Flowers and Brew at Hej Coffee Bermondsey
Whatever the Swedes do, they do it with style. And stylish is exactly what Hej Coffee is. It's tucked away in a corner of what is quickly becoming a very trendy Bermondsey Square with tables and beach chairs strewn on the pavement out front.
Hej doubles as cafe/ flower shop with colourful bunches of flowers contrasting the front of the vividly green building. The flowers don't come cheap, but hey, this is not Holland and at Hej you get a free cuppa coffee thrown in.
Inside the decor is everything you'd expect from a Swedish cafe; bright and airy and a minimalist styled decor. I loved the fake moose head hanging from the wall, which really gave it that Scandi touch. It's one of those places where you can bring a book or your laptop and hang out for a little while.
Besides brewing some very decent coffees, they also squeeze fresh juices, and bake sweet and cinnamony bullar. Although the latter are so popular that you're best off grabbing one early in the day. You can also start your day with croissants or moist, home-made cakes.
The lunch menu is not bad either; on offer are typically Swedish open-faced sandwiches, slightly less Swedish veggie foccacias and other lovely looking sandwiches.
Hanging out on the terrace at Hej on a summer's day, gives you that feeling that somehow London has been transported to the continent.
Check it out for yourself on their website.