Milk (m1lk)

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If your idea of a gentle awakening in the morning is a nice cup of tea listening to Chris Evans, you’d best go elsewhere, as you're more likely to hear deep house here – even at 9am.

The coffee also kicks – on offer over the summer of 2013 were beans from Workshop, and from Koppi in Sweden. The menu lists some interesting hot dishes, such as Kurdish baked eggs with chorizo, spinach, labneh and Turkish dried chilli; the menu changes regularly though.

The service is laid back, but that gives you time to admire the artful dodge of a distressed interior, and to puzzle over why their logo reads ‘M1lk’ – or how you would even pronounce that.


Venue name: Milk (m1lk)
Address: 20 Bedford Hill
SW12 9RG
Opening hours: Open 8am-5pm Mon-Sat; 9am-5pm Sun
Price: Breakfast for two: around £15

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:5
2 people listening

The coffee and food make this Balham local absolutely work the wait on weekends. Their Kurdish baked eggs are the best. For such a tiny kitchen they manage to pump out some amazing dishes. They don't take card so make sure you grab some cash from the cashpoint just down the road.


Been a couple of times and I love the quirkiness of the place.  Service is pretty average and I do find it annoying that you can't pay by credit card but overall we've enjoyed the food each time we've been.  I agree with it being somewhat overpriced.

Joy M

This bar is overrated - so loud you can't hear the waitress telling you their specialty, literally no space, average coffee, portions are ridiculous for the price and items that should be free are costly (2 pieces of toast GBP 2.50), they don't take orders at the table and you can't even pay with credit card... Definitely disappointed today.


I love M1lk, yes the service can be a bit slow but their food and coffee is just soo good! Expect to wait to get a table and then wait when you are in, but once you receive the food all will be forgotten!

Ian Freeman

Sit at your table for ages to be roundly ignored by the snippy staff at this ridiculously over-rated, noisy and phenomenally expensive, tatty caff with pretensions far above its station. Offhand service adds to the general aura of 'you're lucky we allow you in'. Dreadful...just dreadful.


Love this place. The food is fresh, different and delicious. It's almost impossible to get a table straight away on a weekend morning for breakfast/lunch which tells you how popular this place is. Service has always been incredibly polite, helpful and friendly in my opinion. Drinks are fantastic too. My only complaint is they play the music a touch too loud which makes it difficult for conversation with friends. But otherwise will keep going back!


My sister and I went in for a drink Sunday afternoon. First my hot chocolate arrived lukewarm, so I mentioned this to the waitress and asked for a hot version. I was told that I would have to wait until they had served up all the coffees that were now on order. Then my sister’s cappuccino arrived, again this was lukewarm at best and more like a very bland milky latte than a cappuccino. Again we mentioned this to the waitress and asked for a replacement. The person making the coffees then openly and rudely suggested to the waitress that we were complaining for no reason and seemed really annoyed. The waitress came over to inform us that they do not heat up the milk very hot as this has a negative effect on the coffee. She didn’t say but I assume this also is bad for the hot chocolate?! The whole experience left me far from impressed, firstly the unprofessional way this was handled by the server, secondly that we were made to wait until all other orders were complete before receiving a replacement and finally that they think serving lukewarm drinks is acceptable. Perhaps they should put a sign outside saying only lukewarm drinks served here? I will not be returning to Milk anytime soon.


Amazing little coffee shop, they actually know what they are doing when it comes to coffee! Amazing locally sourced organic food, not your typical boring meat and 2 veg or awful fry up. Bout time some places in London start serving up food that tastes good and IS good for you. Love M1LK!


Love love LOVE this place. I'd go there every weekend if I could afford to be so lavish. Great breakfasts - which such a small kitchen they keep it simple but what they do they do brilliantly - and superb coffee, cakes and smoothies to boot. My only issue is the queuing for a table, but I can see why people do queue up every weekend, and it still doesn't seem to stop me from joining the tail end...


Love the food here, even though it is a bit limited and the staff are lovely but also a wee bit slow. Biggest down point for me though is the lack of baby changing facility.. hello people we are in nappy valley! get with it! Although we did get free tea so that was a plus ;-)


Shame - nice looking place but 5 staff 'serving' and just 2 chefs meaning breakfast took 40mins. Odd set up as you have to queue to order and pay in advance at a very cramped cashdesk where people are also queuing to get in. Couple next to us left after complaining and as they'd paid alreayd they werent even offered a refund so left disgruntled. Not sure why there needs to be 3 behind the counter (1 making irritating and deafening noise to brew the coffee) and 2 'floating' - all the the 2 do is show you a table, give you a menu and eventually your food. The issue is a very very small kitchen and just 2 chefs who , because you can watch them, were PAINFULLY slow. Won't be returning sadly.