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As the last days of English summer arrive, it would be a shame not to kick back and relax somewhere with a nice terrace; soak up the sun and that Vitamin D while you still can! Luckily Clapham is a great spot for that, with most cafes and restaurants extending onto the pavement. Great for people watching, great for a getting that tan a bit darker.

Location: Brickwood, Clapham, LondonBrickwood Coffee & Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Type: Cafe

Camera: Nikkon D80, Nikkor 50mm lens

It must mean something that, when having asked my flatmate which cafe is the best here, “Brickwood” was what came to mind. The cafe has a quaint little bench and two tables inside, and seems to have some sort of secret garden towards the back.

The staff was quite friendly, and we opted for a mix of savory and sweet, together with an iced latte and this strange Kiwi (New Zealander) drink that was somewhere between a lemonade and flavoured water.

The orange and almond cake was moist and delicious. I had preempted that the batter would have polenta – and I was right. This added a nice texture to the cake. It wasn’t too sweet either, which really must have pleased the bitter bitch that is my sister. Her coffee, without any sugar or syrup, was slowly gargled in joyful silence.

The oak smoked avocado bagel bewildered me a bit. On the one side, I really enjoyed that it was toasted. Being obsessed with texture, as you can see, it added a nice crunchiness to it. Yet something just didn’t fully please me. I think it was something to do with the smoked salmon, I just honestly can’t put my finger on it. I know, I am a terrible food critic at time. Also, they had Cherry Ripes for sale! Here I thought I had to smuggle them from Australia to get them.

Grade: Sainthood 
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