London's Boutiques & Beignets: Café-Shop Combos Featured

Fine London cafés in sanctuaries of style.

by Logan Ariza

It's no secret that shopping is great cardio: but where to refuel around your favourite London shops? Some of the finest lunches, tastiest pastries, and most aromatic coffees can be found just steps away from top designer boutiques in London, giving you the perfect chance to buy your cake and eat it too. From the gourmet delicacies at Thomas's to the Parisian-inspired baked goods at Rose Bakery, there's something for all tastes at these top shopping-and-eating locales.

Thomas at Burberry

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Found inside Burberry’s flagship store on Regents Street, at Thomas’s you will find artisanal goodies from across the British Isles. Think quails’ eggs, Scottish smoked salmon, and seasonal cakes. Come here for British breakfast with added style, and of course, champagne. Or if it’s later in the day, there are few better places to have an afternoon tea fit for royalty. While here, you can take advantage of the store’s special gifting area, and get your new Burberry purchases wrapped, or monogrammed.

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202 Westbourne Grove

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Westbourne Grove, just off the Portobello Road in Notting Hill, is one of London’s most stylish shopping streets. But great eating venues can be hard to find, especially in the daytime. At 202, you can shop and eat in the same place: it’s a swish boutique, with a bistro attached. Brunch is a speciality – try a classic, perhaps the eggs benedict.

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April’s cafe at Boutique 1

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This cafe opened just a few months ago, inside one of London’s slickest boutiques. Boutique 1 showcases collections from some of the world’s top houses. At April’s, which uses the best British ingredients, shoppers can take a breather, and watch the world go by from the al fresco dining space. Next time you’re shopping on Sloane Street, have a cocktail break here, you deserve it.

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Rose Bakery @ Dover Street Market

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This cult café, small but perfectly formed, sits atop Dover Street Market, a top designer store in Mayfair. Rose Carrarini and her husband opened the London branch of Rose Bakery a decade ago after successfully managing to sell fine British food to the Parisians. No mean feat. The menu is simple but thoughtful, and always fresh. Try the carrot cake.

For more of the best shopping and dining in London, see our destination guide.