180 Portobello Road, London, W11 2EB (020 7221 8137/ www.coffee.uk.com). Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill tube.
Coffee Plant have their own range of own-roasted beans and does a busy trade, particularly on market days where caffeine fiends pile in for the daily cup. It's not a fancy place, nor does it conform to the Antipodean aesthetic popularised in many new coffee shops – after all, it's been around for a while, doing its own thing.
A hip and sophisticated Notting Hill crowd turns up in droves to this farm shop-cum-brasserie. The newest branch offers a choice of rooms to dine in, from the sunny ground floor café to the downstairs raw bar. At the former, you can have coffee and pastries while people watching from the large front windows.
William and Suzue Curley's chocolatier and café is a peaceful spot to sip hot chocolate and indulge in their signature desserts or pastries. Their Belgravia branch is larger and also has a dessert bar.