London have come a long way since the time when instant coffee was inescapable. Today, the London coffee scene is evolving and rapidly developing its own identity within specialty coffee. In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of coffee culture in the capital and it is very much driven by independent spirit, quality, innovation and personality. As the city’s coffee scene continues to grow, check out our list for the best coffee shops in London.
Small Coffee shop in a cool and minimal space featuring sleek concrete countertops and a monochrome palette of cool greys, white and black. The focus here is coffee but you'll find a small section of baked goods as well an assortment of Mast Brothers Chocolate.
Coffee shop and roastery tucked behind Old Street roundabout in Shoreditch. The large and industrial space offers exceptional coffee, roasted on site, along with a menu of New Zealand inspired brunch options.
This is the third branch of TAP Coffee but don’t be surprised if it’s not the last. TAP Coffee has earned their place on the specialty coffee map as they were one of the first coffee shops to offer a selection of espresso blends, as well as an ever changing menu of coffee from artisanal roasters. That being a time when finding a place serving specialty coffee at all, let alone such an interesting and varied selection, made them a coffee lover’s haven. Today, they are roasting their own beans and continues to be the perfect place for customers to witness the artistry of coffee making.
Popular coffee shop among young professionals, offering high quality coffee made from beans by London's leading roasters. Housed in an old tea warehouse, it's space has kept much to it's original character, featuring exposed brick and steel.
Prufrock Coffee has achieved cult status in London as they have gained recognition for their innovative methods and tireless pursuit of coffee excellence. The highly respected coffee shop is the perfect place to see unusual brew methods and taste rare coffees. The talented crew at Prufrock have collectively gathered an impression amount of awards and accolades as they are led by Gwilym Davies, the 2009 World Barista Champion. The focus on quality, coupled with their inviting and relaxed atmosphere is why Prufrock continuously shines amid their competition.
Popular coffee shops in London known for its exceptional standards in coffee. Inspired by the great coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Australian owner Peter Dore-Smith provides customers with excellent coffee along with fresh, seasonal food and baked goods.
There may be queues of people lining out the door and onto the pavement at Monmouth coffee but it is definitely worth the wait. Monmouth Coffee sets high standards for quality and ethical trading and meets them consistently. Delicious espressos, cappuccinos and lattes are served here, but the brewed coffees from their outstanding range are the stars as they offer single-origin coffee from beans that are sourced from farms, estates and cooperatives from around the world. Food consists of a small range of top-notch baked goods.
Located near the bustling Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets, Nude Espresso is a popular destination for coffee lovers. At Nude Espresso, obtaining the finest quality coffee is their labor of love as they travel the world, hand selecting only the fittest, ripest green beans for their Roastery. Their beans are popping up in many new cafes around East London and it is not hard to understand why as their beans are roasted to perfection and packed with a flavor.