Ok so I’ve only been a London Resident(™) for a little over 2 months, which hardly makes me an expert of anything to do with London, BUT if there’s one thing I do know, and that’s coffee. And English grocery stores have absolutely SHIT stock of the filtered stuff. And don’t even get me started on instant. I mean I’ll drink it but I’ll let you know that I hate it with every sip. But I’m an addict so I’ll drink anything remotely resembling coffee. THAT BEING SAID, I have been to a few coffee shops now, so you can skip the Starbucks and Costas, and get right to the good stuff. So without further adieu, and in no particular order, my fav coffee shops… so far.
- Grind Coffee (Soho, Shoreditch, Holborn, Royal Exchange, Whitechapel, Clerkenwell, London Bridge, Covent Garden, Exmouth Market)
If you want to feel like a cool hipster millennial that the newspapers are always writing about never being able to afford a house because they eat too much avocado toast and get coffee to much than go to anyone of this establishment’s fine locations. I’ve personally only been to the Soho, Shoreditch, and Holborn locations, but so far so good. It’s also a bar, and it also has some kick ass avocado toast. It’s as the kids from the 90s say “rad”. So take that New York Times.
- Feel Good Cafe (West Wickham)
I think they just use monmouth coffee, but I like to go to this coffee shop when I need to poop because they make it really strong. Like it will put some hair on your chest. It’s the whisky of the coffee world, so amateurs need not apply. Plus their food here is like kind of healthy for you, and super delicious. I recommend the almond and lineseed bread with almond butter and jam. Sounds stupid and simple, but seriously, it’s so good. I’m probably going to get some right now.
- The Black Penny (Covent Garden)
Nick and I stumbled across this cafe accidentally when we were tired and lost and just really wanted coffee but apparently this tiny little shop on a random side street is actually a Really Big Deal(™), because it’s everywhere on social media. Anyway the coffee is really good and that’s all that matters.
- Timberyard (Seven Dials)
Ok, so I like the coffee at Timberyard. I really do. And if you’re getting it to go its great. But if you’re going there to shit and have a chat just maybe don’t. Unless you’re having a business meeting for your startup and you have a Macbook, then by all means stay awhile. Otherwise the atmosphere can get a little…judgy. BUT it’s good coffee so what can you do?
- Breakfast Club (Angel, Battersea Rise, Brighton, Canary Wharf, Croydon, Hackney Wick, Hoxton, London Bridge, Oxford, Soho, Spitalfields)
So this one is more of a restaurant than a coffee shop, but they do takeout. And I haven’t been to that many coffee shops because I’m human trash and get a lot of McDonald’s coffee. So that’s why they’re on the list. The food here is delicious. Get the disco fries with your cold brew and you won’t be disappointed. Or if you’re feeling something a little sweeter than get the Elvis pancakes. That’s what Nick always gets. I hate bananas though. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Oh and its also a bar. Which is genius, because alcohol and breakfast food should always go together in my humble opinion.
Honorable Mention: Cafe Mimosa (Norwood)
So I myself have not been here, but my husband goes here and he says it’s the bee knees. Well, not really because that’s an American saying. Allegedly. But yeah, he digs it, so I told him I’d throw it on here. If it’s garbage blame him.