Classic Cafes: The Borough, SE1

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


As of March 2003 long-time local favourite the Borough Cafe is under threat (as is the whole area) and will move to a portakabin nearby. The splendid frontage hid an unremarkable interior but an exceedingly warm atmosphere: a tiny humid kitchen-space piled with charcoal-flecked Bubble & Squeak, crusty pans of bacon, fuming tea machines... and a sleepy cat with big-hair fur who would often be curled up unnoticed on the window sill or looking out of the streaming windows oblivious to the customers who doted on it. A favourite haunt of composer Michael Nyman too. Also in the vicinity... anonymous part-closed market cafe... entrance to Jubilee cafe

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