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The good Samaritans of the caffeine scene, London’s community and charity cafés are serving tea, coffee and hearty meals to make the city better. You might imagine an abundance of leaflets, donation boxes, raffles and bunting, but their most common denominator is good, old-fashioned charm, that makes volunteers and customers feel equally at home in them.
Some support people with specific needs, such as recovered addicts or ex-offenders; many aim to make their local community more ethical, more employable, or just more friendly; hardly any of them are run by the sort of people who buy shoes made of vegetable fibres. Here's a list of cafés and restaurants who will do some good with your dinner money.