmon bagel. The cafe has a licence, so you can order a glass of house red or white to accompany your meal in this unpretentious Middle Eastern deli.

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Makan Cafe

270 Portobello Road, W10 5TY ® 020 8960 5169 www.makancafe.co.uk

Open Daily 9am-9.30pm

Tube Lad broke Grove, Westbourne Park Bus 28, 52, 70, 295, 452 There is an 8cm step at the entrance

The chefs start chopping and slicing early in the morning, so a few dishes will be ready by the time you arrive for a cooked halal breakfast. Makan is famous for the owner’s very own Malaysian green curry recipe, made with chillis and lemongrass, but you can also try her Singaporean laksa, Indonesian mee goreng and spicy Indian dhal. Everything is cooked fresh daily and available from the counter, so you can also take home a variety of delicious vegetarian and meat dishes. If you don’t have time for a tasty South East Asian meal, you can drop in for a coffee and a slice of their coconut and banana cakes.

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Handmade Food

40 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath SE3 OBD S 0208 297 9966 www.handmadefood.com

Open Wednesday-Monday 9am-5pm (Sunday to 4pm), closed Tuesday and Bank Holidays Train Blackheath Bus 89, 108, 202, 386 The cafe is wheelchair accessible and has a ground-floor table

Every day the menu changes at this award-winning traiteur and cafe, and wondering what will emerge from the kitchen is part of the pleasure of coming here. Whether you take away their dish of the day or eat here, you won’t be disappointed with the textures and flavours of the delicious food. Try the Moroccan-style chicken pastilia served with cumin yoghurt and turlu (Turkish vegetable stew) or their cauliflower, leek and celeriac gratin. Ethically sourced and sustainable food tends to be prepared with care and inventiveness, and Handmade Food is a great example of how to do this well.

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German Deli Warehouse Shop

Unit 1, The Hamlet Industrial Estate, 96 White Post Lane, Hackney Wick E9 5EN a 020 8985 5385 www.Qermandeli.co.uk

Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm Overgound and Train Hackney Wick Bus 108, 276, 308, 588 The ground floor is wheelchair accessible with a 4cm step to the toilets

It is hard to decide whether to call the German Deli a shop or a cafe – it is both, of course, and this unusual venue is located in the middle of industrial Hackney Wick. Many of the surrounding buildings now house small businesses and art galleries, so the German Deli has a varied clientele. Try their bratwurst and sauerkraut sandwiches or a slice of lemon cheesecake with a pot of limeflower tea. The partitioned spaces upstairs are as eclectic as the diners – a typical Bavarian room has a cuckoo clock on the wall while the balcony has views over an intriguing garden shed and outdoor patio. Don’t be put off by the location – the staff are friendly and the atmosphere unpretentious but upbeat. This is a good place to hang out with up- and-coming artists.

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The Angel Inn

420 St John Street, EC1V4NJ » 020 7837 7946

Open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Tube Angel Bus 19, 38, 153, 274, 341

The cafe is wheelchair accessible

This is a greasy spoon with a menu to suit everyone, from city gent to builder’s mate. Drop in for a huge weekday cooked breakfast with baked beans on toast and fried eggs, then bring your children at the weekend for knickerbocker glories and milkshakes. The chefs also cook substantial lunches at very reasonable prices, including roast chicken with potatoes and vegetables or fish and chips followed by roly-poly pudding with custard. On a Sunday you could even bring your aunt for an Americano coffee and Danish pastry after a trip to the local antique markets.

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Patisserie Valerie

15 Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2 9HE S 020 7379 6428 www.patisserievalerie.co.uk

Open Monday-Friday 7.30am-9pm, Saturday 8.30am-9pm, Sunday 9am-8pm

Tube Covent Garden, Leicester Square Bus 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176

The cafe is wheelchair accessible

Madame Valerie came to London from Belgium and opened her first patisserie in Frith Street, Soho, in 1926. After the premises were bombed in the Second World War, she moved to Old Compton Street where her teashop can still be found today. None of the Patisserie Valerie cafes play background music, but the popularity of their delicious cakes and pastries does mean they can be quite lively. The

Covent Garden branch tends to be quieter, although if you want a really peaceful afternoon tea, you can book the private upstairs room in Soho for yourself and a few quiet friends.

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Sable d’Or

249 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 1DE a 020 8442 1330 www.sabledor.co.uk

Open Monday-Friday 7.30am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 7.30am- 6.30pm, closed Christmas Day Tube East Finchley, Bounds Green Bus 43, 102, 134, 234

There is a small step at the entrance

The title of this pleasant cafe translates as ‘Golden Sand’, and the elegant French chandeliers and North African tiles suggest a Mediterranean influence. Drop in for a croissant and coffee for breakfast, then come back for a lemon, frangipani or pear apricot tart around 11am. If you have time, discuss the issues of the day over a sun-dried tomato, mozzarella and olive ciabatta sandwich for lunch. Delicious viennoisseries can be bought at the counter to take home or enjoyed with a cup of tea in this stylish cafe. Artists show their work here in monthly changing exhibitions, which means that if you run out of conversation you can always discuss the paintings on the walls.