London is known for its beautiful green areas offering city dwellers to find slices of paradise within the bustling city. In this City Cheats, we look at the best park cafés that allow you to unwind with a chilled drink or coffee, and relax whilst you take in the natural surroundings. What better way to spend a summers day?
Image: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Nearest Tube: Stratford
If you are visiting the Park or exploring the ArcelorMittal Orbit, The Last Drop is a great place to finish your visit with a drink and something to eat. Open from breakfast time every day, the café includes a lovely roof terrace overlooking the park, perfect to enjoy when the weather is bright. It serves a range of coffee, cakes, pastries, light lunches and snacks, with the dishes being inspired by the East End and made from locally sourced produce where possible.
Image: Fowlds Cafe
3 Addington Square
Nearest Tube: Oval Tube
Sitting right on the edge of the green on the corner, the storefront was founded in 1870 and has been kept as one of South London’s oldest upholsterers. The front of the upholstery workshop is where Fowlds Café sit’s, opening from 7.30 – 5pm and late on Friday night’s in the summer. The menu is home to classics from porridge and croissants for breakfast, ciabatta sandwiches for lunch, and a delicious selection of homemade cakes (usually with vegetarian options too!). For supper expect dishes of cured salmon and celeriac remoulade, accompanied with an espresso martini or craft beer of your choice!
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Horniman Café at Horniman Musuem
100 London Road
Nearest tube: Forest Hill Station
Set in the beautiful gardens of the Horniman Museum, this light-filled café is an airy space which extends on to an outdoor terrace. With 16-acre grounds including manicured gardens, a Dutch barn and a restored 1903 bandstand, the café is the ideal place for a tranquil bite to eat and drink. The menus are adult and children friendly with a selection of hot and cold meals. Everything form pastries, home-made cakes and sandwiches to teas, coffees, locally sourced beer and wine. The café is open from 9.30am – 5.30pm with last orders for hot food at 5.00pm.
Image: The Lido Cafe
The Lido Café
Station: Herne Hill
Against the backdrop of Brockwell Park’s Olympic-size pool is The Lido Café. Perfect for a bite to eat after an awakening morning swim, or on a hot summer’s day after cooling off in the water. The café is open 9am to 3pm weekdays, and 9am – 3.30pm on the weekend for an all day brunch. The weekday menu features a seasonal superfood bowl, homemade granola and thyme-roast heritage tomatoes and labneh on sourdough. Options for brunch include an indulgent banana bread French toast, huevos rancheros or veggie burger with twice-cooked chips. The café even does cocktail classic such as Negronis and gin-spiked Elderflower Sherbets – cheers!
Image: Petersham Nurseries
Petersham Nurserises Cafe
Off Petersham Road
Nearest tube: Richmond
Bought by the Boglione family to save the nursery when it was threatened by developers, the nurseries are now an instinctive mix of love for nature and the earth along with a desire to deliver products and services in a peaceful and beautiful setting on the river. The family is dedicated to positive living, where ethics meets aesthetics which are interwoven in every aspect of the business, including the cafés.
In Summer 2004 they decided to open this casual restaurant with their friend Skye Gyngell as Head Chef. The charming, sophisticated restaurant is set within a glasshouse brimming with flowers, draped with Indian blinds and decorated with antique furniture. It serves seasonal, Italian inspired food with mouth-watering dishes such as Monkfish with Amalfi Lemon and Parmigiana di Melanzane. The menu is also brimming with delicious desserts like Crème Fraiche Pannacotta with Strawberries & Basil and has Organic Lager and Botanical Ale to drink. This takes Cafés to a whole new level!
If you manage to visit any of these Cafes in the summer, let us know in the comments below!