Fleet River Bakery, Holborn

Fleet River Bakery
Karma tea
Fleet River Bakery
The Fleet River is one of London’s lost rivers. Running underground from Hampstead via Kentish Town, Kings Cross and Clekenwell into the Thames at Blackfriars; it was once a major waterway with healing wells along it’s course.
With the industrial revolution, the once clear waters became polluted and the Fleet was gradually bricked over. There are some extraordinary photos and a brief history of the river here.

The Fleet River Bakery is in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, behind Holborn Station. A welcome independent cafe in this area of chains, they bake everything on site from scratch. Emphasis is on the freshness of the food; they even tweet the daily menu and what is coming out of the oven.
The primrose-yellow exterior has large, arched windows and there are tables outside if the London weather is being kind. Inside is a warm, friendly atmosphere; the decor a mix of reclaimed wood, old school-room chairs and vintage ephemera. Seating is in a room to the back and there is space downstairs, which I haven’t tried yet, but looks very cosy.
The range of teas includes organic Assam, Eight Butterflies green tea, Leaping Tiger white and rooibos. I enjoyed a pot of Karma Lotus; a soothing blend of chamomile and lavender.
I visited near closing time, and, as they bake daily, the food had sold out – so if you fancy a cake with your cuppa, you better not leave it too late.

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Tea at Three, Tea in London Notes
Price of a Cup of Tea in Fleet River Bakery, LondonPrice of a Cuppa : £2.20
Fleet River bakery, Tea LeafLeaf or Bag : Kitchen: Leaf/Diner: Leaf
Cup of Tea Fleet River bakery, London, Tea PotCrockery : Little red pot with green lid, white china cup
Fleet River Bakery, London MusicMusic : none
Cup of Tea, Fleet River Bakery LondonService : Friendly
Fleet River bakery, TeapotKitty says: Excellent place to know in an area lacking in independents. Small seating area, and popular place, so I guess busy at mealtimes
Address: Fleet River Bakery
71 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3JF
Website: Fleet River Bakery

Lincoln’s Inn Fields Museums

Lincoln’s Inn Fields is also part of the Museum Mile, and home to two of London’s most fascinating small museums.

At number 13 the architect John Soanes created an amazing, and somewhat bonkers interior (how on earth did he tell Mrs Soane that he wanted to put an Egyptian Sarcophgus in the basement?). His home is preserved as he left it and this magical place is well worth a visit. You can also buy Mogg’s Strangers Guide to London that I saw at Tom’s Somerset House.

Number 35-43 houses the Huntarian Museum holds the collection of John Hunter. Exhibits include the skeleton of Charles Byrne, the ‘Irish Giant’ and the Evelyn Tables.

If it’s all a bit much you can always reclaim your equilibrium with a pot of Karma Lotus at the lovely Fleet River.

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8 Responses to Fleet River Bakery, Holborn

  1. Chiara says:

    Iived near this nice bakery and I visited it a lot of time. The food is really good especially the carrot cake!!

    • Kitty says:

      Hi Chiara thanks for popping by. I see from your blog you are a good cook and probably know about cake, so trust that the carrot cake is excellent!

  2. Arghhhh, I wish I had seen this email this morning before we went into town. We visited the Soane Museum and were looking for a place for a cuppa and bite to eat! Oh well, I am sure we’ll be back in that area again so this is great to know. Thank you, Kitty! x

  3. Claire says:

    I’ve been past this place a couple of times at lunchtime and the queues are always out of the door so I suggest going early and not in a hurry – unfortunately haven’t been able to stop so far but have every intention of going there next time. Whilst in Lincolns Inn its worth taking a wander past The Old Curiosity Shop too – an amazing sight in this part of London.

    • Kitty says:

      Thanks for that – I have only been at weekends, but guessing weekday lunchtimes will be really popular. You are right – Lincolns Inn is full of quirkiness if you take the time to stroll and explore.

  4. Rob Smith says:

    I love the Fleet River Bakery, a real treat to call in there, and always interesting things appearing on the menu.

    In the eighteenth century the banks of the River Fleet was a fashionable place to drink tea, at a place called Bagnigge Wells, not far from Kings Cross. It served medicinal waters drawn from a spring, in addition an advert in 1775 says that “ladies and gentlemen may depend upon having the best tea, coffee, hot loaves, &c.”

    If you want to know more about the River Fleet, Footprints of London run regular walks along its course see http://footprintsoflondon.com/walkingthefleet for details

    • Kitty says:

      Thanks Rob, good to hear you like FRB too, and fascinating about Bagnigge Wells and the healing waters with own caff.
      Your walks look great; I have put a link in blogroll, and hope to join one soon.

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