Holborn Grind – London (UK)

Central spot in Holborn for great coffee, light meals and fun after work drinks

  • opening times:
    Mo - Fr: 7 - 0 Sa: 9 - 1 Su: 9 - 20
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • price check:
    Espresso: £2.20 / Flat White: £2.70
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    one house blend and single origin espresso
  • milk:
    Northiam Dairy

If there’s one thing that can be said about London’s coffee shops then it’s that many have taken things to completely new heights. Some don’t just serve coffee to stay or to go. Some offer a real experience.

Whether you’re a bike aficionado popping in to get your gears checked while downing an expertly pulled espresso or you’re taking your clients out for a fine lunch with table service while fragrant coffee beans are roasted at the back. It’s all there.

Before the morning rush

Before the morning rush

One concept I particularly like is the blending of coffee with alcohol. Not because I enjoy a fine tipple every now and again but because coffee and alcohol actually go very well together. During a recent conversation with Nude Espresso founder Richard Reed he told me: “Coffee and beer has kind of been done now. The next thing will be bartenders working with cold brew coffee. This offers a lot of really exciting opportunities and flavours.”

Until this fully catches on though, you can still enjoy really well prepared espresso martinis at the Holborn Grind, sister to the famous Shoreditch Grind, Soho Grind and its most recent addition, the London Grind. These funky cafe-cum-cocktail bars serve excellent coffee, great breakfast options, light lunches and really lovely coffee inspired cocktails. 

An excellent flat white

An excellent flat white

While the Holborn Grind lacks the awesome terrace of the Shoreditch Grind or the fully fledged kitchen of the London Grind, it does have a pretty sweet location in an otherwise coffee-barren area of London. Especially after you’ve just spent 6 hours walking around the spectacular British Museum or shopped your way down the entire Oxford Street you might want to seek refuge inside Holborn Grind and regain your strength.

As with all other locations, their coffees are roasted by Brighton and Hove heros Small Batch Coffee Roasters but there are no filter coffee options here. Still, if all you want is a flat white and some poached eggs to get your day moving or a wonderful cocktail to make your day stop moving, then this place is hard to beat.

Large window, clear sign

Large window, clear sign

Can be used for studying

Can be used for studying

Multicultural staff

Multicultural staff

Lots of simple food choices on offer

Lots of simple food choices on offer

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