Where: 103 Lauriston Rd, E9 7HJ
Elbows Café has a very limited online presence, so the best way to experience it is to grab your coat and go in blind. You’ll almost certainly be knocked back by its beauty, perfectly in keeping with its Victoria Park Village surroundings. Elbows Café’s lack of a website hasn’t stopped them from building up a dedicated fanbase who unanimously describe the staff as having a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude.
Elbows Café is open to early risers from 7am daily.
Tina We Salute You
Where: 2 Olympic Park Ave, E20 1FT
Tina We Salute You’s East London proprietors Sharon and Fraser are nuts about coffee, and that’s why they run one of the best cafes in Stratford London. If you’re after something a little stronger though, they know their way around a mulled apple gin, which they occasionally serve with brunch on the weekend. The vibrant wall art is the icing on the cake, and it’s all for sale so you can even take a little piece of Tina home with you.
Brunch at Tina We Salute You is served between 10am and 3pm on weekends.
The House Mill Café
Where: The Miller’s House, E3 3DU
Nestled away inside the world’s largest surviving tidal mill, the House Mill Café is a hidden gem. The homemade cakes and sandwiches pay tribute to the land on which the mill sits. The earliest mills erected there provided flour for London’s bakers as far back as the 9th century. Management keep costs low and community atmosphere high by employing volunteers only, even if that does mean a slightly unreliable schedule.
Opening hours are prone to last minute changes, but the café is always open whenever tours are on.
Where: 51-53 West Ham Lane, E15 4PH
Sawmill Café is a family-owned bakery and café run by a family of breakfast lovers. As such, the early hours at Sawmill will have you pinching yourself to make sure you’re not still dreaming. As well as fresh coffee, they serve up banquet of different breads, eggs and pancakes to help you start your day right.
Breakfast at Sawmill Café is served from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.
46b Espresso Hut
Where: Brooksby's Walk, E9 6DF
The espressos at 46b are appropriately small to match the intimate surroundings (the whole café only fits 5 tables) but they definitely pack a punch. They’re committed to using top quality beans from fellow East Enders Square Mile Coffee Roasters, and the result is not only a delicious hit of caffeine but a community atmosphere that keeps everyone happy to sit shoulder to shoulder.
46b Espresso Hut is open from 7:30am on weekdays, and 8:30 and 9:30 on Saturdays and Sundays respectively.
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