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Five independent cafes to visit this weekend

Published: 24 September 2021

From Bayswater to Soho, and everywhere in between, we reveal some of Westminster's best kept foodie secrets. Here are our top 5 independent cafes and delis to check out this weekend…

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1. Cafe Beam - Notting Hill

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Brunch at cafe beam, which consists of a cup of coffee, two eggs, a fresh tomato sauce, houmous and feta cheese

Photo credit: Instagram @cafebeam

Calling all brunch goers, coffee connoisseurs and self proclaimed foodies... Westbourne Grove’s Cafe Beam is the newest of three London branches serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their impressive menu includes firm brunch favourites (smashed avocado on toast and buttermilk pancakes to name just a couple), as well as several Middle-Eastern inspired dishes served throughout the day. The varied menu caters both to everyone, with plenty of vegan-friendly options to choose from and a dedicated ‘Kids Menu’ for under 12’s. The lighting, exposed brick and spacious setting provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend bite to eat.

103 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 4UW

Find out more about Cafe Beam

2. Paul Rothe & Son - Marylebone

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The front of Paul Rothe and Son cafe, which is white and there are flowers hanging from above the sign

Photo credit: Paul Rothe & Son

Paul Rothe and Son first opened over a century ago in 1900, and has been run by the Rothe family ever since! The delicatessen offers a huge selection of freshly made sandwiches and hot food, including their famous hot soups, which have drawn in passers-by for generations. When it comes to lunch, classic is  key at Paul Rothe & Son. Enjoy a good, honest sandwich on chunky white, brown or wholemeal bread, made before you with your chosen filling - the salt beef is a popular choice among regulars! But food isn’t the only draw to this family run deli. It's pretty floral exterior has also proven to be a popular Instagram shot among tourists, locals and influencers!

35 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2NN

Find out more on Paul Rothe and Son's Instagram/

3. Flat White – Soho

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Some of the food on offer at Flat White Soho, including ham and cheese croissants, banana loaf, mini coffee cakes and savoury muffins

Photo credit: Instagram @flatwhitesoho

Flat White is located in the vibrant heart of Soho, between the Old Soho of street traders, fabric stores and vinyl shops and the New Soho of creative industries, media and fashion. The independent cafe launched in 2005, and has since become a local hotspot to unwind over quality coffee, all-day brunch, lunch or cake. Shana, the in-house baker, is the mastermind behind the famous Banana Bread as well as the light lemon loaves, Gluten-free brownies and seasonal cakes and pastries. There’s no disputing that this cafe is a must visit if you’re in the area.

17 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0PT

More information about Flat White Soho

4. KIN – Fitzrovia

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A plate of food at KIN cafe, a strawberry smoothie bowl and strawberry pancakes with a green matcha latte on a pink marble table with a small bouquet of flowers

Caption: Photo credit: Instagram @kin_cafe

For a healthy, delicious, plant-based menu, look no further than KIN. Whether you’re looking for a light snack or coming with a big appetite, their extensive menu has you covered. Whilst there are some staples on the menu - like their signature acai bowl with fresh fruit and agave nectar or the tasty KIN burrito - they change a lot of their dishes daily, to keep it interesting for locals and visitors. The KIN menu is focused around seasonality and top quality produce, which is reflected in their flavourful dishes. At KIN, the emphasis is on sustainability, not only environmental but also social, supporting other start-ups and small businesses. Where possible, they use suppliers who have a wider positive impact, training young people and other charitable works.

22 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6DT

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5. Pimlico Fresh – Pimlico

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A plate of smoked salmon on crushed avocado toast with a fried egg and a coffee

Photo credit: Instagram @yaroslavamalkova

Fresh by name, fresh by nature! This charming cafe located centrally between Pimlico and Victoria tube stations sees residents, tourists and local professionals flock to it each week. Popular for its healthy breakfast and lunch offering, the menu provides a range of appetising, nutritious dishes to fuel a day out in the city. You can expect to find a range of organic quiches, salads or hot dishes, like their flavour-packed pies and fishcakes. Equally, if you’re feeling a little more indulgent, you can satisfy your cravings with a stack of  pancakes or their French toast and maple syrup.

86-87 Wilton Road, Pimlico, SW1V 1DN

Find out more about Pimlico Fresh on their Instagram