Coffee, culture and cake go hand in hand.  For me, no cultural jaunt is complete without a visit to a café.  London has many museums and even more coffee shops.  Sometimes the coffee cups are every bit as photogenic as the exhibition that I’m on my way to see.Culture Coffee Cake

Finding my way to the Museum of London is always an odyssey.  No matter which station I get off at the walk is always circuitous.  One glimpse at the red coffee pots through the windows of Workshop Coffee on Holborn Viaduct was enough to lure me inside, good coffee inside those pots too.

Culture Coffee Cake

Visitors to Kensington Palace exit not only through the gift shop but also the cafe.  Walk away from the queues and head a couple of hundred metres across the gardens where you will find the Orangery.  Here the tables are set with bone china cups and the sun streams through the huge windows.  In the afternoons you can opt for full afternoon tea experience.  Perfect after queuing to see Diana: Her Fashion Story.

Culture Coffee Cake

Sometimes it is tea that I fancy.  A short walk from the Wallace Collection isComptoir Libanais that serves rose mint tea, which tastes just like liquid rose Turkish delight.  I concede that might not be everyone’s taste but I love it!


It was the cake that caught my eye.  Obviously the raspberries would be part of my five a day.  Gazing at the treasures in the British Museum is hungry work,  the glittery splendors on show in the Waddesdon Bequest deserve a jewelled cake.  Syrup of Soot is on Museum Street and (as the road name implies) very handy for the British Museum.

Strange that I take pictures of my cups and even stranger that I am almost always not the only one in the café doing so!  Do you feel compelled to whip out your camera and snap away at your hot beverages?

Do you have favourite cafés near museums and art galleries?

Coffee Culture

Wander Mum
Untold Morsels


  1. March 12, 2017 / 1:12 am

    I am a bit of a coffee and coffee cup snob! I do like a china cup or if it is pot not too thick. Looks like you have been tasting some of the best.

  2. March 12, 2017 / 1:14 am

    You really have taken a wonderful mixture of teas this week – they all look great in their own right.

  3. March 12, 2017 / 1:31 am

    Looks lovely. Whenever we’re out and about, a visit to a coffee shop is taken as a given.

  4. March 12, 2017 / 7:28 am

    That bone china cup is just beautiful and I think it really adds to the experiences and would make me want to go back for more!

  5. March 12, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Hi Catherine, I think someone has a thing for cafes? Gone are the days of stainless steel pots and jugs. I do like the top photo, the pot is a lovely colour and interesting design and t as for the milk ‘jug’? Very simple and practical….. The cake at the Comptoir Libanais would have caught my eye too, and I’m pretty sure a raspberry does count as one of your five a day.


  6. March 12, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Where ever we visit somewhere we had to find a local cafe for a cup of tea and cake.

    Thank you for linking up

  7. March 12, 2017 / 9:32 am

    It looks like you’ve had a most enjoyable week! Love all the different cups. I would have been photographing them too. What do your friends make of it? Mine look a bit bemused sometimes.

  8. March 12, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Love that red coffee pot and the mini milk jug. The rose mint tea sounds delicious. So nice when coffee and tea are served with pretty pots and cups 🙂

  9. March 12, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I don’t drink coffee, but I always take photos when I’m out for a hot chocolate/cake. As you say, they can be so pretty nowadays

  10. March 12, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    ooh all that coffee and cake, sounds like a fab week x

  11. Mum in Brum
    March 12, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I definitely feel compelled to take snaps of my coffee too – think it’s a blogger thing! Love that red teapot x

  12. May 9, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I had a very early morning today and would gladly take one of each of those. Thanks for sharing. #citytripping

    • Catherine
      May 9, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Just fetching you a coffee in the fancy bone china cup to make up for the early start

  13. May 9, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Too busy drinking mine usually – it’s gone before my photo brain catches up. Mind you, not sure that many of my cups live up to the ones in these pix. Great photos!

    • Catherine
      May 9, 2017 / 9:08 am

      Most of mine are of the ribbed brown cardboard variety as well!

  14. May 9, 2017 / 10:36 am

    lovely places #citytripping

  15. May 9, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Oh yes, I definitely like to take pictures of my mugs and teacups – I have a bit of a shamefully large collection of mugs and teacups, so I’m always admiring then everywhere I stop for a cuppa. 🙂

    • Catherine
      May 9, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      I find that cups breed in my my cupboards!

  16. Wherejogoes
    May 9, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I have to say I wouldn’t normally photograph a cuppa but I’m with you all the way that a day out isn’t complete without a cafe stop! I’ve heard the afternoon tea at Kensington Palace is good too but not tried it yet! #CityTripping

  17. May 9, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I’ve recently become quite obsessed with coffee and cake culture after falling in love with the cafes in Vienna! I even wrote a post about them! I’ve heard of these two and would love to check them out as well as the massive list I have for other coffee and afternoon tea places! #CityTripping

    • Catherine
      May 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Budapest and Bratislava have good cafes too, you could do a themed river tour!

      • May 9, 2017 / 8:29 pm

        Oh yes I know all about some amazing ones in Budapest, but we’re headed to Bratislava soon so I better look into that!!

        • Catherine
          May 9, 2017 / 8:40 pm

          The Schokocafe Maximilian Delikateso on Hlavné námestie had very good chocolate icecream

  18. May 10, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I don’t drink coffee but I love a good piece of cake!

  19. October 12, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    We are big coffee drinkers in our house, and no matter where we are headed we always have to stop for a coffee, even if we are on our way to a brunch or some such place that will be sure to have coffee on hand, my husband insists we stop! Tea is delicious too! #farawayfiles

    • Catherine
      October 12, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Just sitting and people watching is great

  20. October 12, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    That tart looks divine. It def is one of your five a day

    • Catherine
      October 12, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      It was lovely, do you think that five would be excessive to ensure the quota is met?

  21. Clare Thomson
    October 12, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Fabulous idea for a post, Catherine! Coffee, cake and culture are some of my favourite things and of course you have to do them all together! I just LOVE that coffee cup by the way. The Orangery is so much nicer than the cafe at Kensington Palace and I like the sound of your other choices too. Lovely share for #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      October 12, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Enough material for a book let alone a post!

  22. October 14, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Oh yes, coffee and cake is an essential part of all exhibition visiting. The orangery at Kensington palaceis lovely and I will go to the V&A just to sit in the beautiful cafe, or outside in the summer! #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      October 14, 2017 / 12:33 am

      The V&A always frets me on the Cafe front: courtyard and sunshine or cafe and pre-raphaelite wonderfulness or friends room and exclusivity? Usually opt for pre-raphaelites

  23. October 14, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Sooooo many reasons why we get along so well. This is my perfect day out- I particularly like the Wallace Collection. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      October 14, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      I would like to live in rhe Wallace Collection when I grow up

  24. January 7, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Fab post! Just catching up, so Happy New Year!

    I’m glad I’m not the only one. I have to have coffee and cake when I’m out gallivanting and I like taking photos of our coffee cups too. This earnt me a puzzled look from the man on reception at the Tri Yoga cafe in Camden, but it was such a good photo.

    Now that I live in Glasgow I’ve discovered a great place called House for an Art Lover. Beautiful Art Nouveau style building in wonderful grounds with a cafe. I’ve already asked my partner to take me there for my birthday in early April when the flowers will be out.

    • Catherine
      January 7, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Not been to Glasgow for years but will make a beeline for the House for an Art Lover when I next visit!

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