I probably spend too much time here but I love it for the atmosphere. During the day it’s quite empty. The proprietor is often dozing in the back corner and you can read for hours with just one cup of tea without anyone bothering you. It picks up in the evenings as all the regulars pile in with pre-bought bottles of wine.
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Lorelei, 21 Bateman Street, London, United Kingdom
Current city: London
Zoë Taylor is an illustrator based in London. She graduated from the RCA in 2009 and regularly illustrates for AnOther Magazine’s online edition. Her work has also been published in The Guardian, Syntax Editions, Grey, Le Gun, Bare Bones, Dazed & Confused and others. She is currently working on some visual stories.
 

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