London is home to many great coffee houses, featuring premium Italian espresso, Australian flat whites, and even some American-style drip coffee. Finding that perfect coffee shop is such an integral part of immersing in life while on vacation, therefore, we have listed some of our very favorite places to grab that perfect hot beverage. We hope you enjoy discovering them for yourself!
Bloomsbury Coffee House
Local art, mismatched furniture, quality food and Allpress coffee combine to form a comforting ambience in this basement café. The entire menu at Bloomsbury is homemade (don’t miss the cinnamon buns!), and the owners use their own grown produce when the season permits.
20 Travistock Place
2 Love Tea and Coffee House
It’s usually hard to find good coffee in touristy areas, but the eclectic 2 Love Tea and Coffee House is just that–incredible coffee right next to the River Thames. Though the coffee house is renowned for its Sexy Latte (a take on the flat white), they also serve filter coffee and tea. London natives and tourists alike can enjoy a warm cup while gazing at the Houses of Parliament and watching passersby.
89 St. John’s Road
Brickwood Coffee & Bread
In a city as fast-paced as London, Brickwood Coffee & Bread provides a cozy neighborhood feel for those wanting to escape the bustle. Grab a baked in-house pastry and a cup of signature “Market Blend” coffee, settle in with a good book, and give yourself a relaxing respite from city life.
16 Clapham Common South Side
Timberyard is one of the trendiest coffee houses in all of London—just take a look at their Instagram (@timberyarduk) and you’ll see why. Their filtered coffee brews are constantly changing, with unique selections from places like Bolivia, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Timberyard is the perfect place to hunker down with other creative Londoners for a day of work, or just people watch in the airy, inspiring space.
7 Upper Street Martin’s Lane
At Shoreditch Grind, you’ll find a throwback to the 1950s and a truly great coffee selection. Neon signs and old school diner themes complement the vast selection of beverages, from coffee, to cocktails, to a combination of the two. The Grind Espresso Martini, featuring Grindhouse espresso, Reyka vodka and sugar, is not to be missed!
213 Old Street