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London: a look into the three travel cafés of London Waterloo

April 23, 2017

I can’t be the only one who has a slight obsession with frequenting cafés.

When I travel or live in a place I tend to visit them often. Because coffee, tea, cakes, seeing people of the local area, chatting, creating, brainstorming and all that good stuff. And just generally, I find anyway, that there’s always a magic in the air.

Recently, I’ve been working from my laptop more and exploring the cafés of London’s Waterloo. There are a lot of cafés here. But more specifically, I found three travel themed cafés. For a café or travel lover, this is worth a wander to whilst in London; plus all are suitable for remote working with good wifi.

The Travel Café

“A cafe for travelers to stay and get inspiration”


The Travel Café is a minimalist cafe with lots of light. Fluffy and light croissants, cute travel postcards for sale, interesting books about London. It’s a wholly pleasant and calming place. It is not a noisy setting, and ideal for remote working; less so a lively catch up. The Barista told me that they typically offer savoury options during the week, but not on Saturday as they close at 2pm! I’ve forgiven them for this as I find myself still dreaming of that croissant.


Opening times: Monday to Friday= 8am–4pm; Saturday= 11am-14; Sunday= closed

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Travelling Through bookstore and café

“A modern fusion of independent bookshop, cafe, culture hub and art space”


Picture from the Travelling Through website

Travelling Through is a incredibly comfy and charming bookstore. When you walk in upstairs, you see a room full of well organised travel books from all over the world, ranging from travel guides to country-inspired reads. In the front of the room the books are new, in the back they are second hand. All of these are maned by one member of staff, a lady, who was incredibly helpful in tracking me down a guide to Bali for an upcoming trip. Downstairs is a café equipped with all the usual servings and comfortable seating.


Opening times: Monday to Friday= 9.30am–6.30pm; Saturday= 11am-6pm; Sunday= closed

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Four Corners Café

“A place for your dreams, schemes and daydreams.”


I’ve spoken about Four Corners Café before on the blog. But thought it wouldn’t be fair to leave it our of this round up. Four Corners is essentially café with a small but respectable travel library, and lots of travel inspired decor that makes travel lovers truly feel at home. It’s equipped with the usual pastries and hot drink selections, but also offers some tasty bagel options: like avocado and feta. This is a good places to come for a chatter, and to devise travel places as it offers a constant hum. If you are somewhat of a travel guide collector you are in luck, you can donate your travel guide in exchange for a free coffee.

four corners cafe

Opening times: Monday to Friday= 7:30am–6:30pm; Saturday= 9am-5pm; Sunday= closed

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  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    ah these cafes look so awesome! I wish I could come meet you in one!

    • Reply
      Wading Wade
      April 24, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Aw that would be so lovely! At the rate we all move around that might just happen 🙂

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    April 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I love this idea for a post. I love cafes, too but I’ve never been to a travel-themed cafe before. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wading Wade
      April 27, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad to hear it as I wasn’t sure it if was a random thing to write about! I hope you make it to one, one day, it’s only right if you love both 🙂

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    Laura @ One More Step Travel
    April 29, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Ahhhh you just found my idea of heaven! Might have to train it over to London soon to visit all three of these…

    • Reply
      Wading Wade
      April 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Haha do it lovely. So glad to see there are many that get the same delight that I do 🙂

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    April 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I LOVE this idea! These cafes sound perfect for me, they look like the best place to curl up and plan your next trip over a coffee! Great post!

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    April 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

    These cafés look amazing!! I wanna visit all of them. Like, ASAP. There’s really nothing I love more than traveling, reading and drinking coffee…

    • Reply
      Wading Wade
      April 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Aw perfect! I’m the same! I wish I had a café guide like this for when I visit a new place.

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    California Globetrotter
    April 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

    LOVEEE the idea of a travel themed cafe to inspire traveling!! Pinning this for sure! #Blogpostsaturday

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    April 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I absolutely love a good cafe too. I’m making it my goal to visit a cosy cafe in every new city I’m in so I’ll definitely have to tick these off my list next time I’m in London.

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