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Highness Café and Tea Room

Anne Faber
Highbury

Your highnesses of Highbury, cake and tea are served. The stretch between Highbury & Islington and Arsenal - what estate agents call ‘Highbury Barn’ – now has its first proper cake shop. Highness Café opened at the end of December, and has been luring in passers-by with its window display of charming cakes.

The daily-changing selection includes classics such as carrot cake or coffee and walnut cake, as well as more unusual confections including chocolate mousse tarts and gluten-free orange cake. And it doesn’t just look pretty: a slice of Victoria sponge cake, served on vintage china and decorated with rose petals, was buttery, moist and bursting with strawberry jam and cream.

If your highness hasn’t got a sweet tooth, there are also savoury options including jacket potatoes and sandwiches. On our visit the café was brimming with young families on the ground floor, while the first floor was more serene - with students hunched over their laptops, typing away to a background of jazzy sounds, unfazed by the distant wails of the toddlers below.

Venue name: Highness Café and Tea Room
Contact:
Address: 21a Highbury Park
London
N5 1QJ
Opening hours: Open 8.30am-6.30pm Mon; 8am-6.30pm Tue-Fri; 9am-6.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Bus 4, 19 or 236
Price: Cake for two with drinks and service: around £10

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Joe

Couldn't believe TimeOut has given this this Cafe only 3 stars. I work nearby this cafe and use it frequently for lunch. The food, coffee and cake it top notch as is the friendly service.

Lucy

This deserves far more than the 3 stars Time Out has given - the cakes here are superb and service is always with a smile. What I really like about the cakes at Highness is that they are not overly sweet in the American style that has sadly become all too common in London. A hidden gem!

Iqbal

I'm not sure why Time Out have given this fantastic little place with its friendly staff just 3 stars? We've had consistently delicious cakes here, often with inventive flavours (one last week was orange, banana and cranberry) and served with delicious pots of tea, and all reasonably priced considering the home made and fresh nature of the cakes. This is much better than Time Out's No. 1 Tea Shop (The Haberdashery, in Crouch End), which is over-priced, crowded to a degree of unpleasantness and with cakes that are not a patch on the Highness.

Jo

Very friendly staff and lovely cakes and sandwiches. I had a tea party for my birthday and it was a very relaxed and happy afternoon. I have also been back alone and have sat for ages with my laptop undisturbed and unhurried.

mat

Really nice coffee and food. Good for lunch or just a quick coffee. Really nice staff. The appearance from the outside is slightly deceiving (it looks a bit like a Granny's Tea Room) but the atmosphere is much warmer than that. I come here to work often and can sit for hours with my laptop quite happily.

Kath

Excellent place, go a lot to sit in and for take away food! Amazing salads! , come on time out, up your rating!!

Gus

This has become one of my favourite places in London. Friendly atmosphere, good taste for music and absolutely gorgeous cakes. Give it a try, I promise you won't be disappointed.

Arti

A great atmosphere, family friendly & of course amazing cakes!!! Highly recommended!!

Dalila

These timeout chaps, they are never happy in their ratings. Finally a great place in a stretch of Highbury that never had a nice place like this. Welcome to the area and keep up as I and friend of mine love your place!

Riz

Great cakes and coffee. Would recommend anyone to give this great shop a visit.