Top 10 Coffee Shops
If you are into coffee, London is heaven on earth for you. Over the past decade speciality coffee has taken flight in our rainy capital, spurred on and nurtured by the antipodeans – Australia was where the craze started. The knowledge and care that is being put into the business is unrivalled and more than ever the coffee shop has become a way to escape the dreary monotony of the office. United by a ‘raw’ aesthetic of exposed brickwork and bare wooden surfaces, the focus is truly on quality and simplicity; whether it is food or coffee, the motto seems to be to aim high with an air of nonchalance. Often small independents, you’ll find these places in the backstreets, away from the hurrying crowds and the high street brands. As they are often a little hard to find, LoveCamden has set aside the best speciality coffee shops in the borough for you.
1. The Espresso Room
The smallest of coffee shops in the borough, The Espresso Room has one of the biggest reputations for quality and friendliness amongst coffee lovers. Serving Square Mile roasts from a Synesso machine, and although the shop itself comprises not much more than a few square feet and the main seating consists of two benches outside, Espresso Room is undoubtedly a giant in coffee land.
For more info see: facebook.com/theespressoroom
2. Store Street Espresso
As discussed before in our Places To Learn post, Store Street Espresso finds itself somewhere between academic dug out and coffee business. Although seating is limited, it ends up pretty much packed every day with students and the occasional visiting mom. With bright, sunny lights, a menu offering great cakes and lunch, and both house and guest coffees from great roasters such as Square Mile, Store Street Espresso never disappoints.
For more info see: www.storestespresso.co.uk
Established in Covent Garden in 1978 (!), Monmouth Coffee is probably one of the best-known coffee companies in London. Although they don’t roast in London anymore, their original site still stands as a café, selling great coffee to those who need it. Meticulously involved with the entire process of coffee production, Monmouth holds curiosity and equal trade to a high standard. They sell their beans in store, or you can order them online as well!
For more info see: www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk
4. The Attendant
One of London’s most hidden coffee shops, The Attendant is located in an old public toilet. Yes, truly. Only announced by the Victorian metal frame on the corner of Foley Street, it is easy to pass this beauty by. Descending into the earth is great coffee and a passion for great food, served on high-rise tables that are flanked by the original porcelain urinals designed by Doulton & Co in 1890. You’re in for a treat!
For more info see: www.the-attendant.com
5. Holborn Grind
After the Shoreditch Grind made its debut, the venture opened its Holborn location as part of the Hoxton Hotel next door. The small venue serves great flat whites, beers, and fantastic cocktails. Our favourite are their Old Fashions - perfect for a classy, after work meet-up!
For more info see: www.grind.co.uk/holborngrind
Caravan’s Saturday brunches are amongst the most popular in the city, get there early to secure a table. The early rise is all worth it. Their experimental, antipodean-inspired menu is to-die-for, and the coffee always on point. During the week, Love Camden recommends getting a cheeky glass of bubbles at the bar after work.
For more info see: www.caravanrestaurants.co.uk/kings-cross
Our editor’s favourite artisan coffee spot at Camden Market is a great place to get some work done during the week. With a quiet atmosphere (mind you, it gets very busy on the weekend), friendly staff and relaxing tunes, this little gem has a very local feel to it. Their cakes are delicious, and if you’re more than a little hungry, they have excellent sandwiches available.
For more info see: lantanacafe.co.uk/lantana-cafe-camden
Proofrock is somewhat of a legend amongst coffee connoisseurs. Responsible for producing some of the best barista’s in town, and always on to look out to improve their products, Prufrock is as good as it gets if you’re into coffee. For those who would like to learn the trade, they offer some amazing courses and events on their website.
For more info see: www.prufrockcoffee.com
9. TAP Coffee
Tottenham Court Road can get a little crazy. After a day of shopping (or before) all you want is a nice place to sit and some friendly service. TAP has been around for a while, offering exactly that. This is your chance to have some great coffee, and do some people watching while you’re at it.
For more info see: www.tapcoffee.co.uk
10. Ginger & White
Fear not, there is great coffee to be found further away from the city’s centre, too. Ginger and White has been a long time local presence in Hampstead, and the place to be for families. Serving a mix of British classics with an antepodean twist, this little haven has everything you would expect from a local, family run business, and more.
For more info see: www.gingerandwhite.com