The English weather had turned. Yesterday's Springtime sunshine had turned to gloomy, grey skies, a drizzling mist, and a cold bite in the morning air. But you still gotta eat, right? So it was we found ourselves, rugged up in rain jackets and armed with umbrellas, wandering the streets of Victoria Park Village in London's East End, before stumbling into Loafing.
I was instantly charmed. Loafing's shabby chic decor, the patterned china crockery, the fresh bread and pastries and, most of all, the cosy, dry interior. (Other seating options include a courtyard, and tables set up out the front, but it was hardly the day for it.) We ordered, selected a row of seats in front of the window, and waited for breakfast to arrive.
Shabby chic decor adds to the charm. Author image.
The muesli I'd ordered was loaded with fresh fruit, and the coffee had rich caramel undertones. Other breakfast items, including croissants and fruit toast, also scored top points. Visiting for lunch or morning tea instead? You'll find pastries, sandwiches and savouries alongside a selection of brownies and cakes (including a most sublime sponge).
Loafing might be off the tourist map, but is well worth a visit. You're likely to find a stroll of the nearby shops rewarding too.