17 London Coffee Shops To Visit…

1. Kaffeine



One of the great Aussie/Kiwi-influenced cafés in London (see also: Flat White), Kaffeine takes its coffee seriously. For example, its baristas must have at least three years of training.

Kaffeine has two locations, both based near Oxford Circus.

2. Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons

Where better to drink coffee, than at a café that roasts its own beans? Climpson and Sons have a wide range (three blends and six single origin coffees), which they roast nearby. They use a selection in the café, but customers can always request certain blends they’d like to try. You can also buy their blends online.

The café is based on Broadway Market.

3. Monmouth


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Truly delicious coffee that needs little introduction. Monmouth’s beans are chosen from all around the world, and really pack a punch.

Monmouth’s roastery is based in Bermondsey and has a café attached, with two other locations in Covent Garden and Borough.

4. Store Street Espresso

Store Street Espresso

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Store Street serves up coffee two ways – bulk brew or pour over (plus cold brew in the warmer seasons). They also recently competed in the Aeropress Championship of England.

Store Street is based near Tottenham Court Road and their sister café is inBloomsbury.

5. TAP


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Formerly known as Tapped and Packed, TAP is passionate about coffee. They even offer free workshops to help you make better coffee in your own home.

TAP has three locations – all in central London.

6. Bar Italia

A Soho institution, Bar Italia has been going since 1949. The coffee menu is short (Espresso, Cappucino, Caffelatte, Mocha, Black Coffee, White Coffee), but it knows what it’s doing.

7. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

DOCSA are obsessed with bringing you the best possible cup of coffee. They’re committed to social responsibilty too.

Bonus! Their sourdough toast is spectacular.

There are nine locations, all over London.

8. Prufrock Coffee

Prufrock Coffee

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It’d be silly to go to Leather Lane and not stop in at Prufrock. A great range of blends, and a staff who really know what they’re doing. (One of their directors is aworld barista champion.) Also, their take-away cups are beyond cute.

The cafe is based near Farringdon.

9. Shoreditch Grind

Shoreditch Grind

Shoreditch Grind

Shoreditch Grind is reliably good, and in a very accesible location (just by Old Street roundabout). The best thing? In the evening, they start making espresso martinis.

There are three other locations: Holborn, London Bridge and Soho.

10. Caravan

There are two locations Exmouth Market and King’s Cross.

11. Nude Espresso

There are two locations: Brick Lane and Soho Square.

12. Fernandez and Wells

There are six locations: four in Soho, Somerset House and the Strand.

13. Grind Coffee

Grind Coffee

Grind Coffee

A South-West London fave, Grind’s chai latte is worth travelling for. They grind theirown beans, and their Anzac biscuits are magic.

If you’re not near Putney, Grind is also located in Stratford and has a roastery in Wandsworth.

14. Camden Coffee House

Camden Coffee House

Camden Coffee House

Using Hasbean beens, Camden Coffee House is a great indie spot. Focused on supporting the local community too (from local milk to local cakes), it punches above its weight.

15. Notes Roastery

It’s hard to miss Notes – whether it’s at one of their four locations (King’s Cross, Moorgate, Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square) or one of their roaming coffee carts.

16. Nordic Bakery

Nordic Bakery

Nordic Bakery

Decent filter coffee + fresh cinnamon buns (or, as above, an almond twist) = one of life’s most enduring pleasures.

There are three locations, all in central London.

17. Tamp Coffee

Tamp Coffee


A friendly indie coffee shop, with a loyal local following. If you’re hungry, they serveCrossTown Doughnuts too.

The café is based in Chiswick.



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