Imagine a cafe where you feel part of a family. Where the staff and chefs are genuinely friendly, happy at work, and real foodies, passionate about where their ingredients come from. Who give you free leftover croissants and home baked focaccia, and Square Mile coffee on the house. Well, guess what. This little heaven….exists. I KNOW.
And, there’s more. The food is, well, on another level. Run by the guys behind Elliot’s cafe on Borough Market, you can tuck into a selection of THE best breakfasts, lunches, and coffees in East London.
Take your pick from beautifully presented handmade jam donuts and cakes baked by their in-house pastry chef, the best granola and yoghurt around, oak smoked chicken, bacon, or BBQ Pork shoulder sandwiches (sourced from Ginger Pig) served on bread baked by their own baker and generously drenched in garlic aeoli, delicious veggy and gluten free dishes, and cheese from Neals yard. Yum. Ee. Sip on freshly juiced organic smoothies, and Square Mile coffee made to perfection by rather attractive baristas (seriously, all the staff here seem to be beautiful. In a well-travelled way).
If this still isn’t enough to whet your appetite, how about the fact that the cafe is in a beautiful glass dome, with an open kitchen, plenty of big long wooden tables inside and out, overlooking the Japanese Pagoda and fountain on the boating lake in stunning Victoria park?
It’s filled with a buzzy warm mixture of friends, couples, hipsters, professionals, locals, cyclists, mums, kids, and cute dogs (yay).
There are not many places in London my friends and I keep going back to (even if at first because of Sexy Coffee Boy 1). But this, is one of them. I LOVE Pavilion cafe.