Top 10: Best Quirky Iced Coffee in LondonBy Mayola Fernandes
As temperatures in London peak, take full advantage by strolling to one of these London hotspots for the best chilled coffees around. Here’s where to find the best iced coffee in London – happy sipping, folks:
The Lowdown: Ralph Lauren’s pop-up Ralph’s Coffee shop is open for a limited time only on New Bond Street, on the ground floor of the Ralph Lauren boutique. If you find yourself overheating on a busy day out, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a fashionable Iced Latte to go, with Ralph himself’s favourite brownie. Ralph’s special blends are roasted and packaged by La Colombe in the US, using organically grown beans from Central and South America and Africa.
Where: 173 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4JQ
The Lowdown: Home to some of the best iced coffee in London, Located in Fitzrovia, JOLT use an exclusive selection of single-origin beans and blends, roasted locally at Nude. Alongside classic coffees, you’ll be able to enjoy “Spanish lattes” – coffee marbled with condensed milk, and pistachio lattes, masterfully blended to complement their espresso base. JOLT’s signatures include ‘black ice’, where cubes of frozen coffee melt under hot milk, and refreshing cups of cold brew and tonic. What better ice-cold beverage to sip on in the rising summer heat?
Where: 40-41 Great Castle St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8LU
The Lowdown: Caffè Nero and Fever-Tree have partnered up to create the ultimate crisp and revitalising summer serve made using their award-winning Tonic Waters. Hand crafted by expert baristas in-store, the tonic is lovingly poured over ice and topped with a double shot of fresh espresso, which is added slowly to create a stunning two-toned ombré effect, finished with a slice of lemon. This is the perfect drink to help you cool down this summer, not to mention how Instagramable it looks!
Where: Caffè Nero
The Lowdown: If you like your coffee alcoholic, Mayfair’s Anatolian restaurant Ruya offers the ultimate luxurious Turkish Espresso Martini experience, using finely ground Turkish coffee – The Fal ‘Espresso’ Martini with Rum Sixty Six 6 yo, Turkish Coffee, Milky Oolong and Caramelized Cocoa Nibs. Probably the best iced coffee in London for a boozy hit; with coffee this good, it would be rude not to order one of their small plates, you’ll find an array of flavoursome dishes on their menu creating the perfect drink and dine experience.
Where: 30 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PH
The Lowdown: Kwant is the hot new cocktail bar by cocktail supremo Erik Lorincz, former head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar. Lorincz serves a twist on a classic, a delicious coffee Negroni. It’s based in Mayfair so it’s an ideal location to get to, bordering leafy Hyde Park.
Where: 23-25 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BH
The Lowdown: The boundaries of coffee and mixology are becoming increasingly blurred, and Esquires Coffee brand new Black & Tonic, a combination of coffee and tonic, is a delicious example of this. Esquires Fairtrade espresso brings a rich depth of flavour, which is complimented and lifted by the bright, tangy and citrus-y notes from the tonic and a mouth-watering wedge of orange. Their store in Putney serve up a delicious iced latte, a shot of rich, fairtrade espresso with either milk or a wide selection of alternative milks. They are offering a trio comprising of Black & Tonic, Iced Chocolate and Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Tea. So whether you fancy the heady mix of espresso and tonic, are craving a chocolate hit or after something fruity and refreshing, there’s a flavour for all.
Where: Available in all Esquires Coffee stores nationwide, including London stores in Putney, Twickenham and Balham, from £3.
The Lowdown: Jude’s has recently launched their brand-new milkshake range, including Flat White Coffee which is the perfect concoction to give you a much-needed energy boost on busy summer days ahead! The range comes three flavours: Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Flat White Coffee. If you’re in search of a rich coffee-based beverage, you’ve met your match, their Flat White Coffee is made from 100% Arabica beans which give it a flavourful and punchy hit; the chocolate milkshake is crafted with a cocoa blend for a smooth chocolatey treat, and the Salted Caramel is designed to bring the flavour experience of Jude’s legendary ice cream flavour to a smooth and delicious drink. Get drinking!
Where: All the available places to purchase are listed here.
The Lowdown: If you’re not feeling the caffeine boost head over to the world’s most luxurious French tea emporium, Mariage Frères. The breath-taking range features over 18 blends to enjoy at home or pick up the ‘flavour of the day’ at the store’s iced tea bar, popping up just in time for summer. Each tea from the summer collection is encased in beautiful apothecary-style hand-blown glass bottles with stunning labels depicting each tea’s distinct style. A must-try is the Tokyo Mojito, a twist on the classic summer cocktail with flavours of mint, lime, yuzu and Jardin Premier green tea, as well as the new Cactus Bleu tea blend, a unique composition of blue tea enriched with real pieces of cactus, known for being high in antioxidants, minerals and fiber. You can also keep cool with freshly brewed iced tea to-go from the pop-up iced tea ground floor bar.
Where: Mariage Frères, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JS
The Lowdown: The Apple Blue Patisserie is a London local cafe in Balham where they serve handmade patisseries, exceptional coffees and delicious brunch. This is the perfect spot to grab an iced-cold drink to-go, you’ll be able to choose from their exciting selection of flavours which include: Iced apple blue latte (a shot of cinnamon blue pea flower tea and oat milk, tasted like apple crumble), Iced Chailatte (house spiced chai with the creamiest oat milk around) and for a sweeter palette the Iced Chocolate (thick dark dark chocolate ganache made with 75% Belgian dark, cream and milk). They also reward loyal customers with loyalty stamps for free coffees, so get sipping!
Where: 212 Balham High Rd, Balham, London SW12 9BS
The Lowdown: Forget your standard iced latte, at The Rude Health Cafe by Putney Bridge you can order an iced latte with any of their nine dairy-alternative drinks included Almond, Oat, Hazelnut, Coconut…the list goes on. Probably the best iced coffee in London for dairy-free drinkers; you’ll also find their iced horchata on the menu, a coffee-less latte made with their Tiger Nut Drink, a drop of vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.
Where: Rude Health Cafe, 212 New Kings Road, London, SW64NZ