Venue Details & Map
London Review Bookshop
14-16 Bury PlaceHolbornLondonWC1A 2JL
- +44 (0)20 7269 9030
- Public transport:
- Holborn, Underground
I was browsing this place's Yelp pictures one night and decided pretty quickly that I needed to stop by - which I did the very next afternoon. The entrance to the cafe area is a bit awkward, partially because you need to enter through the bookshop and partially because there's really no waiting area. I literally found myself smack in the middle of the cafe once I passed the doorway.
This review is for the cafe. I was desperate for a good slice of cake and cup of tea whilst in London (you can't get good cake in DC, where I live), and this place hit the spot in the sweetest of ways. I enjoyed a smooth, flavorful cup of black vanilla tea with a slice of Guinness chocolate cake that paired the bitterness of beer with the tanginess of a buttercream frosting. The cake was...more
Cafes inside book shops aren't any special occurrence. In my hometown there's pretty much a Starbucks in every single one. But this is not your run-of-the-mill average cafe.
My boyfriend is an English student so he loves going to all the different book shops around the city. I often accompany him because I enjoy reading as well. For the London Review Bookshop though, I did not come for the...more
Hving read Andrew M's review, I think that I can see a pattern. I too was lured here on the promise of London's best carrot cake and like him, I was to be disappointed when we arrived as they had run out of said cake. It must be good!
My friend Sharon brought me here and she is an avid reader. If you love interesting books, this is a treasure trove with books covering a whole multitude of...more
I am become devourer of tea cakes. Books. Tea. Cookies. I was by turns entertained by their large Literary Criticism section in the basement, watered by their several tea types (the menu is sheaves of paper containing tea types, sheaves).
The tables are a little cramped, though. Be ready to make friends with your dining companions.more