Classic Cafes: Borough Cafe, SE1

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


As of June 2003, long-time local favourite the Borough Cafe, Park St, SE1 is under threat (as is the whole area) and will move to a nearby portakabin. 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 beans glugging like tar pit lava, fuming tea machines... and a sleepy cat with big-hair fur who would often be curled up unnoticed in a cardboard box on the window sill, oblivious to the customers who doted on it. A favourite haunt of composer Michael Nyman too. RIP.

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