A Milanese concept brought to London by serial restaurateur Alan Yau, Princi is a seriously popular all-day pit stop for everything from early-morning business meets to post-theatre fill-ups. The light-filled café does a roaring trade in chic breakfasts, all-too-tempting cakes, savoury pastries and colourful salads, with fresh juices, proper coffee and a good selection of wines and cocktails to wash it all down. Its ‘casual, slightly chaotic’ atmosphere is well managed by mainly Italian staff dressed in spotless white uniforms, and wherever you find a spot – at one of the high communal tables or the street-facing counters – there are plenty of opportunities for people-watching. Meanwhile, table service and a menu of excellent wood-fired pizzas (plus a couple of pastas) beckon in the adjoining restaurant – try the Valerio, with mushroom, ham, mozzarella, cream and basil. Takeaways, too.
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