Originally a Protestant chapel, now a community centre, The Tab is a Notting Hill institution. You can join the locals and come here for exhibitions, for yoga or dance classes, or for a drink or a meal in the cafe/restaurant right at the front of the building. The food has a West Indian bent, but there are also burgers and breakfasts. This is not a place for a date: you’re eating in what’s essentially the foyer of a public building. But the local vibe, all ages and all races, makes The Tab a great place to hang.
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Don’t let the weather put you off – the ice cream here is really good, and it tastes just as good in the rain as it does in the sunshine.
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The best coffee in Borough (if not all of London), and their filter coffee is especially good.
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Farm Girl Cafe
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