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Escape the Daily Grind

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#5,869 of 21,745 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner

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Our passion is high-quality coffee, complemented by our range of delicious, locally handmade cakes, freshly baked artisan pastries and lovingly made brunch, delivered with a smile. With our comfy, laid-back atmosphere, we hope Escape the Daily Grind will be the place for you to do just that.
$4 - $10
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Cafe, British
Highchairs Available, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed February 22, 2019 via mobile

We visited here on a Tuesday afternoon, so it was fairly quiet. The lady serving was friendly. Coffee was nice - as I have experienced in a lot of London coffee shops, the size of drink is quite small. We just want a mug really....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Campergirl4
Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

Awful staff, forgot our order, didn’t even apologise. Will never come back - such a shame as heard good things.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank JezC301090
Richard B, Owner at Escape the Daily Grind, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2019

This is obviously very concerning to hear and not what we pride ourselves on at Escape the Daily Grind and please accept my apologies for your experience. I would be grateful if you could message me on escapethedailygrind@hotmail.com and let me know the date and...More

Reviewed January 23, 2019 via mobile

Lovely cafe which is a bit more quiet than normal cafes around Balham. Great place to work from as it has a nice vibe, great staff and even better food. One of my favourite spots! The only issue is at the moment in Winter, is...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank alisonbunworth
Reviewed November 8, 2018

I am beyond delighted that I found this place. The food was delicious - I had a full breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage, mushrooms (finely cut & almost crispy), divine bacon, baked beans and roasted cherry tomatoes with sour dough toast). Piping hot and smooth black...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank duchesscaro
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

My partner & I have been a couple of times to this little gem in the last month. A lot quieter than the other Balham brunch spots for which you end up queuing for ages. Its cute, intimate & the food & coffee rivals any...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 690matthewb
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Dropped in for some coffee and pastries and we were not disappointed. Good and fast friendly service in a modest good feel café gave us a nice break for the day. The rest of the menu looked appealing and observing what came out of the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank jc222
Reviewed August 10, 2018

With so many cafes and brunch spots in Balham now attracting a queue every weekend, this is one of the few places left where you can usually get a table straight away. The food is cooked really well and very tasty, it has never disappointed.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

A fantastic, friendly and welcoming coffee shop with excellent coffee, fresh baked baguettes (best in SW london IMHO) and delicious pastries. They took over a long established French owned and run patisserie, kept the excellent pastries and bread making and added a cool modern cafe....More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank UKRegulartraveller
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I came here to do some travel planning and brunch as we found it on google as a good cafe/ work space. We both got the eggs Royale and when they came out the yolks were almost hard boiled. There was also...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Looseyg
Richard B, Owner at Escape the Daily Grind, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Firstly I would like to apologise that your visit wasn't up to our usual high standard. I was sorry to learn your views about the food via TripAdvisor. I would have welcomed the feedback at the time so that I could fix the situation and...More

Reviewed March 5, 2018

Had wonderful brunch here in Sunday-fruit comport and smashed avocado with feta to follow. Great coffee and friendly, attentive staff.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank TonyE1
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