London: all the caffeine & culinary apps you need

If you’re visiting London for #Eurocomm – or perhaps just visiting London in general, here’s a quick round-up of the top caffeine & culinary apps for downloading to your phone before you depart…

A brief preamble before we get stuck in

Maps, maps, maps
There’s a virtue in being lost from time to time, but if you’re short of time, then you may want to cache a London map onto your phone. You can do this with Google Maps – simply zoom to the area you want to keep and type ‘ok maps’ in the search bar. That should more or less take care of it. See the Google Maps help pages if you run into trouble.

Getting from A to B
Cycling is always fastest and there are Boris bike points throughout the centre of town (and here’s a handy iOS app for that) and lots has been done to make London more legible for walkers. Should you feel compelled to use the underground, be sure to follow @tfltravelalerts – and if you need a cab, book ahead using Kabbee – in fact, here’s £10 off code for your first use: PUEZFDget the app here.

Now onto the actual guide:


The good people a Blue Crow Media have a handy app that covers a lot of the top coffee joints across the city: App Store | Google Play | Website.


That’s a lot of choice though. If you’re a Foursquare / Swarm user then you may want to rely on what your friends have rated – or perhaps a curated list like this: London’s (arguably) Best Coffee.


If you’re attending Eurocomm, then here’s a long list of worthwhile /quirky eateries near London College of Communication.

If you’re looking for more specific suggestions based on cuisine (and less geographically bound), then here are a couple of curated lists ready made for Foursquare users:

App-wise, here are some favourites – that work for London – and well beyond:


A long list of worthwhile /quirky eateries near London College of Communication

Eurocomm is coming to town and this year it is hosted by the London College of Communication. For those attending – and perhaps anybody else visiting this fine school – here’s a brief list of eateries a brief walk away. Or perhaps a pedal or two on a Boris bike, if you’re into that sort of thing.

In the immediate vicinity (and then clockwise below):

Thur-Sat evening street food pop-up and creative space
The Paperworks
48 Newington Causeway
London SE1

Steak for breakfast and a shot of Colombian
La Chatica Café
2 Elephant Road
London SE17 1LB

Lunch or dinner for £6 or so…
Mamuśka! – Polish Kitchen and Bar
Unit 233, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre (a blast from the past in its own right)
London SE1 6TE

A little piece of daytime South America in Southwark
El Vergel
132 Webber Street
London SE1 0QL 

North towards Waterloo / Waterloo East

Best fish and chips south of the river – but *you’ll smell of fry*
Masters Super Fish 
191 Waterloo Road
London SE1 8UX
United Kingdom

Seasonal modern British and a nice atmosphere
The Laughing Gravy
154 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8EN

South Bank riverside views

Sophisticated low-light, high ceiling setting
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

A good view of the river and St. Paul’s
OXO Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
OXO Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
London SE1 9PH

An even better view of St. Paul’s – and the City
Tate Modern Restaurant
Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG

Up near Borough Market:

For oysters and all that
Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House
11 Stoney Street
Greater London SE1 9AD
United Kingdom

Chocolate-based cuisine (yes, really)
Rabot 1745
2 – 4 Bedale Street
Borough Market
London SE1 9AL

+ little bit further East from there:

Cook school, social enterprise – and a decent dinner
Brigade (I was originally introduced to this place by @negriff)
139 The Fire Station
Tooley Street
London SE1 2HZ

Small and intimate
152 Tooley Street
London SE1 2TU
United Kingdom

Bermondsey Street

You may have to stand, but you won’t regret it – views from ‘13 still hold
104 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3UB

You may also want to try the seated sister-establishment down the road:

A proper gastro-pub in the original meaning of that term
The Garrison
99 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3XB

South towards Kennington

Quirky, kitschy small French seafood restaurant 
The Lobster Pot
3 Kennington Lane
London SE11 4RG

A decent curry
347a Kennington Road
London SE11 4QE

For more like this, see the archive / follow @michaelambjorn

A quick list of worthwhile coffee spots in San Francisco

There’s more good coffee in SF than this perhaps, but this is not a bad set of places to start…

Réveille Coffee Co. – for that wake-up shot – and avocado on rye
4076 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114, United States

Fourbarrel Coffee – fresh roasted – literally
375 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States

Blue Bottle Coffee – this is one of their several superb locations
315 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-5109, United States

Ritual Coffee Roasters – get a shot and then nip next door and get a bike
432b Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

…and for that bike mentioned above? 

Streets of San Francisco Bikes – good bikes, nice people 
370 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

A quick list of worthwhile spots in Amsterdam

Latei – for that uitsmijter … and a decent coffee
Zeedijk 143
1012 AW Amsterdam

Caffè il Momento – for hipster-grade espresso
Singel 180
1015 AJ Amsterdam

Café-restaurant van Kerkwijk – for the vibe, service and food
Nes 41
1012 KC Amsterdam

De Bekeerde Suster – for that brewed-on-site experience
Kloveniersburgwal 6
1012 Amsterdam

Belgisch Bierlokaal “Het Elfde Gebod” – because does what it says on the tin and the name is a higher order imperative
Zeedijk 5
1012 AN Amsterdam

Amsterdam Public Library – because all modern libraries should have something to aspire to
Oosterdokskade 143
1011 Amsterdam

For more quick lists go here – for more like this more broadly, follow @michaelambjorn 

A quick list of worthwhile spots in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Fig + Sparrow – for coffee, sourdough toast and miscellania
Oldham St
Manchester M1 1JA

North Tea Power – does what it says
36 Tib St
Manchester M4 1LA

Takk – hipster hangout serving espresso 
6 Tariff St
Manchester M1 2FF

Luck Lust Liquor and Burn – for burritos…
100-102 High St
Manchester M4 1HP

…and if you want to truly travel back in time…

Hare & Hounds
46 Shudehill
Manchester M4 4AA

A quick list of worthwhile Cape Town stops

Haas Coffee – get the breakfast

19 Buitenkant St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa

Truth Coffee Roasting – get the coffee – also free Wifi (can be hard to find)

36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

The Book Lounge – nice bookshop

71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

South African National Gallery – worth a visit

Government Ave, Company’s Garden, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

Nelson’s Eye – better inside than it looks outside – BYOB – and have one of their great steaks

9 Hof St, Cape Town, 7570, South Africa

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