If you don’t like children, turn away now. Bear and Wolf is the official NW5 HQ for parents with young kids, even providing a playroom in back, and you’re likely to have to negotiate a crowd of push chairs as you make your way to the main seating area. If that doesn’t faze you, the place has plenty going for it: good sandwiches, good baked stuff, and good coffee.
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Rustique is a ‘literary cafe’ with average food, but warmth and bookish vibes. Bring your moleskin and thickest glasses.
Patron Cave à Manger
The formula at Patron Cave a Manger in Kentish Town is simple. Take impeccable cheese and cured meats, and add great wine. It’s good for casual meets.
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Mayfair 1 is a tiny hole-in-the-wall spot making fresh falafel, halloumi, chicken, and lamb wraps.
Tongue & Brisket
Tongue and Brisket is a Soho spot serving big doorstop sandwiches filled with roast turkey, smoked salmon, and - if you’re doing it right - salt beef.
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