London Coffee Festival 2017


Hi everyone ūüôā Today is the last working day of the week! Do you have any plan set up for the weekend? If not, why don’t you pay a visit to ‘London Coffee Festival 2017’, which began this Thursday and held until this Sunday?

London Coffee Festival is UK’s largest coffee event where you can see a lot of coffee-related companies. Whether you are doing business or just in person, it it always fun to go have a look at it as you can see everything in one place.

The event is happening from 6th of April 2017 until 9th of April 2017 (Thur-Sun) at the Brick Lane. You can purchase your ticket both online or at the door but it is a lot cheaper to actually buy online.

For more information please visit their website:


So yesterday, our Head Barista Kevin from The Travel Cafe has been to this coffee festival and got some lovely photos from the venues!¬†The photos are not in order but please enjoy ūüôā

ticket booth

You can either get the ticket from the ticket booth or if you have purchased online, just print the ticket out and head to the entrance.


You will find a lot of people there, especially during the weekend!

antique machinea

Some antique machineries,

automatic filter coffee

And some automatic filtered coffee machine. Perfect example of old&new co-existing at one place.

korean outdoor espresso machine

You can now make a perfect cup of coffee outdoor!

cafe racer

Coffee Racer- one of well known cafe

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Another antique coffee machine

latte art class

Latte art session


Coffee roasting machine

filter coffee grinder

Modern yet simple coffee bean grinder

espresso machine

Small version of espresso machine!

equipment store

Where you can purchase all coffee equipment

touch screen machine

New high tech machine- all you need to do is just touch the button not press it


Coffee tasting session

cold press juice booth

Cold pressed juice


London Coffee Festival goodies

coffe tasting class(booking only)

The tasting room- book in advance only

pastry company

Some lovely pastries that will go perfectly well with coffee

loveramic booth

And Loveramics- we use one of them from our cafe too ūüôā

The Travel Cafe x Monmouth Coffee


The Travel Cafe x Monmouth Coffee

Great news! We are happy to announce that The Travel Cafe Waterloo is now serving coffee from Monmouth ūüôā Apart from Espresso coffee, you can also buy some variety of Monmouth filter coffee beans from us as well. The price is exactly same as the one you see from Monmouth Coffee.



Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee started roasting and retailing coffee in 1978. At the beginning they roasted in the basement of our shop on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden. They now have branches in Borough Market as well as Bermondsey. Their aim was to source interesting coffees, roast them daily and encourage our customers to taste our coffees before they bought them.

Monmouth Coffee source and roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. By visiting each farm, they look to establish a relationship with the grower and exporter of that coffee. They believe that where such a relationship exists, quality, quantity and price requirements can be discussed in an open and equal way. They see this as sustainable, fair and equal trade.



How to buy offline

We both sell espresso coffee beans and filter coffee beans. Order is normally placed on weekly basis. You can purchase the beans directly from our cafe, Waterloo branch on 139 Westminster Bridge Road. If you would like freshly roasted beans, you can order them from us and pick up on the next day. We also accept weekly orders.
For more information, please email us on or call us on 020 7207 0058.

How to buy online

We ship worldwide! You can always buy our beans as well as other souvenirs directly from our website:
If you would like to have your item sent overseas, please enquire postage price either to our email: or call us on 020 7207 0058. We are more than happy to assist you in any ways ūüôā



Monmouth 1

Price (updated on Feb 2017)

Single Origin / 250g

Finca Palli (Bolivia) £9.25
BOLIVIA Copacabana. Caranavi Caturra, Typica and Catuaí. Mechanical Washed Process. Dates and honey with soft acidity and medium body.

Fazenda IP (Brasil) £6.25
BRASIL Carmo de Minas. Yellow Bourbon. Pulped Natural Process.
Cocoa and hazelnut with soft acidity and full body.

Fazenda do Sertao (Brasil) £6.25
BRASIL Carmo de Minas. Yellow Bourbon. Pulped Natural Process.
Dark chocolate and cherries with soft to medium acidity and full body.

Finca Los Sauces (Colombia) £6.5
COLOMBIA Yacuanquer. Nari√Īo Caturra. Traditional Washed Process.
Currants and cocoa with fresh acidity and full body.

Finca Herbazu (Costa Rica) £7.75
COSTA RICA Lourdes de Naranjo, Villa Sarchí. White Honey Process.
White nectarine and greengage with medium to bright acidity and medium to full body.

Finca Malacara A (El Salvador) £6.50
EL SALVADOR Apaneca – Ilamatepec. Red Bourbon. Traditional Washed Process.
Caramel and mandarin with low to medium acidity and medium body.

La Divina Proveidencia (El Salvador) £7.75
EL SALVADOR Cantón Palo de Campana. Orange Bourbon. Traditional Washed Process.
Stone fruit with plummy acidity and caramel-like body.

Kebel Konga (Ethiopia) £7.50
ETHIOPIA Wote-Konga Sub Region. Yirgacheffe Typica and Local Varietals. Natural Process.
Dried stone-fruit and sugar cane with low to medium acidity and juicy body

Finca La Bella (Guatemala) £6.50
GUATEMALA El Progreso. Villa Sarchí. Traditional Washed Process.
Seville orange and cocoa with light to medium acidity and medium to full body.

Finca Santa Catalina (Guatemala) £6.50
GUATEMALA San Miguel Due√Īas, Antigua. Caturra and Catua√≠. Traditional Washed Process.
Oranges and chocolate with citrus acidity and medium body.

Raja Batak (Indonesia) £8
INDONESIA Lake Toba, North Sumatra. Various Cultivars. Honey Process.
Fresh tobacco and spice with medium acidity and body.

Kiruru (Kenya) £8
KENYA Murang’a, Central Province. SL28 and SL34. Traditional Washed Process.
Red-currant and berries with medium to bright acidity and punchy body.

Finca el pastoral. decaffeinated (Incaragua) £7
NICARAGUA Los Cipreses, Jinotega Caturra and Catuaí. Traditional Washed Process .Mountain Water Decaffeination.
Dates and caramel with soft acidity and medium body.

Espresso coffee blend / 1kg

Monmouth Espresso £25
Currently using Fazenda I.P (Brasil) as the base of the espresso, adding Lo Mejor de Nari√Īo (Colombia) for high notes and complexity, and Finca Santa Catalina (Guatemala) for cocoa notes.
Toasted almonds with smooth body and balanced fruity acidity.

Organic Espresso £25
Organic espresso is a combination of our certified coffees from Suke Quto (Ethiopia), Marcelino Katari (Bolivia) and Finca El Pastoral (Nicaragua).
Full and sweet with fruity length and cocoa aftertaste.

Wright Brothers: Perfect seafood restaurant for both travellers and locals

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Who doesn’t love seafood except the fact that they are too expensive? As UK is surrounded by oceans, there are plenty of seafood to try out everywhere as well as in London. However, it is the fact that the seafood is always so very expensive, often out of your budget. It is also a same story for the travellers who are on their tight budget.


Would you then believe if you can try out some lovely oysters for a pound? in London? Of course you can: at The Wright Brothers.


Their menu is mainly oysters but also do serve some nicely cooked fish and other seafood such as bream and shellfish. If you are here as a group, you could also try some seafood platters where you will find mountains of seafood on a huge plate.


During the happy hours: 3-6pm, you can also try out an oyster for a pound. Or just £20 for 2 course lunch meal.


For more information regarding the restaurant, visit their website on:



Hawksmoor: One of best steakhouse in London



Visitors who come to UK always look out for someplace nice to eat, where they can make some memories out of it. And yes, it is always hard to find good restaurants in London, even on Tripadvisor.


One of the restaurants that could hardly fail is a steakhouse and Hawksmoor is one of the best steakhouse in London, where it received a lot of good reputations from locals already. Award-winning British steakhouse and cocktail bar, serving British grass-fed, dry-aged beef from Ginger Pig and sustainably sourced seafood from Brixham.


You can find the restaurants easily around you as they have quite a few chains around London including Spitalfields, Borough and Covent Garden and they have also recently opened one outside London: Manchester.


Steak price varies from £19.50 (Rump) and they also do some nice seafood dishes such as lobsters and breams. To find your nearest restaurant, please refer to their website on:




Hook Restaurant: Lovely twist to ordinary fish & chips


‘Fabulous fish and chips in Camden, flawlessly fried and with superior condiments. Only fish that is sustainably caught gets hooked by Hook.’
– TimeOut-


Hook Camden serves simple but yet delicious food. Unlike greasy ordinary fish&chips that you normally taste of, Hook Camden managed to pull crispy outside-juicy inside fish&chips by using Japanese breadcrumbs.

They use different fish caught daily and you can also try different flavours of batter. On top of that, they have so many sauces to choose from. So you can always taste something different by different combination of food.


Beers will also go nicely with the fish&chips and not to mention some finger-licking sides to add with your mains.

Not to mention the price- Unlike some of restaurants where they taste nothing but rip you off with huge amount of bill, Hook Camden provides food that taste great but still on reasonable price.

For more information regarding Hook Camden, please visit:



Borough Market: One of largest & oldest markets in London


It is always fun to visit the markets in the city as this place can be one of the most local area in the city. You will be able to find a lot of stalls with local food and products and even local people!


Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. In 2014, it celebrated its 1,000th birthday. The retail market operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Inside Borough Market you will find some famous shops such as:

Q8X4V620895_1.jpg1. Monmouth Coffee: 35 years on yet still one of well-known coffee shops in London. Sell coffee and simple pastries. Beans can also be purchased here.

8502589423_47dab8cdc8_b.jpg2. Pieminister: Award-winning British pies. Using free-range pork, chicken and farm assured products to deliver the best taste.

scotchtails-borough-market-min.jpg3. Scotchtails: From original pork scotch eggs to squid and chorizo, you will find many different types of eggs to choose from. Eggs chosen from Buford Browns to achieve rich and vibrant yolk.

7951616530_9c936e8c26_b.jpg4. Ion Patisserie: You can find all the homemade backing dessert here! Particularly famed for its mouth-watering array of cheesecakes but you can also find plenty of other cakes and pastries to enjoy.

89720814.jpg5. Hobbs Meat Roast: Been 25 years, selling hot meat baguettes include roast loin of pork with stuffing and apple sauce, turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry sauce, and salt beef with dill pickle and mustard. You will expect long queue with regulars.



The ten most loved dessert in Britain

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Who doesn’t love sweets? It’s really hard to resist some nice dessert anytime: after meals, while watching tv or when you are on your break during work. Here are some of most loved (or mostly sold) dessert in Britain.



1. Brownie: It is a flat, baked chocolaty dessert square developed in US. You can find brownies nearly everywhere and they are sometimes homemade! Nice to have it with some ice cream or even on its own.


2. Victoria sponge cake: The Victoria sponge, also known as the Victoria sandwich or Victorian cake,  was named after Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. The jam and cream are sandwiched between two sponge cakes.


3. Carrot Cake: The cake contains carrots mixed into the batter. The carrot softens in the cooking process, and the cake usually has a soft, dense texture. Can be made in variety of shapes and also include other ingredients such as kirsch, cinnamon, nuts, pineapple or raisins


4. Red Velvet Cake: It is a chocolate cake with either a red, bright red or red-brown colour. It is traditionally prepared as a layer cake topped with cream cheese or cooked roux icing. You can also find it as a cupcake form.


5. Chocolate Cake: Most common and loved cake, a cake made from chocolate and cocoa powder. There are many different types of chocolate cakes, including double chocolate, dark chocolate, black forest cake etc.


6. Doughnut: It is a type of fried dough confectionery. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole, and often filled.


7. Banoffee Pie: It’s an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee (made from boiled condensed milk, or dulce de leche), combined either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter.


8. Tiramisu: It is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian custard dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.


9. Eclair: It is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. The dough is typically piped into an oblong shape and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside. Once cool, the pastry is then filled with a vanilla, coffee or chocolate-flavoured, or with whipped cream, or chiboust cream. 


10. Cheesecake: It is a sweet dessert consisting of one or more layers. The main, and thickest layer, consists of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese. The bottom layer it often consists of a crust or base made from crushed digestive biscuits, graham crackers, pastry, or sponge cake. It is also flavoured with fruit (lemon/blueberries) or chocolate.



London’s most famous steak restaurant


Most of people love steak (or meat). A lot of visitors come to London to try out steaks in London, to experience unique theme created by different restaurants. Here are some of London’s most famous steak restaurants:



1. Hawksmoor Spitalfields: Since opening in 2006, Hawksmoor has attracted many people from all around the world. Their unique selling point is in supplying excellent produce cooked well, focusing on top-quality beef from renowned London butcher Ginger Pig and and an impressive list of breeds to suits all the needs.

Address: 157A Commercial St, London E1 6BJ
Steak price from £19.5 (Rump, 300g)



2. Flat Iron: Perfect for people with limited budget, potion of steak as just 10quid each. With side of £2.5, you can have affordable but delicious meal. However, due to huge demand, they do not take any reservations- walk in only. There is a long queue in front of restaurant everyday, but definitely worth the wait.

Address: 17-18 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH
Steak price £10



3. Barbecoa: Jamie Oliver’s another addition to his chains. Slow cooked, dry-aged meat along with amazing wine and dessert. With all sorts of different cooking equipment:¬†robatas, Argentinian grills, wood-fired ovens, Texas pit smokers and a tandoor oven, you can enjoy different kind of meat¬†from the world, cooked with variety of techniques.

Address: One New Change, 20 New Change Passage, London EC4M 9AG
Steak price from £24 (Rump, 8oz)



4. Steak & Co: Nice steak plus a bit of fun to it! Carefully selected and prepared steak will be served to you on a sizzling hot steak stone, to cook to your personal perfection. The steaks are first caramelised on their chargrill to seal in the flavour then you can choose an infused butter, a salt or shake and a sauce as a final accompaniment: personalised steak for you.

Address:¬†79 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4AA
Steak price from £15.25 (Rump, 8oz)



Treat yourself with a little break: Afternoon tea venues in London


Nothing is more important than giving yourself a little break, whether is during work or travel. Afternoon teatime can be perfect for you to relax your mind and body, with nice up of hot tea and enjoyable pastries.

Here are some of Afternoon Tea venues in London where you can choose depending on your taste, from classic afternoon tea to high-end, or even themed.


1. Fortnum & Maison


Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 – Highly Commended
One of¬†London’s most famous destinations for Afternoon Tea,¬†the history of Fortnum & Mason reaches back to 1707 and since that time it has specialised in providing the finest produce and service. They sell over 100 rare and exotic teas from India, China, Nepal, Japan, Ceylon, along with their own traditional blends and a new range of green teas.


Afternoon Tea is served in the relaxed and elegant surroundings of The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened in 2012 by HM the Queen, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.


Address: Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER

For more information regarding the venue, please visit:


2. B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour


Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 – Commended
Come and experience Afternoon Tea with a difference on the Brigit’s Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. This vintage London double decker bus will drive round Central London, taking in some of the City’s best sights, whilst you can indulge in the fabulous B Afternoon Tea.


Your uniformed driver will take you round The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.


The London sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic). The 12:30 and 15:00 tours will be picked up and dropped off at 8 Northumberland Avenue. The 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 5pm tour depart from Victoria Coach Station. A different pickup point can be requested if you are booking the entire bus for a private party.


For exclusiveness, you can hire out the entire bus for your own private party such as, weddings, corporate events, hen parties, graduations etc. There is also the option to hire either just the upstairs or downstairs sections of the bus, so get a group together and get in touch for this unique experience.


Address: Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9TP
8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY

For more information regarding the venue, please visit:


3. Mandarin Oriental London


Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 – Winner Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London is one of London’s most celebrated hotels, providing diners with a luxurious setting to indulge in Afternoon Tea.


Their Festive Afternoon Tea features savoury items such as slow roasted Norfolk bronze turkey with sage and cranberry sandwich and sumptuous sweet treats such as a Pumpkin – Cinnamon Macaron.


The Rosebery Lounge provides an elegant and luxurious setting to indulge in Afternoon Tea. This venue is just a few steps from Knightsbridge Tube Station and a short walk from Kensington Palace.


Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

For more information regarding the venue, please visit:


4. Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard


Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 – Highly Commended
Located on the 35th floor of The Shard, Ting Lounge provides a tranquil environment to enjoy Afternoon Tea, with 360-degree views that overlook the famous River Thames and face the City of London, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.¬†Served in theatrical elegance, the city’s afternoon tea is taken to a new level with two unique offerings – a classically English experience and an Asian-inspired alternative, both complemented by an exclusive selection of over 30 teas.


The English Afternoon Tea consists of freshly-cut sandwiches, delicious pastries and Earl Grey scones from the English selection, Pass around sweet confections with the option to add a glass of champagne.


Also discover the Asian Inspired Afternoon Tea that comprises of¬†oriental-flavoured sweet treats and savouries, including¬†freshly-steamed dumplings and¬†Roasted Duck, also with the option to add a glass of champagne.¬†One of London’s most sought-after pastimes in London, Afternoon Tea at The Shard is found just 2 minutes’ walk from London Bridge Station.


Address: 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU

For more information regarding the venue, please visit:


5. Royal Garden Hotel


Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 – Highly Commended
This stylish 5-star hotel is situated opposite Kensington Palace, former home to Princess Diana and a short walk from the Royal Albert Hall and the shops of Kensington High Street.


This hotel has been awarded a Highly Commended certificate at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 in recognition of its outstanding quality.


Afternoon Tea is served in Park Terrace Restaurant within the Lounge and enjoys views towards Kensington Palace and Gardens. From the comfort of your chair, enjoy platters of sandwiches, scones and pastries, as well as classic English leaf teas, to the sound of the resident pianist.


Address: 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT

For more information regarding the venue, please visit:

Where you can enjoy some afternoon tea in London


Britain= Tea. Simple as that. A lot of British drink tea on their everyday life and it is very common in here to enjoy some afternoon tea. Just like French and Italian enjoying coffee in the afternoon.

There are some famous Afternoon tea venues you can visit while in London, with proper tea stand along with different kind of savouries to accompany your tea break.



Afternoon tea at Aqua Shard

If you are looking for a classic, posh Afternoon tea then Aqua Shard is the place-to-be. With the stunning view of London riverside, you can enjoy some classic afternoon tea for £42, £55 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne or £67 with a glass of Ruinart Rose Champagne.

The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY


Afternoon tea at Bluebird

Modern, high-end restaurant serving some afternoon tea in Chelsea area. Classic menu includes sandwiches, cake and, of course, scones with clotted cream.

£22.50 per person for the afternoon tea, or kick things up a notch with a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial champagne (£29.50) or a Chambord cocktail topped with Moet & Chandon Rosé champagne (£33.95).

350 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU


Afternoon tea at The Delaunay

The Delaunay’s Viennese Afternoon Tea offers assorted sandwiches and savouries, poppy seed Gugelhupfs with apricot jam & whipped cream, (traditional fruit scones with strawberry jam & clotted cream are also available), a selection of classic Viennese cakes and choice of teas or coffees.

£19.75 for afternoon tea or £29.75 with a glass of Pommery Brut Royale NV champagne.

55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB