Cafes in London: who would have thought?. There was a time not long ago, not at all in a galaxy far far away (we’re talking London), where one would scoff at the idea that there was a UK ‘cafe culture’. Tea rooms and greasy spoons with coffee black or white, maybe, but not a proper coffee house. Well, gone are those days, with many a quality London cafe popping up to give the lovers of the good bean their fix without sacrificing quality or ambience. And there’s something distinct about good London cafes, something you won’t find in Vienna or Paris. Undoubtedly, modern cafes in London represent a rising British coffee culture.