Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - London Café Culture -

The café cul­ture study, by Hamp­tons In­ter­na­tional, finds King’s Cross comes out top, with a 43 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of cof­fee shops since 2013, when this re­gen­er­a­tion zone was still in its in­fancy.

Beyond King’s Cross, the trend is at its height in south-east Lon­don. Sy­den­ham, Herne Hill and Lewisham have all seen the num­ber of cof­fee shops in­crease by about a third in three years, and most are in­de­pen­dents rather than soul­less chains. Th­ese ar­eas are also no­table for the dom­i­nance of in­de­pen­dent shops of all kinds. Three quar­ters of shops in Herne Hill — and all its cof­fee shops, new and old — are in­de­pen­dent, and its ap­peal is boosted by great trans-

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