London’s Best Coffee Shops
It cannot be overstated how much good coffee there is to drink in London. You’re never more than a corner’s turn from a trusted chain, and rooting around for somewhere to get a good fix in such a large city can be pretty daunting. But worry not; we’ve been out there searching high and low to bring you some of London’s finest grinds.
Clerkenwell has become a somewhat coffee haven in recent years, and right at the end of the road, you will find Workshop Coffee. You can find four different Workshop branches in London, but I do believe that this one is the best. Cool, and dimly lit, the tables are worked around a large bar, where you can sit and brood over your morning paper, and at the back sits a hefty roaster. All sorts of foods are served, and I would highly recommend it as a spot to eat. And the coffee itself is deliciously good. There’s a nice, tight selection of Aeropress blends along with the best Americano I have ever tasted. This is coffee worth traveling across town for.
27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN
Monday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7:30 – 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
This place is like a mirage at the top of mountainous climb out of Old Street tube station. It’s a chilled out hub on the edge of a blaring crossroad, donned in the style of an old-school cinema. The coffee there is roasted specifically for them, and the blends change with the season. Incredibly smooth, and reasonably priced; it’s the perfect place for you morning brew. But if that’s not enough, the Grind also has its own music studio, and the café itself is open late every night for drinks. What more could we ask for?
213 Old Street, EC1V 9NR
Monday – Thurday: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Friday – 7:00am – 1:00am
Saturday – 8:00am – 1:00am
Sunday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
TAPPED AND PACKED
One does not come across Tapped and Packed easily, but once you’ve found it, you will never forget it. The name of the shop is not written anywhere, just the street number, a bike, and dark grey paneling. This place was recommended to me under the pretenses that the filter coffee will “blow my mind”, and it did just that. There’s a lot to try, and the staff are always incredibly helpful. There are three Tapped sites in Central London, and at peak times, they can get pretty busy, but you never feel rushed through. The vibe is fantastic, and the loyalty cards are neat, too.
193 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZF
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Everyone now recognises Brick Lane as London’s home or Vintage and Bric-a-brac, and if you’re in need of a caffeine kick to start off your market trawls, Nude is the place for you. Located on a side street, and opposite its own roaster, Nude pride themselves on craft. Everything is prepared on site, so you can expect quality control to be very high. The staff are very helpful, and clearly know and love their coffee. It’s worth going there to just sample all their different blends. And don’t worry if East London is not your vibe, there’s also a nifty little branch on Soho Square.
26 Hanbury Street, EC1 6QR
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
When I’m asked to think of a top quality coffee shop, Kaffiene always springs to mind. It’s sleek and simplistic, and all about the good stuff. Its heart is based in Australia and New Zealand, but its body is in Fitzrovia; nice and central, so it can never be forgotten. You have to have three solid years of Barista experience to work there, so with that kind of dedication, you can expect the standards to be high. The café itself can sometimes feel a bit tight, but at the right time of day it’s the perfect place to take a moment away from the chaos that is city life.
66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QJ
Monday – Friday: 7:40am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm