Shoreditch Grind – London (UK)

Coffee bar, recording studio and cocktail bar in one. How amazing is that? Very!

  • opening times:
    Mo - Th: 7 - 23, Fr: 7 - 1, Sa: 8 - 1, Su: 9 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • price check:
    Espresso: £2.10 / Flat White: £2.65
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea
  • coffees on offer:
    1 Espresso blend and various single origins by Small Batch Coffee
  • milk:
    Freshways

A few months before my recent trip to London a good friend of mine, who lives in London, gave me a copy of Time Out London, which had put the British capital’s “Coffee Revolution” on its front page and handily presented to me ,on a platter, some of the city’s most amazing specialty coffee shops. Needless to say, I had circled every single one of them as “MUST SEE” but in the back of my head I knew I’d only manage to visit maybe 10-15 or so MAX. One of London’s most coffee fanatic areas clearly is the East, which is where I headed on day 3 of my London coffee hunt.

As my friend Tom and I exited from Old Street Station, I fumbled around with the copy of Time Out in one hand and my iPhone in the other, trying to work out where my first stop was exactly. Once I had found my destination and Google Maps had calculated my route I determinedly pointed in a certain direction and as my eyes took in my surroundings, they fell on a very funky looking building, which happend to be the home of Shoreditch Grind. “Well, well!” I said to Tom. “If this is not my lucky day, then I don’t know what is going uuuun.”

This is a heavy duty bar

This is a heavy duty bar

I approached the huge windows of this funky looking place and pressed my nose against one of them to get a better picture of what was to be discovered inside. I took only one second to decide that this place had to be awesome.

With its collection of booze on the left of the bar and 2 La Marzocco Lineas in the middle and on the right, this place means serious coffee making. George, one of the Baristas on duty that morning happily took Tom’s and my order and quickly engaged me in a conversation about Shoreditch Grind, which actually contained a bunch of surprises that left me rather gobsmacked.

1. The building used to be an emergency exit for Old Street Station
2. It was founded by David Abrahamovitch and Kaz James (Kaz is a Singer, DJ and music producer from Melbourne)
3. There is a recording studio upstairs that has hosted acts like Coldplay, Spector and Pixie Lott
4. Next to their coffees they also serve craft beers and coffee based cocktails
5. They have their beans custom roasted by Small Batch Coffee in Brighton, which I visited last year (before my The Coffeevine alter ego was born, sniff sniff)

My Flat White

My Flat White

What’s more, they have a massive terrace outside overlooking Old Street roundabout. Now, if that’s not a winning concept I don’t know what is. Imagine sipping your Flat White while Chris Martin pops down for an Espresso in between sessions. Hm, no. He would probably get it delivered upstairs. Let’s be real here.

The coffees we got, Tom followed my choice in getting a Flat White, were outstandingly prepared and served and despite the place being pretty busy, it never felt packed.

One of the things I really loved the most was the old school cinema sign above the main entrance, where the slogan changes daily. Apparently, according to George, people regularly make a point of coming up with witty lines in hope that theirs will be next one to appear. Brilliant gimmick!

Funnily enough, The Shoreditch Grind doesn’t offer slow coffee, which seems a bit odd considering the amount of staff and general focus on coffee. But I guess the fact that you can get a very decently priced range of coffee-based cocktails kind of makes up for it. I actually came back the next day to give them a try. My Espresso Martini was delicious (much better than what I normally get here in Amsterdam).

The place looks like the perfect location for cool evening events that would go down really well with the hipster Hoxton sq crowd and makes a perfect starting point for exploring the amazing coffee scene that awaits you here. Next to coffee specialties, there are also yummy looking salads and cakes on offer. In fact you could spend all day here, working away on your Macbook and finish the day with after work drinks at your very own mobile office. Talking about customer retention …

The main entrance with daily changing slogans

The main entrance with daily changing slogans

Delicious coffee based cocktails

Delicious coffee based cocktails

The big terrace next to the square round building

The big terrace next to the square round building

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thecoffeevine said:

Hi Pete thanks for your comment. I am only just getting started ;)

thecoffeevine said:

Hi Jean thank you so much for your kind words. Great to have you as a reader! Enjoy

Jean Alaba said:

Thanks for sharing this. I'll be sure to check this out when I get to London. Please continue to share unbiased reviews. Will be following you. Cheers!

Pete said:

Great review and pics - keep them coming!!


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