Coffee in London

Before I totally forget about all the great coffee we’ve had in London, here’s my collective brain dump on coffee shops we’ve been to.

Flat Cap

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

A nice little coffee cart in Westminster, not far from Buckingham Palace, serves Square Mile Coffee and a triple flat white. The location is pretty handy, because there are not really any noteworthy coffee shops in that general area. Soho might not be far away, but it’s still a bit of a walk if all you do is fancy a nice coffee.

Nude Espresso

We only made it to their Soho location right on Soho Square, but it’s well worth a visit. I sipped a rather nice Kenya from the V60. You can buy Nude’s coffee beans here too, of course.

Monmouth

From what I gather, Monmouth is one of the older roasters in London. We went to one of their outlets in Covent Garden, where you could sample all of their coffees to your liking. Quite nice, and their coffee isn’t bad either, but what worried me was the fact that they’re selling them as loose beans. There’s no way of telling how old they are. Still worth a visit though.

Flat White

Home of a four-headed, custom-built Synesso espresso machine, Flat White is a pretty small shop in Soho, but serves one of the best flat whites all around. No surprises there, it’s in the name after all. Flat White serves Square Mile coffee, they’ve got a special blend made just for them, just like their sister shop Milkbar.

ST.ALi

London ST.ALi

London ST.ALi

London III

London ST.ALi

London ST.ALi

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee roaster and great food place. We went to ST.ALi (note the lowercase i) for breakfast on a Saturday. While we were lucky to get seating, there was a very long line outside when we left. Rightly so, because food and coffee are very good. Highly recommended spot for breakfast. You can buy their coffee beans too. Also, their whole place is just beautiful.

Caravan

Also both roaster and food place in one, we went to Caravan for breakfast on a Monday, when it was understandably empty. Still, food and coffee (I had a very nice Tanzanian brew) are quite good. The toasted bread with avocados and chili flakes left a long-lasting impression on me.

Shoreditch Grind

London III

Coffee in London

Shoreditch Grind may be located on one of the worst roundabouts in London (there’s apartments on sale here too, in case you’re interested) it’s a great spot to grab a brew and gaze out on the traffic for a minute or two. It’s very warm inside when the sun’s shining in. It’s quite lovely.

Railroad

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Okay, so Railroad may be a bit off the beaten path here, being mainly a restaurant with great food, but they also serve great Square Mile Coffee. Loved their Moroccan eggs. The location is small, but comfy.

Climpson and Sons

London on Hasselblad II

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Located in the hipster part of Hackney, this is a pretty nice coffee shop, offering their own beans and roasts, though they’re mostly blends. The flat whites are legit, though there’s very likely to be a long line here. Totally worth it though, and sitting outside makes for a nice place to do people watching.

Look Mum, No Hands

London III

London III

This is the greatest idea for a coffee shop ever. One half is all about bikes, parts and bike repairs, while the other is all about serving great coffee, brewing Square Mile no less. They’re only serving milky espresso beverages, but they’re quite good. You can also buy some merch for your biking or coffee drinking needs.

Prufrock

Coffee in London

London IV

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Doesn’t get much geekier than Prufrock I think, at least in London. Everything’s here from a Trifecta to the woodneck. They’re serving Square Mile Coffee in all kinds of ways you can think of. Plus, there’s an abundance of great cake and a shelf filled with coffee geek accessories. Their main shop in Leather Lane is a must-visit for the aspiring coffee geek.

Espresso Room

Coffee in London

Being pretty much the only good coffee shop in the neighborhood, the Espresso Room is really just a small room with an espresso machine and some pastries. Great coffee, highly recommended if you’re in the Bloomsbury area, or if you happen to end up in the hospital across the street, which I hope won’t be the case.

Sensory Lab

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

Coffee in London

We made it here on pretty much the last minute. We had some time to spare until our flight back home, and I had some cash left, so we jumped in a cab, grabbed a coffee, snapped some pictures and headed back to Paddington to catch the next Heathrow Express. Coffee is pretty great, they’re serving both Square Mile and Has Bean coffee.

To be continued…

This list is by no means complete, there’s an abundance of coffee shops in London, but these are the ones we’ve been to and that I found worth mentioning. There’s great little books on coffee shops in London, like The Independent Cafe Guide or The London Coffee Guide. Also very helpful was the London Coffee Map, a handy iPhone app that tells you where the next coffee shop is in case of a caffeine emergency.

London I

And of course, there’s always that simple cup you can enjoy at home. Or in this case, in Mr. Ferry’s London home.

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10 thoughts on “Coffee in London

  1. Hi Mathias, a year in London and a coffee-crazy roommate from California completely spoiled my taste for coffee (in a good way, of course). Problem now: I’m back in Germany, and ideally, I would like to buy beans here rather than to have them shipped from e.g. London. Did you already find a German roaster which sells stuff you like? I would be curious to hear about your experience!
    Thanks,
    bene

  2. Bene,

    I understand what you’re after, but unfortunately, there’s not that many good roasters in Germany. You want to try out Phoenix, Backyard (haven’t tried them yet myself) or Five Elephant. Though I’d definitely recommend trying them all, don’t expect a California, especially San Francisco, like experience. It’s just not the same, but they’re slowly getting there.

    I still order most of my coffee from London or buy Square Mile at my favorite local coffee shop. Square Mile has a nice subscription which I love, and so does Has Bean.

  3. Cool, thanks, I’ll give them a shot! (To clarify, I’ve never tried coffee in CA, but my friend from there dragged me to all the good places in London, so those are my gold standard 🙂 ).

  4. Lovely images and thanks for sharing the coffee jungle in London. Next time I am in London I have to check in on this blog post. Greetings from Edinburgh!

  5. What to do is: get the DisLoyalty Card and do the whole thing. Go to BOTH Prufrocks, in Shoreditch and Leather Lane. My favorite is still Espresso Room. I am grateful for the sudden uplift in London coffee. And for the arrival of Hario coffee gear.

  6. Quick update:
    There are a few shops in Berlin that are very worth checking out: Five Elephant (as you mentioned, good roasts, and amazing cheesecake), The Barn Roastery (mostly serve Square Mile, but will be roasting soon – very serious about their coffee), Bonanze Coffee Heroes (roast both espresso and some nice filters), No Fire No Glory (serve a lot of Coffee Collective, but also Has Bean/Square Mile/etc), Cafe CK, Chapter One, and Oslo Kaffeebar. Give them a try when you pass through!

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