Top 10: London Coffee Shops You Need to Visit This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
This week, we’ve partnered up with sugar queens Billington’s for a special week dedicated to all things baking, sugary and delicious – so far, we’ve discovered incredible breakfast waffles in the capital and London’s best chocolate cake. But what’s better with cake, than coffee? We’re going on a coffee tour with Billington’s – step out of your comfort zone this week and try one of these amazing London coffee shops. Here’s where to go for your coffee fix in the city:
Order: Double Macchiato
The Story: London coffee shops don’t come much better than this. Established in 2013, The Coffee Jar is Camden’s answer to expertly made caffeine creations. The beans are sourced from Monmouth, with guest roasters also making an appearance from week to week. Prime time is in the morning when there’s a queue out the door – it doesn’t matter how busy the Coffee Jar becomes, you’ll always end up with a cracker of a coffee. Along with their hot beverages, feast on a small selection of sandwiches, cakes, cookies and tarts. There’s limited seating, so order a double macchiato and sweet treat to takeaway. The chocolate brownie has become an office hit.
Where: 83 Parkway, London NW1 7PP
Photo Credit: Regis Boileau
Order: Matcha Latte
The Story: Timberyard is a freelancer’s dream. Fast wifi, decent coffee and appetising lunchtime dishes is the key to Timberyard’s success with the Macbook crowd – it’s one of the best London coffee shops if you need a place to work. If you’re not working at a computer, then frankly, you look out of place. Don’t let technology deter your visit – they have the largest cronuts we have ever seen. They brew various different beans, with all of their coffee numbers available with either soya or almond milk and can also we iced. Come for the coffee, but stay for their Scottish oat porridge. Which, by the way, is really good.
Where: Locations here
The Story: Parcafé is everything we like – larger than life cupcakes, the friendliest staff, but overall – they know how to make sensational coffee. Their secret it simple; they weigh all their coffee, froth the milk to the optimum temperature, and layer the milk carefully on top. Parcafé serve South London roaster’s Alchemy Coffee, who work directly with farmers in Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. One of the best London coffee shops for style; with its marble floors, views overlooking Park Lane, and colourful floral displays, Parcafé is the ultimate destination for a stylish catch up with friends. Just don’t leave without sampling their cakes. Seriously.
Where: 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Order: Filter Brew
The Story: Black Sheep Coffee has been slowly taking over London with their coffee cups filled with magical caffeinated joy. There’s now 4 branches across the city, with the Goodge Street outlet our favourite. They’ve left the herd behind to seek out unorthodox coffees that have a story to be told. Black Shop Coffee is the bees knees when it comes to their hot food. Their homemade wraps make any shop bought sarnie look drab, and their cookies are a perfect afternoon bite. Enjoy Black Sheep Coffee when you have a few hours to kick back and chill. We could drink their chai latte for days.
Where: Locations here
Why not make an amazing iced coffee with Billington’s at home? Here’s how:
- 400ml whole milk
- 15ml espresso
- 1 tsp Billington’s Unrefined Demerara Sugar
- Ice cubes
The Story: Printworks Kitchen is a family owned café who are all about using high-quality, locally sourced produce to create freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and soups. They use freshly roasted, fair-trade coffee beans from The Horsham Coffee Roasters in West Sussex, along with selling a range of free-from cakes including cupcakes, cookies and brownies. One of the best London coffee shops for coeliacs; they maybe free from gluten, but they’re not free from flavours, we’ll tell you that for free. Along with their coffee and cake selection, make sure you sample their lunch time offering, with the menu changing on a daily basis. We’re never one to turn now a healthy spin on a carrot cake.
Where: 20-26 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4SX
Order: Flat White
The Story: From the chaps that brought you Scotchtails, a Scotch egg stand on Borough Market with sass, are the guys behind Nordic inspired hangout, Lundenwic. A small, cute coffee shop off Aldwych with oodles of charm, this all-day spot serves Workshop coffee, pastries, fantastic toasties and some pimped porridge. They concentrate on simple, honest food with a ton of flavour. They put the same love into their food as they do their coffee and juices – it’s a total win. Swing by a brekkie for their porridge with fig, agave and chia seeds, or their roast broccoli, chilli, almond and cheddar toastie at lunch.
Where: 45 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DW
Order: Cold Brew
The Story: Fancy sipping coffee whilst being surrounded by gothic church features? Course you do. There’s no village hall vibes, here. Especially when it comes to their food and drink. This place is a quiet oasis, and an excellent place to switch off from the city rat race. All of their coffee comes directly from Mission Coffee Works, and they brew loose leaf teas from We Are Tea. Hoot Cafe really is a unique space, and best enjoyed at lunchtime when you can purchase one of their hearty bowls of homemade soup with a thick slab of sourdough. If you’re up for swapping your cappuccino for something else, try their cold brew with tonic. It’s slightly off the wall, but that’s why we love it.
Where: St Mary Aldermary, Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BW
The Story: Opened in 2013, Curio Cabal is a thriving cafe in the heart of Haggerston. It’s not fancy and it’s not fussy, but that’s why Curio Cabal works. It champions locally sourced produce to create simple, solid food and dreamy cups of consistently good coffee. All of their coffee is locally sourced from the Square Mile Roasters, and they have a range of tea for the brew lovers. One of the best London coffee shops for food, their weekend brunch is pretty special – dig into a range of bagels crammed full of different fillings, along with superfood granola packed full of all the good stuff, and avocado on sourdough. Swing by on Sunday for velvet eggs, Kedgeree and harissa white beans.
Where: 258 Kingsland Road,London E8 4DG
The Story: Let’s be honest, London Bridge is hardly a melting pot for a good cup of hot joe – but believe us, Too Many Cooks has changed that assumption. This London coffee shop will surprise you; situated in the Metal Box Factory, a sassy new development on the Southbank, the cafe is a mecca for caffeinated drinks and pastries. They serve Square Mile Coffee alongside their hot lunches, which are an absolute steal. Chow down on braised guinea fowl in a mushroom cream for the bargain price of £8.50. That takes some beating.
Where: 30 Great Guildford Street, SE1 0ES
Order: Soya Flat White
The Story: London coffee shops like this make us very happy. A vegan cafe come salon in Bethnal Green, The Canary is little sister to the award-winning King’s Canary salon in Fitzrovia. A creative hub for like minded people, The Canary is more than just a place to pick up a quick coffee. They’ve built a team of expert baristas, cutting edge chefs and highly-trained stylists who all enhance the overall experience at this East London hangout. The cafe caters for both veggies and vegans with tons of options. Early rises can enjoy fresh out of the oven pastries, cakes and amazing Allpress coffee. At lunch, there’s a cracking array of fresh salads, sarnies and raw delights.
Where: 61-63 Old Bethnal Green Road, E2 6QA