9 Best Coffeehouses in London
The best coffeehouses don’t just need to make a good brew; they need a welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and space to relax as well the option to work. The likes of Starbucks and Costa tempt us at every corner. We, however, have trust in the independent caffeine connoisseurs to deliver us the perfect start to the morning. As the nights come quicker and the days get colder, we’ve looked into the best places to hunker down, cosy up in and watch the world go by all whilst clutching one of London’s most satisfying cups of coffee.
Located around the corner from Freedom HQ on the bottom floor of the Hoxton Hotel, the popular Holborn Grind is known for its exceptional artisanal coffee and amazingly helpful staff. From the perfect location for morning meetings (the poached eggs are to die for) to winding down with an espresso martini after a busy working day, the Grind is our go to local coffeehouse in London.
Originating as a Greek independent, this West End caffeine haven is the Mediterranean’s first London outpost. It may seem generic from the outside but they’ve done their homework where it counts. With a lot of space to unwind, the extensive menu of everything coffee - including coffee milkshakes and Espresso’s ‘On The Rocks’ – will not disappoint. If you’re feeling adventurous, customers can also customise their own blend and also choose how it is brewed. What tickles your fancy; AeroPress or Syphon?
There’s no surprise that this Australian operation has become a staple of the London coffee scene; given the undisputed reputation of coffees Down Under. Located just off of Oxford Street, this perfect hideaway knows a thing or two about flat whites. The interior is very small so get there early to grab yourself a spot inside. Croissants, rolls and pies make up a very delicious looking counter top, but we’ve heard the tasty fruit salad tart is a must. Of course, the coffee steals the show, and with talented baristas making beautiful music from the Synesso Cyncra espresso machines, we understand why. No explanation needed for the for five staff working when the doors open at 7:30am.
But First Coffee
Since its opening eighteen months ago, this independent coffee shop has become a neighbourhood hub for coffee eccentrics. Run by a local North London couple who have tried to turn the spot into a living room rather than a shop; But First Coffee is the perfect place to get some work done away from the busy streets of London. The coffee is actually provided by the prolific Ozone Coffee Roasters and you must arrive early to try their famous cinnamon pastries.
Spacious Leather Lane cafe, Prufrock Coffee, was created by former World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies. As well as serving top-notch espresso’s with milk (by the ounce), it runs a barista-training centre for pros and amateurs to practice making the best cup. For those who don’t want espresso, perfectly brewed coffees are made using several different methods like Kone, Pour Over and Chemex.
Look Mum No Hands!
Pioneers of the cycling cafe trend, Look Mum No Hands take the ‘have a coffee whilst you get your flat repaired’ to the full limit. Staple beans come from no other then Square Mile’s popular Red Brick Blend but there are also guest coffees too. LMNH offer a busy atmosphere, spacious settings and friendly baristas that know their business. It’s wheely good!
Wilton Way Cafe
This perfectly supplied, independently owned cafe does not mess around when it comes to local sourcing. With beans form the nearby Climpson & Sons, dishes from Brindisa and meat from The Ginger Pig, the results are hardly going to be sub-standard. One thing to note is that the cafe is home to the London Fields Radio, which is hosted from the corner of the room; thus some visits can get a little noisy. If you can plug-in and block out the noise, this busy boutique will please every caffeine lover.
Established in 1942, we have to mention HR Higgins’ Duke Street branch which feels like a 19th century central European salon; think copper-clad counters, Vitra chairs and bespoke tiling. If you’re not too sure on what to order simply ask their knowledgeable baristas for navigation around their extensive menu of beans and specialist blends.
Monmouth Coffee Company
This mocha-frappu free zone has customers queuing outside; possibly due to the little seating inside, hence the long bench for temp stayers outside the residence. Away from the little space to work, this coffee hotspot sells organic beans (whole and ground) from hand-picked farms and cooperatives. Again, make sure you’re in there early otherwise you will miss out on the other main attraction; the pastries.
So, there you have it; our top spots in London to get your caffeine fix. Be sure to try them out and let us know what you think...