According to recent data from Yahoo, there are now over 15,000 coffee shops spread across the UK. Brits love a good brew and there’s no city that loves the energy-inducing liquid more than London! To celebrate the city’s love affair with premium quality cups of Joe, we’ve put together an insider’s guide to some of the best places to get your caffeine fix in the capital.
The Attendant – Fitzrovia
As well as exquisite coffee and a dynamic changing menu, this pit sized establishment also won us over due to the fact that it’s located in an old Victorian toilet! The place can get extremely busy though so if you’re keen for a pre-work coffee fix, get there early!
Alchemy Coffee – Blackfriars
Thought you knew coffee? Think again! Alchemy’s scientific approach to the well-loved beverage will challenge all your preconceptions about how coffee should be done!
2 LOVE Tea and Coffee House – Lambeth
For coffee with a view, this is one of Lambeth’s finest. The Thames side setting overlooks the Houses of Parliament which attracts both tourists and locals alike.
Climpson and Sons – Hackney
With daily queues and a plethora of happy customers, Climpson and Sons is one of Hackney’s not so hidden gems. As well as hand roasted espresso blends, you’ll also find pastries, cakes and other tasty treats.
Algerian Coffee Stores – Soho
Tucked away in trendy Soho, this iconic coffee shop has been giving Londoner’s their caffeine fix since 1877. At just £1 for an espresso shot and an extra 20p for a cappuccino or latte upgrade, this no frills coffee house is always a crowd pleaser.
Monmouth Coffee – Borough Market
For an outstanding brew in the heart of the city, look no further than Monmouth Coffee. The establishment has been going since 1978 and boasts an incredible range of espresso-based or single cone filters. You may have to opt for takeaway though as this place gets packed!
Kaffeine – Fitzrovia
According to the owners, this independent coffee shop was “inspired by the amazing coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand.” While the premises are incredibly small, they serve up some of London’s finest lattes, cappuccinos and the antipodean favourite, flat whites.
Workshop Coffee Co – Clerkenwell, Marylebone and Holborn
They may have branches peppered across the city but this independent coffee shop is still 100% unique. The staff here are lovely and every cup of coffee also comes with a free glass of fizzy water.
While these popular establishments may compete to make themselves stand out from the London crowd, there’s one thing that they all have in common – coffee shop insurance! Every good coffee shop manager knows that this is an essential part of business that protects owners, employees, customers and the business as a whole.