The London Guide

Researched and written by The Coffeevine’s co-founder Alex Kitain, this is your compact guide to some of London’s finest specialty coffee shops

There are few cities that are more iconic than London. The English capital literally rocks and rules our lives in so many ways that we cannot fathom where to begin and where to end.

From Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II to the Black Cab, from the Tower of London to Tate Modern, from Brick Lane to Saville Row. There are simply too many amazing things to talk about, see, smell, taste and experience.

This small guide to some of London’s finest coffee is purely based on our own recommendations and places we have personally visited over the past few years. Of course, if you’re in the coffee world, you’ll know that London has one of the highest per km² concentrations of coffee bars and coffee shops anywhere on the planet, and plenty of guides and books have been written to list its myriad of amazing specialty coffee shops.

But if you’re only in town for a short while. Try and cram in at least a few of the ones listed below. You won’t regret it.

Nude Coffee Roastery

For anyone visiting the London Coffee Festival this weekend but wanting a wee bit of respite from all the craziness inside the Old Truman Brewery, you should visit the year old Nude Coffee Roastery on Hanbury St. It is actually right opposite Nude’s flagship café but feels a lot more industrial with its massive 35kg Loring roaster and bean bar. This is a great place to read your morning paper while sipping on a delicious espresso.

26 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR – Read our full review here

Outside view of the roastery

Outside view of the roastery

Workshop Coffee Clerkenwell

Certainly one of the city’s classiest coffee roasteries, Workshop’s flagship store in Clerkenwell also sports a full on restaurant and well-stocked bar that invites for extensive lunches, private cozy ups, and very fine coffees.

27 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5RN – Read our full review here

The big table for a nice quick lunch

The big table for a nice quick lunch

Allpress Espresso 

This London branch of one of New Zealand’s most renowned coffee roasters is a wonderful neighbourhood café that, until last year, also hosted the entire UK roasting operation of Allpress UK. Nowadays, all of the roasting is done at a spectacular space in Dalston but the Allpress flagship store is still a fabulous place to have a light lunch and a great cup of coffee while ambling around beautiful Shoreditch.

58 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP – Read our full review here

The rustic but bright interior

The rustic but bright interior

Caravan Coffee Roasters King’s Cross

One of our most favourite places to grab a delicious coffee and have a yummy brunch is Caravan King’s Cross. Located amidst one of the city’s most exciting redevelopments, Caravan shines with its easygoing Kiwi hospitality, delicious food and spectacular coffees.

1, Granary Building, Granary Square, London N1C 4AA – Read our full review here

The outside of the Granary building

The outside of the Granary building

Climpson & Sons Café 

We have a huge soft spot for the lovely people at Climpson & Sons. They have been some of the biggest supporters of The Coffeevine since day one and we absolutely love what they do. Next to their awesome roastery, they also maintain this quaint café on Broadway in Hackney that is one of the best streets to go to in the weekends.

67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH – Read our full review here

Colourful stools

Colourful stools

Department of Coffee And Social Affairs

On a hot summer day two years ago, I first stumbled upon this lovely coffee bar on Leather Lane and it was a truly wonderful find. The people here work with so much passion and easygoing friendliness that you cannot help but stick around for ages.

14–16 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7SU – Read our full review here

Sidewalk seating

Sidewalk seating

Prufrock Coffee

To most people, Prufrock needs little introduction, but if you do happen to be in the dark about what this incredible coffee-obsessed place is, then you should just visit to see for yourself. Founded by former Barista World Champion Gwilym Davies and Jeremy Challender, Prufrock has been rocking the London coffee scene unabatedly since 2009. A must visit!

23-25 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TE – Read our full review here

The Kees van der Westen Spirit

The Kees van der Westen Spirit

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Like Climpson & Sons and Caravan Coffee Roasters, we count Ozone amongst our close family of superstar roasters who roast and serve some of the best coffees in town. Charismatic owners Lizzie and James Gurr are some of the friendliest people in the scene and make sure that every customer gets the best possible experience. Whether you’re just popping in for an espresso or a full on meal, Ozone is the bee’s knees.

11 Leonard St, London EC2A 4AQ – Read our full review here

The bar and restaurant

The bar and restaurant

Exmouth Coffee Company

The first café we ever reviewed in London, and still one of our absolute favourites. Hidden in plain sight on Whitechapel High Street, this gem of a place has excellent coffee and even better home baked pastries, cakes and quiches. You literally won’t know what to choose, everything looks so damn good.

83 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX – Read our full review here

The first thing you see when coming in

The first thing you see when coming in


 

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