This week is UK Coffee Week and to celebrate we take a look at the best coffee in London. From artisanal-style coffee to much-Instagrammed flat whites, we have found some of the places for coffee in the capital. The city’s residents are known for their love of coffee, with countless roasteries, cafés and shops serving up their version of the perfect brew. Home to a number of independent coffee houses, London has seen a new wave of coffee makers focusing on carefully sourced beans from the world’s best coffee regions. Join the coffee revolution with our guide to the best coffee hotspots in London here.
Climpson & Sons
Hackney-based roastery Climpson & Sons is a pioneer of the east London coffee scene known for its espresso blends and single-origin beans. Its café on Broadway Market is a perfect place to sample great flavours and ethical roasts. The focus on sourcing and roasting quality green beans has made the café a favourite in the area, with queues often wrapping round the building. With decaf, seasonal espresso and a variety of cakes on offer, it’s the perfect to head before a wander around London Fields.
Climpson & Sons, 67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, +44 (0)20 7254 7199
Considered to be in the premier league of the city’s new wave of roastery-cum-coffee shops, Workshop Coffee is intent on bringing the best coffee to the city thanks to its rigorous testing policy. Its Clerkenwell café is the place to try the Cult of Done espresso, an indulgent mix of cocoa, maple syrup and sultana flavours, as well as the Buf Espresso, with notes of apricot, berries and dark chocolate. The Clerkenwell haunt is also a favourite brunch spot serving an array of breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
Workshop Coffee, 27 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RN, +44 (0)20 7253 5754
The Monocle Café
Marylebone hosts some of London’s best niche boutiques and quirky stores, and is also home to one of the capital’s best coffee shops. The Monocle Café was founded in 2007 by Wallpaper magazine founder Tyler Brûlé, and its sleek minimalist interior is a perfect reflection of the hip design and culture magazine. A perfect place to relax after an afternoon of shopping, the café’s Scandi-chic interiors, monochrome takeaway cups and fusion pastries make it irresistible to the Instagram generation, while the richly flavoured Allpress coffee is the ideal pick-me-up.
The Monocle Café, 18 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QA, +44 (0)20 7135 2040
Fernandez & Wells
With hand-chosen blends and seasonally changing menus, Fernandez & Wells is a must-visit for discerning coffee lovers. One of the main draws of this Soho café – part of a small London chain – is the Stumpy, a cross between a macchiato and a flat white served in an iconic Duralex glass and trademarked by Fernandez & Wells. The in-demand espresso-based drink is the perfect way to kickstart the day, especially when drunk leisurely over one of the filled croissants or toasted sandwiches. Cured meats, cheeses and wines are also a big part of what Fernandez & Wells has to offer.
Fernandez & Wells, 43 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AL, +44 (0)20 7734 1546
Located in the vibrant heart of Soho, Flat White flies the flag for artisanal coffee in the area. The Antipodean-style independent café is famous for the humble flat white, traditionally served with a shot of espresso in a small cup with textured milk. With all shots served as a double as standard, this is the perfect place for a morning or post-shopping pick-me-up. While the coffee beans are from Drop Coffee Roasters, a Swedish outfit, the food is a nod to Aussie/Kiwi heritage. Championing an all-day breakfast of bagels, toasties and artisanal pastries, Flat White is a must visit.
Flat White, 17 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PT, +44 (0)20 7734 0370