Everyone loves a good bagel so look out for the Beigel Bake, a small place with a fantastic sense of tradition and in the perfect place on iconic Brick Lane. This place is great for your quick bagel fix after a late night out, a quick lunch or just a snack on a student budget. It is open 24/7, and for a smoked salmon cream cheese bagel, it is just £1.60. There aren’t many choices available, but they cover most of the classic fillings, like herring, cheese and egg. The bagel itself was chewy and fluffy at the same time just as a great bagel should be. To be honest, I thought it was better that way, more traditional. The bread choices are also basic, but the bagel is great quality, especially for the price. All in all, visit this place, it is well worth it.
£3.20 (2 people)
159 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB
Beigel Bake: Menu
Having previously heard of this great study space on Old Street, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a second branch in Seven Dials. Walking in, it is your typical café set-up, with seats by the bar window, facing passing pedestrians. In the basement is a comfortable lounge environment – an eclectic mix of chairs and couches as well as tables, some lower in height and tinier in size tha n others. When I dropped by on a Tuesday afternoon for a cup of matcha latte and to revise for an upcoming French exam, I found it a relaxing work environment, given that other people were on their laptops too.
Food and beverages are served on trays made up of wooden planks. Whilst I cannot say that I think much about their coffee, I really liked their relatively healthy selection of sandwiches and baked goods, which included beetroot sandwiches and slices of zucchini cakes. There was also the intriguing goat’s cheese popcorn, which I initially found to be a tad pricey for popcorn (3GBP for a tiny cup of it) but eventually gave in to my curiosity. It was good.
£30 (2 persons)
61-67 Old Street, EC1V 9HW