From: Our London Correspondents Olesya Nova and Christopher Brown

Britain has been a tea-drinking nation for a few hundred years, but recently there’s been a bit of a coffee house explosion here. I can recommend two cafes right in the heart of London, just off Trafalgar Square. The first has great coffee and second offers lovely tea. Both also provide delicious and inexpensive food.

We often hear that Italians make the best coffee, and this particular Italian coffee shop on Chandos Place (recommended to me by an Italian), does not disappoint. Delitaly has great coffee, far nicer than the ubiquitous chains. They also sell hot chocolate, which Chris and I are both partial to, as well as yummy sandwiches and sweet things if you are hungry.


Around the corner is St Martin-in-the-Fields, situated at the top right corner of Trafalgar Square, it houses a local favourite, the Cafe in the Crypt. My mother regularly came here for lunch when she worked close by. I still remember my first time, the atmosphere both calming and busy. There are always lots of Londoners and a few tourists situated amongst the historic arches. They have afternoon tea and some good British food. The Bread and Butter Pudding and Apple Crumble are scrumptious!