The Handbook
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The Strand has welcomed a new independent coffee brand to its well trodden streets, offering strong competition up against the selection in McDonalds/Starbucks/Pret/Caffe Nero on the same stretch of London. Discerning coffee drinkers (some may say coffee snobs… yep, that’s us) will no longer have to rely on the office coffee machine or walking a bit further into Covent Garden for a decent cup; New Zealand-inspired Sacred Cafe has just opened their forth spot (alongside existing cafes just off Carnaby Street, in Westfield and in Highbury), in the 4-star Strand Palace Hotel.

Coffee is served alongside teas (with holistic properties) from a plantation in Sri Lanka which has been in the owner’s family for four generations. This really is a small scale, heartfelt business, slowly gaining well-deserved popularity. The cafe space is suited to freelancers and friends as well as having seating for meetings. To recharge in every sense of the word, the benches are fitted with chargers for phones and tablets, and power-mats for Samsung owners and the menu extends to food with breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea – a little birdy tells us the Sacred lolly cake is well worth a try.

Sacred Cafe at Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, WC2R 0JJ

www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk