Bertie & Boo

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Bertie & Boo
Guy Dimond

While it's not the coffee aficionado's choice, this independently-owned neighbourhood café is nonetheless hugely popular with locals. Not only does it have an overtly child-friendly policy (its second site, just down the road at 205 Balham High Road SW17 7BQ, is called 'Bertie and Boo's Adventure Island' and incorporates an enormous soft play area), but it benefits from a well-placed corner site and alfresco seating, which on sunny days affords great people-watching. There's a large selection of cakes, brownies and cookies - these are bought-in, and often slightly too sweet, but none of its devotees are complaining. 


Venue name: Bertie & Boo
Address: 162 Balham High Rd
SW12 9BW
Opening hours: Open 8am-6.30pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:8
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Bertie & Boo is a great independent coffee shop in Balham, the cakes aren't the best (I've found them to be on the dry side) but they have a lovely outdoor terrace which is great for people-watching in the summer along the high street. It's very family friendly for those with children and while I haven't tried their food myself, I've been with friends who have enjoyed their brunch menu. Overall, there's a nice community vibe to the place and it's a cozy alternative to the coffee chains in the area which lack the quirky character of Bertie & Boo.


Very quirky little coffee bar, it's old school and the baristas wear bow ties and waistcoats. The cakes were not great, a bit dry and that's probably because they're left open on the counter. Good coffee and a perfect setting in the heart of Balham.

Great place to stop for a quick coffee when the other local Balham coffee shops have endless lines! It's very family friendly so expect a fair bit of noise, but the coffee is pretty good and the brunch menu looks great (although I haven't tried it). Nice outdoor seating area for when the weather is good.

Great local coffee shop. Very family friendly and lovely atmosphere. Their other branches (Adventure playground and on Nothcote Road) are also great and have safe play areas for children.

My only point would be that they should refresh their menus more frequent and introduce some daily offers.

The perfect local coffee shop. Friendly staff, great cakes and snacks, buzzy atmosphere, and good coffee. A Saturday staple.

My son loves B&B (the one with the play area) and its an added bonus that they have great coffee and pastries


One of my favourite coffee places in London and I don't even drink coffee. :)

It's tiny but its decoration makes you feel at home.

I can comment on the coffee but the hot chocolate, homemade cakes and muffins are pretty good.

Also a perfect place to go on a date. ;-)

Totally agree with all the other main reviews. Just had breakfast and it was one of the nicest experiences I've had in ages. It's so cute and the service certainly went above and beyond. Definitely worth a visit.

After being an on and off regular for nearly five years, today is the last time i will go to Bertie and Boo's. It's not the first time this has happened - we made an order. The drinks part of the order was served, hot sandwiches never appeared. After finishing drinks we asked about the sandwiches. Turns out they forgot them. How this can happen when there's at least four people behind a small counter with not a great deal of people ordering, i will never understand. Gave us a refund (in loose change) for just the sandwiches. Terrible customer service. In this day and age if the small independants want to compete with the big chains they really need to train / hire staff with good customer service skills. Bye bye Bertie and Boo.

This is a wonderful little place with appeal for young families and discerning young pros. It has a great outdoor space and a friendly buzzing atmosphere, particularly at weekends. The food is excellent as cafe food, with the simple yet sophisticated children's menus that I'd love to eat myself! The coffee is good also. I can't believe Time Out gave it just two stars - that only serves to undermine my confidence in Time Out!

Lovely little place, feels a real part of the community too. The coffee is worth fighting the yummy mummies over for!

Lovely little cafe on the corner of Balham High Street. Great for mums like me and the coffee & cakes are to die for! xxx