The Onion Cafe, 1 Sicilian Avenue, WC1A 2QH (nr. Holborn tube / Bloomsbury Sq / British Museum)

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Small but with lots of seats – many outside on the pedestrian walkway – this little cafe is one of many on Sicilian Avenue. Sandwiches and salads are available and the staff are friendly and efficient.

Coffee *** (Lavazza, well made)
£1.90 (drink in is pricey, but you are 5 minutes from the British Museum)
Environment ***

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Caffe Vergnano, Staple Inn, 337-338 High Holborn, WC1AV 7PX (Chancery Lane tube)

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“The best espresso in London” says The Times, apparently.
Well, it certainly is one of the prettiest. Made in a massive, chrome Elektra machine and served on a platter with a  goccia of water and a small chocolate, it looks great.

There are lots of tables inside and out, and friendly staff. Good place.

Coffee **** (not my favourite, but very good)
£1.90
Environment ****