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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!