The North London Café That’s Disguised As Your Grandma’s House

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A trip to this Crouch End café is guaranteed to be a gran day out.

Co-owners Eaton and Michael wanted to create somewhere that was inviting, relaxing and familiar. As soon as they realised that they were basically describing their nans’ gaffs, they came up with the concept for Edith’s House. Named after one of their nanas, Edith, this lovely little café is dedicated to everybody’s grandmas. (📸 by @wallis_p_)

How many places are there where can you tuck into avocado on toast while you’re sat on the toilet? Or quite literally enjoy breakfast in bed (aside from your actual bed)? The general ambience is absolutely spot on: the whole place is kitted out in beige, magnolia and a beautiful shade of nostalgia. The wallpaper is suitably hideous and the furniture is suitably twee. “It’s retro,” as grandma would say.

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The food has hipster brunch vibes, but don’t let that put you off. There are sweet and savoury pancakes, bacon butties, a full English breakfast, and a bunch of things on toast. There’s also a ton of vegan and gluten free options available, including Edith’s signature potato scones.

One thing’s for sure, you’ve never been anywhere like this before. (Except your nan’s house, because you know, that’s the point.)

You can drink coffee in nana’s bed…

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Sip tea on nana’s toilet…

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📸 by @rebeccagilhooley

Have brunch in nana’s living room…

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Play cards on nana’s coffee table…

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Or eat cream tea on nana’s dressing table…

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📸 by @jadecoopercollins

Go on, pop in and say hi.

Location: Edith’s House, 59 The Broadway, Crouch End, N8 8DT. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 6pm.
Price: breakfast dishes range from £5 to £11.
More info: on the Edith’s House website.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.