A Long time before flat whites ruled the world, coffee houses were mostly about the social interaction than the coffee your drinking. And of course, no city did it better than London. The selections have become a little more complicated, however here are (9 cafés in London) you have to try on your next visit!
TASTY PASTRIES: NORDIC BAKERY
This shop embodies a taste of Scandinavia with its delicious homemade sweets. It’s quietly nestled in a corner of Soho, but you’ll know you’re on the right track when a waft of homemade cinnamon buns catches your nostrils. Im telling you the baked goods are just as inspiring as the Nordic interior.
14 Golden Square, Soho; nordicbakery.com
BEST FOR BREAKFAST: OVER UNDER COFFEE
Over Under Coffee is inspired by New Zealand, Dublin and New York. The café is situated in Earl’s Court, and celebrates the diversity of café culture. You will soon feel the family vibe with the intimate space and cosy interior. The baristas are also very welcoming the second you step through the door and according to my friend, they make the best avocado toast! It’s all the rage these days.
181A Earls Ct. Rd., Kensington; overundercoffee.com
BEST FOR A SUNNY DAY: WHITE MULBERRIES
Situated in St. Katharine Docks, White Mulberries is the perfect afternoon secret hideaway that can make even the dullest days feel like a holiday. Now i must say it doesn’t look very aesthetic from the outside but, it is definitely worth going to take a look. It’s the only one on the list I haven’t been too mainly because I am too lazy to go! (seriously St.Katherine Dock is far from me )
12 Ivory St., St. Katharine’s and Wapping; whitemulberries.com
FOR THE ESCAPE: GINGER AND WHITE
Hampstead Heath, arguably the most inviting area of London, harbours a chic little shop which highlights British charm. The inviting staff are committed to making excellent coffee. They have a motto which is “We don’t do grande.”. I’ve no idea what that means but the coffee the experience was worth the visit. So, take a seat on the leather couch and enjoy a cuppa when you need an escape.
4a-5a Perrin’s Ct., Hampstead; gingerandwhite.com
DO IT FOR THE GRAM: MONMOUTH COFFEE COMPANY
Monmouth Coffee Company is a coffee lover’s paradise. I had to see what all the fuss was about, because of the constant Instagram photos on my feed. The queue from the outside served as a reminder that the Instagram popularity was justified. I guess with a value on tradition and quality above all else, there’s no surprise that the line tends to flood out the door. (afternoons are super busy) The room was filled with the aroma of almond croissants while I was sipping on the perfect flat white (in my opinion), Monmouth really does live up to the hype.
27 Monmouth St., Covent Garden; monmouthcoffee.co.uk
TO GET SOME WORK DONE: TIMBERYARD
Guaranteed work done: I tell you right now I can never get anything done in a coffee shop, but it’s a different story at Timberyard in Soho. Just the sheer amount customers clicking away on their laptops will inspire you, if not, you can always book a room for privacy. And the cherry on top, the ridiculous range of pastries, it’s a decent reward for all that hard work you put in at the Timberyard.
4 Noel St, Soho; tyuk.com
HISTORIC & CHEAP: ALGERIAN COFFEE STORE
When you’re a century-old coffee shop in the city that practically invented coffee culture, it’s a big reputation to uphold. Lucky for Algerian Coffee Store, it’s not difficult to keep up the legacy. The best part of this 1887 Soho beauty isn’t the original wooden interior or the 80 different selections. (It’s the price tag). At just over a pound for a cappuccino, I’m telling you right now it’s a londoners dream – you know how expensive it is in London right!
52 Old Compton St, Soho; algcoffee.co.uk
ARTSY: HOLBORN GRIND
Are you looking for somewhere with a little kick other than espresso bean can offer? Introducing Holborn Grind, a coffee shop and cocktail bar in one. This is a great place to instagram the hell out of your phone with the neon sign in the corner. It’s a very trendy spot serving you from breakfast to supper time. Go check it out!
199 High Holborn, Holborn; grind.co.uk/holborngrind
BEAUTIFUL COFFEE ART: FARM GIRL
If you love taking flat-lay photos for the ’Gram like I do here, Farm Girl has your back. Its no coicidence that the location is in the heart of Notting Hill which is a notorious instgram hotspot. The stylish café apart from being in a charming area, prides itself with a health-conscious menu and a very sharp-tasting coffee. (Food is a bit pricey though)
9A Portobello Rd, Notting Hill; thefarmgirl.co.uk
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