8 OF LONDON'S VERY BEST COFFEE SHOPS FOR RELAXING AND REFUELLING
Are you sick to death of terrible, burnt coffee from mediocre chains? Can't stand the sight of an unfashionable, unbranded coffee cup? Me too. I have been busy on an epic bean hunt and have collated 8 of London's very best coffee hot spots, designed to satisfied your need for the real deal of caffeine rocket fuel. This is the closest you will get to a professional legal high in the city.
All 8 hot spots below have been approved for great vibes and brilliant coffee - ideal for business meetings, diplomatic break ups (I can give tips), parental meet-ups, thoughtful moments, reading afternoons, hot dates and focused freelancing. If there are any other great spots i've missed, drop me a line, i'd be pleased to investigate!
1.) Nude Espresso, Spitalfields
I first visited Nude Espresso many moons ago when I was an East London jewellery intern and in desperate need of a pick-me-up after one too many nights on the razzle dazzle. Overworked and underpaid, I was desperate to feel alive again. Nude does not disappoint! Head to Hanbury Street for their signature East Blend in slow brew and batch filter options, brunches, salads and rolls.
Nude Espresso | 26 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR
2.) Taylor St Baristas, Chancery Lane
This cafe's got it all: an a la carte food menu inspired by the kinda food coming out Sydney, Melbourne's and New York's best cafes; a curated selection of craft beers and low intervention wines; and, of course, Taylor St's world class coffees. 3 single origins available on drip filter, as well as 3 options for espresso. You're spoilt for choice Monday - Friday, 7am - 7pm.
3.) Harris + Hoole, Fulham
Harris + Hoole is a chain of artisan coffee shops made up of experienced, passionate coffee lovers. They have poured hours of training into their coffee world, bringing you a better cup of coffee. The food is outstanding (my personal favourite is the Proper Toastie - it made me cry with love). Fail proof for meetings, freelancing sessions, dates and friendly catch-ups.
4.) The Hubbard & Bell Cafe at The Hoxton, Holburn
A stone’s throw from Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Bloomsbury and Farringdon, in Holborn, you’re never far from anything. My brother and I recently met at The Hubbard & Bell Cafe with a mutual friend, there is an excellent vibe and fantastic Origin Coffee from a bespoke La Marzocco machine, cold-pressed juices, and baked goods including brownie, sticky buns and loaf cakes.
5.) London Grind, London Bridge
London Grind is a buzzing riverside espresso bar, cocktail bar and restaurant, housed in a former bank at 2 London Bridge, above Borough Market. London Grind is a discerning brunch and dinner spot for south of the river. If you're feeling fun, order the Grind Espresso Martini (Grind House Blend, vodka, sugar) or a Hot Flat White Russian (Grind House Blend, vodka, coffee liqueur, milk). They are excellent.
6.) Workshop Coffee, Marylebone
Workshop Coffee is just moments from one of the busiest shopping streets in the world, inside St. Christophers Place. Fully focused on great coffee you'll also find simple and well-procure food with humble hospitality. A powder blue Synesso espresso machine steals the show, processing brewed-to-order filter coffee from the AeroPress and batch brew from the Fetco CBS.
7.) Tomtom Coffee House, Belgravia
On the corner of Belgravia's Elizabeth Street lies Tomtom, where you will discover beans from Brazil, espresso, Ethiopia, Filter Coffee, Eggs Benedict, Cuba and the Tomtom Toastie. Explore India, bacon butties, Columbia, cakes, pastries, Costa Rica, wine and Beer, breakfast, Guatemala, soups and specials! Coffee is made from Tomtom's own roast beans by an expert barista.
8.) Kaffeine, Fitzrovia
Inspired by the amazing coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Kaffeine is an independently owned cafe and espresso bar with two locations in London's Fitzrovia, just 5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road. Discover them for yourself if you can manage to get a table! This place is super popular with locals and freelancers.