Christmas shopping can be a lot of fun. But it can also take a long time, especially if you have a big shopping list. You’re bound to need a little pick me up or need a hearty lunch to keep going. You could grab something to go from a typical chain cafe but where’s the fun in that? London is full of amazing and unusual coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, catering to every taste and dietary requirement.

Little Social, Pollen Street, Mayfair

Little Social is a beautiful, intimate place, with rich decor that gives you a taste of French style. The head Chef, Cary Docherty, combines French cuisine with the best of British produce. With dishes that include Bouillabaisse of Cornish red mullet, mussels and cockles, to braised Irish ox cheeks and mouthwatering apple tarte tatin made with caramel baked apples and rich butter puff pastry – you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could easily be tempted to stay there all afternoon.

The Argyll Arms, Argyll Street, Near Regent Street

To properly visit London, you have to experience a traditional London pub. The Argyll Arms has a fascinating history and just a few minutes away from Regent Street. The pub is well known for having a secret tunnel that links to a local theatre. The menus offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and puddings, so there’s something to suit whatever time you happen to drop by. The Argyll Arms is a great option for travellers looking for hearty pub grub on a budget. 

Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges

Before you indulge in the rich, filling food that we all tuck into at Christmas, you can try something delicious and nourishing to keep you energised for shopping. The Hemsley Sisters opened a cafe in Selfridges so you can shop and refuel without needing to go far from your favourite shopping store. The cafe features a wonderful range of wholesome food that is also agreeable to those with celiac disease. The cafe is open all day, so you can drop whenever you want and find a reviving snack and coffee or a delicious lunch to give you the fuel you need for your Christmas shopping.

Wild Food Cafe, Covent Garden

Wild Food Cafe is a wonderful little eatery that offers plant-based meals, so an ideal option for vegetarians and vegans when Christmas shopping in London. This cafe has been featured in a range of magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and Hip & Healthy. From delicious smoothies to raw pizza, there’s something for all to enjoy. 

Urban Tea Rooms, Soho

Urban Tea Rooms is a trendy little cafe with outdoor seating that serves food all day. The lunch menu typically consists of handmade sandwiches, wraps and salads and so is a great option for a quick, filling lunch. The cafe also offers a huge range of imported teas. If you’re after good value with a modern take on a traditional tea shop, this is the place to stop for lunch after your Christmas shopping.