I don't make enough money to eat here, but I make enough money to drink here!
London Particular offers my favorite lattes in all of London. I don't know what it is about it, but their brew is incredibly good, strong; and goes well with soya and their lattes are delicious. It looks like an amazing coffee shop but is more of an eating place. The ambience is incredibly nice. If they could bulldoze the fish and chips shop next door, they should. They've got one huge communal table in the middle, with two or three tinier high tables that seat two, barely any seating. There is outside seating, which is nice in the afternoons when the sun comes in. Granted their wifi is free but it isn't really a place to write an epic novel in, as it gets busy fast. It's a good place to sit for 30 minutes. I've often bypassed coming here because of how busy it was, but I'd certainly come more often stay here longer if it had more seating!
Due to lucky circumstance, my partner and I took over a friend's tenancy here in New Cross. Let's just say reading about this place got us pretty excited, knowing there was a place with good coffee and food. I finally made it and I have to say, this flat white is damn good, and I have become a pretty discriminating coffee drinker since moving to London. In terms of the food, well I've only had the House Baked Beans. I guess the best way to describe it is like an update of the English Breakfast. You get a large bowl of tastefully presented spinach, garlic roasted mushrooms, and a generous slice of sourdough bread along with the beans, and you can add a soft boiled egg for a pound. I highly recommend the egg. You can get meaty or veggie beans, and sausage or Halloumi. When I ordered the meaty beans with Halloumi, the server reminded me that the beans were meaty, so I guess usually vegetarians order Halloumi here at LP but damn, I recommend it here because it was crazy tasty. The server just smiled and told the kitchen, "I guess he likes to mix it up once in a while." This is the same response I get when I try to order an egg, bacon, and cheese sandwich from anywhere, which I find hilarious because this is the standard breakfast sandwich in the States and, having just spent three weeks there, it is vastly superior to three sorry slices of bacon on a cold roll. But I digress, you would never get that at the LP because the food is fantastic.
A couple that walked in was immediately blown away by my plate and proceeded to order the same, but they got just the one plate to share. Too bad for them, they're gonna be sad they didn't get one each because it is a truly tasty dish. I had long discounted beans for breakfast because it reminds me of some sad fry-ups I've had over the past three years in London but this has restored my faith in English breakfast. Thank you, LP. Can't wait to try the LP bar. Maddy's was pretty good, too, for fish and chips.
I read in Time Out that New Cross is the next Shoreditch due to places like the LP. I really hope that isn't the case because Shoreditch has lost its East End character and I hope New Cross doesn't follow suit. But I'm very glad the LP exists, at least now that I am off on a weekday. I'll see how it is on a Saturday...
We've obviously been storing up some great places to go to after having bubs no. 2, as this place is awesome. Great strong coffee. I had the house salad with sausage & halloumi. So much flavour packed into one dish (beetroot, sweet potato, quinoa...so much goodness). Will definitely be going back (btw, not really made for taking the kids but we did...not a lot of room for buggies, no high chairs, etc)
The London Particular beautifully captures the Zeitgeist of the London restaurant/café scene in the year 2011: home-made food, prepared in a tiny show-kitchen; an interior that is in line with Bobo ideas; a funky-sounding menu, which is of course written on a chalk-board; stripped wooden floor boards, and the all-so-popular big communal table...sounds familiar?
Granted, I might have just come across as a little snarky, whereas I really liked my visit to the London Particular. In fact, I stumbled upon this lovely place purely by accident, as I had to change trains at New Cross. When I walked in, I was immediately "turned on" by the smell of the frittata that was still baking in the oven and I decided to stay for lunch. The frittata emerged from the oven about 15 minutes later and it was served alongside two generous portions of salad...the taste of it all was very good - I especially liked that the frittata had a sweet taste to it!
Also from a customer-service point of view, they got it right here at the London Particular: friendly staff and free wifi and a clean bathroom...very nice!
Homemade British food and quite possibly the best coffee in New Cross.
Why would you want to go to New Cross, you might ask?
Well. Goldsmith's. Cheapish accommodation with access to the hipster express. Um. Not sure what else, really, but still.
A really nice place, and they could clean up in some other bit of town, but they're happy to sit in their happy place and be generally lovely.
Sit outside and drink an excellent Americano and listen to the thrum of lorries heading towards the Channel Tunnel and/or Dover.
I fortuitously found London Particular when I was walking to Sainsburys. I adore the intimate feel and the friendly staff. After ordering one of the daily specials I took a seat at the only available table and enjoyed my latte as I drooled over all of the food the other patrons were recieving.
I ate a lovely Sunday lunch of braised ribs with balsamic glaze on a base of bashed and roasted potatos. On the top was a fringe of toasted greens (can greens be toasted? i dont know but they were great). Overall I dig independent places like this and I am excited that I live within walking distance. The only real downside is that the place is very small, so I recomend not coming with a large group and keeping your fingers crossed that no one else does either!
Based on the fact I could only afford a coffee from here, I'm going to say I'm a fan.
It is probably the first time I got one of those milk leafs branding my latte, which probably says more about where I go for my caffeine fix than anything, but still impressed. It is refreshing to see a Barista that expertly makes your beverages with skill and flair.
I didn't want to like this place. I'm not normally a fan of miss-matched furniture and wood everywhere. It's like the people who's hair looks like they've just woken up and really they've spent an hour making it look that way, however the London Particular is adorable. Even as busy as it was at lunchtime it had a really relaxed atmosphere with minimal effort. No rubbish mood music, just a place to go, sit, drink and eat.
The promise of good coffee and cakes just around the corner from home was too much to resist. Happily, The London Particular came up to expectations: lunch, one of their bowl specials, was delicious. More elegant than the name suggests, it was full of fresh flavours and delicious textures. I look forward to trying some of the other meals, having taken ages to choose between them. The menu is a mixture of regulars, including sandwiches and a delicious-sounding variation of beans on toast, and weekly specials including a hot bowl meal and a house salad. Many of the ingredients, including beans, sauces and jams, are made by London Particular themselves.
Coffee is their own blend, and was pretty good. I didn't actually have a cake - something for next visit - but they looked absolutely delicious. Service was very pleasant and friendly; the atmosphere is relaxed. An unexpectedly good addition to this stretch of the New Cross Road!
Only tried this place today as it has only just opened for business. Good and fairly priced coffee and cakes with a cool and contemporary decor to match with super friendly staff.
Set along the busy A2, better know as New Cross Road, The London Particular feels fairly mature and established for such a young, new business.
Super nice looking facade on an otherwise dull row of shops, this is yet again another positively strong signal of where the New Cross/Peckham/Deptford area is heading. Will definitely be going back to this place again and trying more stuff, maybe then it shall get a 5 star rating?
I had breakfast here yesterday and I can say that it went quite well. I caught up with my mate Josh, we had some coffee and toast and there was really nothing out of the ordinary. Everything was good but maybe the place needs a little more imagination because it feels kind of empty and simple inside.
Needs more vegetarian options. The coffee is fantastic. The property is great and well staffed by passionate kids. Great place, can't wait to go back.
Great coffee, good tea and great cake, the Particular is just the kind of place New Cross has needed for years.
It smells of gingerbread heaven! And there nice! Win !
Madly wonderful. bannana, choccy sauce and brown bread, somehow it works as a dish and tastes great
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