Turning a Victorian gent’s toilet into a coffee shop is no small feat. Particularly when the baristas are this committed to serving up the perfect coffee for each customer. These guys don’t just serve up the Status Quo, they love the coffee craft and they know it like the back of their hands. The icing on the cake is of course the intimacy of the space and the beautiful classic meets modern interior.
Prufrock are such coffee experts, that not only are you guaranteed an amazing cup of coffee here, they are also fulfilling their dream of sharing the knowledge. Since 2009, they’ve dreamt of training baristas and now it’s a reality. Their very own founder Gwilym Davies won the 2009 World Barista Champion award. If you love food with your coffee, their head chef is a master in the kitchen.
If you prefer your coffee with a side of bicycling, then Look Mum No Hands is the place for you. Their colourful cafe and flair for cycling will keep you busy and entertained. If you would like to enjoy your sumptuous coffee while getting your bike fixed, then this is definitely a place you need to be hanging out. Full of fellow bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers. Their blog is fab, they share their coffee adventures. Their one about cold brewing is a personal fave.
Tap Coffee is a favourite among the team at HelloFresh. When we have a spare moment in the day, a gaggle of us normally head down to Wardour street, where you can watch them roasting their coffee beans and have a cup (or two) of the lovely stuff. It’s got a lovely warm, cosy vibe with lots of lovely (massive) pastries and cakes. If you ever find yourself on Oxford street feeling frazzled by the crowds and queues, just head down here. It’s a calming haven with a lovely team.
Cà Phê VN is a place where you can find the most delectable and authentic Vietnamese coffee around. You can find it at Saigon Street cafe Broadway Market every Saturday. They source, blend, roast and import all their coffee directly from Vietnam. You can really taste the red soils of Vietnam… if you have ever been to Ho Chi Minh City, a cup of their Viet Mac will transport you back to those streets! They want to bring Vietnam to you and they are doing a cracking job. MMmmmm – condensed milk in your coffee? Naughty, but very VERY nice.
The Haberdashery are passionate about coffee and that’s obvious. Because they just can’t get enough of the stuff, they serve it by the bowlful! Their brunch is also one that you CAN NOT miss – it’s just too divine. We love Nude Espresso, and these guys get their coffee beans directly from Nude Espressos roastery. Not only do the Haberdashery offer a great coffee, the also have lots of delicious trimmings to give you a whole dining experience.
For us, Nude Espresso produces some of our favourite beans in their roastery. So, if you’re a true, hardcore coffee lover and you aren’t impressed by frills but by the actual good stuff. This is your spot. So, clear your Saturday, head down there with a good book ( or a colouring book… apparently they are all the rage at the moment) and spend the day tasting cup after cup of their famous house blends.
Their coffee makes us ooze with satisfaction. So does their altruistic approach to coffee. Not only do they only use the Goldfinger Factory for any work they need in their shops which, a London based learning hub for the training and support of London’s most disadvantaged residents, they also sell Thirsty planet water and this in turn supports Pump Aid, providing safer water in South African townships. If you want a cuppa with a heart of gold, head down to Chancery Lane.
Tales of Alchemy span literature through the ages – most recently in Harry Potter. Turning matter into gold is one thing, but turning coffee beans into coffee as good as they serve at Alchemy is quite another. We’ll have the coffee thanks! We adore their display of different coffee brewing techniques on their counters. This is another one of our favourite London roasteries. So, for beans that have been roasted to perfection, wander down to Ludgate Broadway.
The Shoreditch Grind is on Old Street. It’s very close to our favourite Cerviche restaurant AND the coffee is fabulous. I do have to say that many of us have decided that we love the Grind for it’s buzz. And this buzz is cemented because not only is the Grind a coffee bar, it’s also a cocktail bar. So, if your friend just wants a coffee but your more on a Pina Colada vibe, you can still have a chinwag together at the Grind.
8 Ludgate Broadway
London EC4V 6DU
The Shoreditch Grind:
213 Old Street
London, EC1V 9NR
So, those are our top 10 London coffee shops. We are always on the hunt for delicious coffee… do you know any places we absolutely must visit?