Trending Spending: Central London

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A list of places that people who use Monzo loved last month in Central London. 

They’re the places you've been going to lots recently, beyond all the big chains and familiar names. They’re not the most popular places overall (sorry Greggs), but your favourite haunts and neighbourhood gems. 

Let us know what you think and share your favourite places using #TrendingSpending!

You can hear from our Machine Learning Lead Neal to learn how we work out what’s trending, and see what’s trending in the rest of London.

We’ve started with London because it’s where the most people use Monzo. But if you find this interesting, we’d love to do your city next! Let us know in the community forum or tell us on Twitter.

Restaurants in Central London

Anfa Cafe

102 St John St, EC1M 4EH 

This local caf does amazing flatbreads, wraps and halloumi salads. Or take a leaf out of Sagar’s book and buy yourself a veggie full English and watch the world go by.


42-47 Minories, EC3N 1DY

Pastas one reviewer describes as “naughty and delicious.” Need we say more?


190, 5 Strand, Arundel St, WC2R 3DX

A fancy Japanese restaurant right on the Strand, serving handmade soba noodles and sushi. Just remember, as The Infatuation notes in its review, “as the name suggests, it’s expensive.”


38 William IV St, WC2N 4DD

Sam's Chinese Express

61 Red Lion St, WC1R 4PD

Cafes in Central London

Carter Lane Coffee House

50A Carter Lane, EC4V 5EA


70 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ

Curators Coffee Studio

9A Cullum St, EC3M 7JJ

Koa Coffee

41 Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4SH

Fix 126

126 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3PJ

Strong coffee, slap bang in the middle of Shoreditch.

Prufrock Coffee

23-25 Leather Ln, EC1N 7TE

Knockbox Coffee

29 Lamb's Conduit St, WC1N 3NG

The Black Penny

34 Great Queen St, Holborn, London WC2B 5AA

Pubs and bars in Central London

Cafe Kick 

43 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL

An institution on Exmouth Market that screens sports, has table football and gets rammed in the evenings after work.

Coin Laundry

70 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QP

The Harrow

Whitefriars St, EC4Y 8JJ

Samuel Pepys

48 Upper Thames St, EC4V 3PT

Post-work pints, right by the river.

The Union Tavern

52 Lloyd Baker St, WC1X 9AA

The Resting Hare

8- London, 11 Woburn Walk, Upper Woburn Pl, WC1H 0JW

Did you find this interesting? Tell us what you think in the community! We'd love to do more cities outside London, so let us know where we should look next 😃