I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to add Caffè Tropea to the #LondonByCoffee series. Caffè Tropea is an oldie but a goodie. In all honesty, I think this caffè may have been my most frequented last summer. And no, it wasn’t because I couldn’t keep my hands off of the cannolis. Granted – I did have a lecture three times per week just across Russell Square. But I promise, even without the lecture, it still would have been a frequent stop.
A bit of background as to why Caffè Tropea is a staple favourite of mine. One of my best friends and I made it a weekly tradition to stop here. We pulled out all the stops. Coffees, teas, croissants, cannolis, Aperol spritzers – any excuse for a stop in. Even if it meant fighting off the ever bolder pigeons for an outdoor table. I’ve also met quite a few intriguing people here. An independent investment consultant for Americans abroad, a lawyer, a politician – all with whom I was able to share wonderful conversation and swap an interesting story or two.
Caffè Tropea is a small, famiglia-run caffè since (if I’m not mistaken) 1981. Located right inside Russell Square, it’s a short walk from the tube and very difficult to miss. If you can’t find it, follow the pigeons. They know where to go. Easy to access for tourists and locals alike, Tropea is perfect for the long sought-after sweet treat, afternoon or morning pick-me-up or a hearty meal.
Whilst it’s lovely year-round, I actually prefer making my stops in the late spring or during the summer. Russell Square is in full bloom with flowers and greenery, the fountain is on and you can sit outside in the warmth of the sun. However, if you do choose to visit in the winter or autumn months, the indoor seating area is very nice too.
Sounds ideal, right? Some of my favourite London memories have been made at this caffè. I hope if you’re in London or are planning to visit, you’ll consider stopping in. Also, a tourist note – if you want to dodge over-priced museum cafes, Caffè Tropea is incredibly close to the British Museum. It’s a great spot to stop and recharge after a full day of sight-seeing.
Until next, xoxo.
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