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London Particular

Restaurants, Global New Cross
4 out of 5 stars
(27user reviews)
© Tricia de Courcy Ling London Particular

Time Out says

Please note, London Particular's café space has closed, but the restaurant is still operating and serving a smaller menu in its next-door bar, LP Bar. Time Out Food editors, March 2019. 

Food, described as ‘classic English with a modern twist’, is treated with respect at this tiny café just by New Cross station. Particular by name, particular by nature, founder and head chef Becky Davey and her team source seasonal ingredients from small-scale producers, then prepare them freshly on the premises.

Lunch shows vegetarian leanings – soft, tasty sweet potato and leek cakes served with halloumi, a salad and a beetroot dip, for example – while light suppers are meatier (rabbit rillette, harissa sticky pork ribs), but if you are the kind of person who encounters a vegetarian dish and thinks ‘this is delicious but it would be even better with bacon’ then you can add that too for an extra pound. Commitment to independent operators continues through to the wines (mainly organic or biodynamic) and beers (from Kernel and Cheddar Ales breweries).

Help yourself to a jug of water with mint, or order the refreshing Deptford elderflower with soda, but before you leave, go for the velvety punch of an HR Higgins coffee (iced, affogato or just flat white) to set you up for the rest of the day. Cash only.



Address: 399 New Cross Road
SE14 6LA
Transport: Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate rail or bus 136, 171
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4 out of 5 stars

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A very cute coffee shop in New Cross. Although I only had a hot drink- delicious Mexican hot chocolate, their food menu liked great! Options for everyone. I look forward to going back to try their menu. It's a tad small on the inside but would be great for a sunny weekend chill as they have outside seating. Best to go before midday and it seemed to fill up after that.

The best brunch place I've tried in the South East so far! 

Their full English, especially the vegetarian option with halloumi is a must. They also offer very good coffee and nice juices. The decoration is funny, with recuperation plane furniture, and the staff is always very welcoming and smiling. Sometimes the wait is a bit long, but it's worth it. Perfect to start a weekend day before jumping in the overground (New Cross Station is just round the corner) and heading to town. 


A trendy cafe near New Cross station, boasting great coffee and service with a smile.  Uniquely decorated London Particular is the definition of ‘quirky’.  Don’t expect fast service this cafe with pavement hugging tables sets itself up for leisurely people watching on a sunny afternoon. 

We've been going here for years and love it. The hospitality is always so welcoming and the food delicious and beautifully considered particularly in the evening. Oh and there's cocktails...

A delightful little hidden gem. Check it out ASAP!


I stumbled upon this place last Saturday while out and about. It's quite tiny with an open kitchen and small counter space. That being said, the staff was super friendly and I chatted with one waiter/kitchen staff member about NY while I waited for my takeaway sammy and side salad. It took a while for the meal, which I would usually be annoyed at, but considering there's only one woman doing all the cooking, I was more forgiving. I got the beetroot hummus, olive tapenade, cashel blue and watercress on sourdough (all warmed in the oven) with a nice-sized portion of grilled veggies including squash in a separate box. Fantastic sammy flavours: savoury and salty, with the cheese adding to the rich creamy texture. The side was a bit oily but still yummy.

And oh yeah, the chocolate truffle is AMAZING. A small slice of soft, rich dark chocolate biscuit-like dessert that bit off into smooth crumbles. 

I wish this place was closer to home!

I really miss some of the old staff (and their awesome music taste), but the food and coffee here is good. Portions noticeably stingier at weekends though, which then make it seem not as good value.

simple but beautifully cooked meals and great local feel about the café! Martyn.

Incredible food from an ever changing menu, served by lovely staff. What more could you want?


One of the best brunches I have eaten in London. Eggs perfectly baked with feta, sausage and spinach set me up nicely for the day. Friendly staff and a quirky back room styled as an aeroplane make this worth a visit. 


This is my second visit to London Particular and it disappointing than the last. The coffee, while strong, does not taste that great. My real gripe with this place though is that it is far overpriced, especially because the portions are so tiny. The bacon and halloumi sandwich tasted good, but the size is a joke: a single slice of bacon, a single slice of halloumi and half a tomato? Please. I actually considered buying myself a second lunch when I left. One barista was friendly but the other staff members were as gloomy as London's weather. 

It's unlikely that I'll come back for a third visit. 

A short walk from Greenwich South and a MUST try for all locals in the South East London area - I loved the coffee and found the food to be really delicious. Service was a little slow but added to the charm of the place I thought - server could have been slightly more friendly but she was quite busy! A mixed crowd of locals students, yummy mummys older gents and everything in between, makes for a good atmosphere which is essential for this sharing table / casual vibe / trendy place. Introducing a student special would be a great idea to attract new foot traffic - I know this place is pretty busy already but with Goldsmiths on the door step could stretch your trade further! Attention to detail with new customers (not just the ole faithfuls) will see this place continue to grow on to bigger premises!

Great food made by great peeps! Big up this cafe for doing what we all want! I live in Shoreditch but seems to be drawn down south of the river to TLP way too oftern! Well worth a trip across town to eat at this banging joint!

Look, I really really wanted to like this place. As I coffee lover I find going to University in New Cross a bit of a challenge and I was overjoyed when I discovered London Particular. On my first few visits I found the coffee okay, not great but it would do when compared to the watery 80p coffee found at other New Cross establishments. I liked the food, but found it expensive. I work in a small cafe in Hackney that does similar food and is much more reasonably priced. Similarly, I find paying £2.40 for a coffee made with beans from H.R Higgins ridiculous when you can get a great coffee in East London for £2.20 made with much better beans such as Square Mile and Climpson and Sons. £2.40 is how much Prufrock on Leather Lane charges for a flat white! Where the coffee, the service and the beans are impeccable, not to mention the rent higher. What really gets me about this place though, is that every single time I've walked in there, without fail I've been ignored by the staff. I get that they're busy cooking away and making coffees, I get it because I do it too. However, I am blatantly stared in the face and ignored. A small acknowledgement from the staff would be comforting - an 'I know you're there and I'll be with you soon'. But nothing. I've gotten sick of waiting 20 minutes for a sub standard, over-priced coffee from rude staff. I'll take the 80p watery coffee instead, and get a good coffee when I'm back East.

Wonderful breakfast in a slightly alternative style. Marinated Mixed mushrooms were so sweet and sour at the same time, which went well with the streaky bacon. Really light and fluffy Brioche too, washed down with the perfect cup coffee. Really like the vibe and inside of the cafe. Half expected Withnail to walk in and entertain the diners. i'm changing my score to 5. The perfect distraction from the daily routine

Frittata and brioche pizza very tastry and fresh. Salads untried but also looked good. Very friendly.

Have been 3 times as I live really close by and I'm afraid to say I won't be back again. The food is good but a bit overpriced - my main issue with the place is the long wait I have had everytime I've gone. Waiting 20 mins for 2 coffees is a bit much - one came out before the other and the waitress didn't apologise or say the other coffee was on it's way. Coffees were luke warm and we'd long finished them by the time our food arrived. The bill came to £19 for 2 coffees and two breakfasts. Even after asking when the food might arrive they looked blankly at me as if this was a strange request! The excuse was that they were really busy but it really wansn't and they should really be prepared for customers on a Sat morning. I was on the verge of just walking out. I really wanted the place to be good as there is not a whole lot of cafes like this on offer in New Cross, but I just can't justify the poor service and over priced food to give it a forth go. if they had offered the coffees on the hse or some gesture to acknowledge how long we had to wait then maybe I would consider going back. Makes me sad as I really did want to like it there!

Best food ever, seriously! It's a really tiny place so might be hard to find a seat...

Love the coffee, beautifully blended, excellently prepared, perfect temp! Top quality food, eaten there lots, my favourite being the bad veggie sandwich!! Oh so yummy!! Hard sometimes to get a seat, but worth waiting for, indulge in a chilli chocolate cake with gnash while you wait! Keep up the good work!

You should serve take away coffee as soon as staff are on the premises. Serving coffee makes you money in-between putting out tables and chairs.... Stop being so particular.

Always drop by on my way to the Goldsmiths library. Nice coffee. But food a bit pricey for students

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