Ginger & White

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Belsize Park
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)

The original G&W is in Hampstead. This branch, not far down the hill, occupies a nice corner space in Belsize Park. The mini chain has many adherents, and by and large their enthusiasm is justified, but a few caveats apply at this venue. First, it’s a hangout for mothers of young children, and the pram-pressure factor (and occasional noise) will not match everyone’s idea of a good time.

Second, the food was fine on our trip, but lacked finesse in preparation and seasoning. Third, coffee service was careless. Excellent Square Mile espresso beans were let down by being brewed in a cold cup; the coffee arrived tepid. These factors were not nearly enough to ruin our visit, spent in the pocket-sized upstairs balcony overlooking the larger ground-floor space. (We might have grabbed the big table downstairs if Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter hadn’t been sitting there, gabbing with a couple of mates.)



Venue name: Ginger & White
Address: 2 England's Lane
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-5.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Belsize Park or Chalk Farm
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:1
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A really pleasant coffee house with delicious hot drinks, brunch food, pastries and sandwiches. The prices aren't cheap, but the atmosphere is great--it's definitely the place to be seen for Belsize Park hipsters, including writers. The staff really want you to enjoy your food and treat the place as your home away from home. A real bonus is that you can linger without feeling pressured to leave. 

Wonderful brunch menu with consistent food and great baked goods, great coffee, free papers, lovely staff. Food is fresh and simple yet inventive.

In a picturesque narrow pedestrian road in the heart of the village. Has great atmosphere and outdoor seating. They have limited menu due to their license, but still delicious selection.


Fabulous weekend brunch spot in Belsize Park. Nice vibe, great coffee, delicious homemade peanut butter. A fabulous spot to while away a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. The homemade beans are to die for!


Ginger & White is always bustling on a weekend, with families and groups of friends fighting for an outside seat (before we lose the last of the years sun). Last weekend I was lucky enough to finally get an outside table and the wait was worth it. The staff were friendly if not a little rushed off their feet, and the coffee was brilliant. Myself and a friend shared the French toast with pecans and fresh figs, as well as the sourdough toast with chorizo, avocado and haricot beans. I will definitely be back!

This place deserves a re-review, in the last few months there changed their chef as well as their baker. Went to the belsize branch and they had a vegan pear and earl grey chocolate cake that was to die for! A dark horse I say in the London coffee scene..

Sat outside for tea with my family last Saturday afternoon. Nice food, lovely coffee but what I can only describe as 'dis-interested' service. Whether or not they save it for the customers sitting outside I will never know. The second coffee we ordered never arrived - neither did the bill. I went inside to pay much to the surprise of the guy serving us until the penny finally dropped why I was there!

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