The best coffeeshops in London

When I first arrived in London two years ago, fresh off the plane, I needed a coffee.  I made my way through Heathrow and went up to the first coffeeshop I saw and scanned the menu.  Cappucino, Latte, Espresso, Flat White (“whatever that is” I thought)…but no just..coffee?

Yes that’s right.  There’s a severe dearth of what, as an American, I know of as coffee in this city. Something commonly known in the UK as “filter” coffee or what I’ve seen jokingly referred to as “redneck coffee”. But that does not mean that there aren’t some of the best coffeeshops in the world if you look hard enough.


Palm Vaults

I’ll start with one of my favorites, Palm Vaults.  I first came across this when Ashley showed me the colorful pink lattes on Instagram and said sure why not?  We went there, I tried the Golden Latte with oat milk and was instantly sold.  The Golden Latte has turmeric in it and adds a very unique spin on a latte.

The colorful decor and verdant interior take you to another place and time and make for a great place to chat, hang out and try one of the many vegan desserts on offer.

Address: 411 Mare St, London E8 1HY

Hours:

Saturday 8am–5pm
Sunday 10am–5pm
Monday 8am–5pm
Tuesday 8am–5pm
Wednesday 8am–5pm
Thursday 8am–5pm
Friday 8am–5pm

Kaffeine

Kaffeine is a place that brings Australian coffee culture to the UK.  What I loved from Kaffeine, and what I highly recommend, is the concept of the coffee flight.  A great way to sample several different drinks.

You get a shot of espresso, a coffee berry tea palate cleansar then a single-shot flat white.  Recommended for a fun alternative to just grabbing your standard go-to.

Address: 66 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7QJ

Hours:

Saturday 8:30am–6pm
Sunday 9am–5pm
Monday 7:30am–6pm
Tuesday 7:30am–6pm
Wednesday 7:30am–6pm
Thursday 7:30am–6pm
Friday 7:30am–6pm

Chloe Espresso

I love going to Chloe’s Espresso for two reasons.  The consistently reliable lattes and Americanos and the mascot: the small white Westie pup that roams freely around the block (pictured above).

It’s a tiny place inside but there is outdoor seating, and being located in the heart of Primrose Hill you can take in the colorful houses, joggers and general positive vibe abound.

Address: 123 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8BE

Hours:

Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday Closed
Monday 8am–4pm
Tuesday 8am–4pm
Wednesday 8am–4pm
Thursday 8am–4pm
Friday 8am–4pm

Ginger & White

Ginger & White isn’t exclusively a coffeeshop, as they also offer an amazing brunch menu and other items but the coffee is fantastic.  A quick scan of their coffee menu shows a significant amount of care and attention going into the selection of roast and brewing process.

A great place to come before noon and grab an eggs florentine and a flat white.

Address: 2 England’s Ln, London NW3 4TG

Hours:

Saturday 8:30am–5:30pm
Sunday 8:30am–5:30pm
Monday 7:30am–5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am–5:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am–5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am–5:30pm
Friday 7:30am–5:30pm

Shoreditch Grind

The -Grind coffeeshops are a few in London, the one I frequent most is Shoreditch Grind.  It is conveniently located just off Old Street station and serves up great coffee and now recently have introduced beetroot, turmeric and matcha lattes.  If you fancy an alcoholic kick you can have an espresso martini as well from their bar.

A great place both mid-day and late at night.

Address: 213 Old St, London EC1V 9NR

Hours:

Saturday 8am–1am
Sunday 9am–7pm
Monday 7am–11pm
Tuesday 7am–11pm
Wednesday 7am–11pm
Thursday 7am–11pm
Friday 7am–1am

I’ve been to numerous coffeeshops across London and these ones are the ones that have stood out to me the most.  I’m sure there are dozens more I have yet to explore and some that could soon be new favorites.   If you’ve got any that need to be added to this list let me know which one and why!

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