There are two ways to see the world: before coffee and after coffee. Most of us can’t start the day without a steaming hot brew, and in the UK, daily coffee consumption is somewhere around 95 million cups a day. It’s safe to say that we like ourselves a cuppa.
But where do you go if you’re living in the capital and fancy sipping back on a latte, cappuccino or espresso? We’ve got the answers, so if you’re looking for a new spot to enjoy your coffee, this guide is for you. Read on and find out where you can sip back and relax at the best coffee shops and cafes in London.
Take your pick from branches in Putney, Ealing and Stamford Brook for a hot cuppa at Artisan. There’s an East End vibe at these coffee shops, even though the majority of them are based in and around West and South West London. Beans come from Allpress, and each branch has a relaxing look and feel with a touch of bohemian vibes.
Campbell & Syme Coffee Roasters Cafe
Located in North London’s East Finchley, Campbell & Syme Coffee Roasters Cafe is a local neighbourhood gem. Since opening in 2013, this coffee hotspot has gone from strength to strength with delightful espressos and top-notch filter coffee. Beans are from Honduras and Ethiopia provide a truly international flavour.
Address: 9 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London N2 9JR
Head to Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden for some of London’s best java. Monmouth has been serving up fine coffee since 1978 and also has branches in Borough and Bermondsey. But it’s the Covent Garden iteration that has garnered a reputation for its fine drinks. Monmouth will even grind its own beans for you, so you can take them home and enjoy a hot brew in your own surroundings.
Address: 27 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EU
Black Cab Coffee Co.
Once a popular pop-up espresso bar in, you guessed it, a converted taxi, Black Cab Coffee Co. is now a permanent cafe with a riverside location in Nine Elms. There are beans galore to choose from, with each one ensuring a delicious cup of fresh roasted coffee. But there’s more on offer here, including spicy iced chai and an extensive food menu.
Address: 1 RiverLight Quay, Nine Elms, London SW11 8AU
Get the good stuff at Kaffeine, a popular coffee joint in central London. With two shops located in Fitzrovia, Kaffeine is inspired by the coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand and has brought a little taste of Down Under to the West End.
Address: 66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QJ
Benk + Bo
A successful working set up in the City requires access to world-class coffee. Fortunately, Benk + Bo has Square Mile professionals covered with its tasty java. Located in Spitalfields, stop by for co-working space-meets-coffee shop experience and enjoy great coffee as well as an in-house bakery.
Address: 4 Gravel Ln, Greater, Spitalfields, London E1 7AW
Look Mum No Hands!
A popular Old Street spot, Look Mum No Hands is a coffee shop inspired by cycling. It’s attached to a bicycle repair shop, so you can get your wheels fixed while enjoying a latte or cappuccino served by the knowledgeable barista.
Address: 49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX
Originally created in Sweden, HEJ has established itself as a bonafide place to grab a coffee. One of South London’s finest cafes, HEJ has branches in Bermondsey, Elephant & Castle and a pop-up in Somerset House. Enjoy great coffee to the backdrop of a Swedish theme with wood panels walls and a hanging moose’s head.
Next time you stop for a hot cuppa, make sure you try one of these fantastic coffee spots. Enjoy the best coffee in London, whether you’re stopping off after a brisk walk, looking for somewhere to work for a few hours or just want to give your taste buds the best coffee in town.