Friday 09 September, 2011

Foxcroft & Ginger – Soho


Foxcroft & Ginger is a pretty good cafe for Central London, which I try to avoid specially on weekends due to the mobs. I was there on Saturday though, I’d arranged to meet Mazzi and Lottie at Rays Jazz Cafe in Foyles bookshop. I got there early and because it was mobbed thought I’d hang around for a bit and try and get a table. Fifteen minutes passed and I was still waiting, hovering next to a table with a group of people trying to ignore me. I thought I would try and get a table somewhere else in the end. First I tried Valerie’s Patisserie, queue out the door, Maison Bertaux, queue out the door, Curzon Cinema Cafe, queue out the door, it was hopeless, it was also raining. Foxcroft & Ginger would have been my first choice but I knew there would be no way in hell I’d get a table, it’s popular at the best of times. I figured I would give it a try though, and lucky me, some people got up just as I arrived. So I threw all my stuff down, bag, multiple layers of coats and cardigans to stake my claim on the spot, leaving it all there unattended to rush off and get a coffee so I wouldn’t get disapproving looks from people hovering with plates of cake and cups of tea. I hate it when people save seats having not bought any food yet. Despite being quite expensive, which I’ll forgive because it must cost the earth renting a space on Berwick street, Foxcroft & Ginger is great and has a very independent look to it and certainly has more of a Shoreditch feel than a Soho one (although they do have a small branch in Boxpark). Most cafes in and around central London have either been around forever so feel a bit dated and not in a good way or they cater to throngs of people day in day out so lack any charm and the staff are therefore pretty unfriendly. Foxcroft & Ginger has good pastries, cakes and sandwiches and nice friendly staff that look like art students, all good really.

Foxcroft & Ginger, 3 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR
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