Harden's survey result
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Although they almost pre-date the ‘hipster’, these high-quality, funky little cafés, with their “superb coffee, great tapas, freshly squeezed juices, breads, cakes and toasties” hold their own well against newer competitors. “The best F&W is at Somerset House, where on a sunny day you can sit outside and look at the beautiful architecture and fountains, just a minute from the Courtauld and the Strand”.
“Securing a chair is like fighting for a life-jacket on the Titanic (and worth it!)”, say fans of these funky cafés with “always good” coffee, plus high-quality sarnies and pastries.
“Consistently terrific coffee”, and “wonderful sarnies, pastries and cakes” distinguish these “quirky, if not comfy” cafés; Somerset House is its most striking outlet, and the tiny Soho ones are good too – South Ken seems more of a “rip off”, with staff who are “too cool to care”.
A “faintly chaotic” small chain, which offers “delicious bits and bobs”, as well as “decent-value wines” and excellent coffee; the “magical” Somerset House location, with its high-ceilinged setting, is perhaps the one most actively worth seeking out.
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