The Dome, 38 High St, Hampstead NW3 (071 435 4240)

Hampstead changes in the evenings: the demi-suburbia of the daylight hours fills with teenagers pushing each other and smoking fags. This reaches its acme around the Dome, one of a chain of cafe-brasseries scattered about London. Fight your way though the crowd, ignore the fishy looks directed at anyone over 23 and indulge at small tables in capuccinos (pounds 1.35), wine (pounds 1.95 a glass), salads and croque monsieurs (all very early Eighties New Bistro) while reading the papers provided on racks. Then go for a walk (or something else) on the heath or watch an arty film at the Everyman cinema. Open 8am-11pm Mon-Sat, 9am-10.30pm Sun.

Monday: Gordon's Wine Bar, Villiers St, WC2

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