Every morning your goal is to stumble over to your favourite coffee shop, bleary-eyed and get your caffeine fix before getting to the office and starting your day.
We understand. We know coffee is life and with all the new and independent coffee shops popping up all over London, we thought we’d narrow it down and tell you a few of our favourite spots.
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Not only do Department of Coffee serve good quality coffee, their key ingredient to success is their people. With each member of staff having the knowledge and passion for coffee, you are guaranteed a perfectly crafted cup of java.
The meaning behind ‘Social Affairs’ refers to their humanitarian work within the UK and abroad. They provide support and have volunteers all over the world for charities including Pump Aid, The Afri-CAN charity, the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee and London charity Team Up.
Locations: Leather Lane / Spitalfields Market / Norton Folgate / Whitechapel / Carnaby Street / Piccadilly / Warwick Street / Bank Street / Canary Wharf / Arts Theatre West End
Every fancied getting a coffee from a former Victorian toilet? We’re not so sure either, but The Attendant, located in Fitzrovia has been transformed into one of London’s best specialty coffee shops. If you head down there, you’ll even see that the original porcelain urinals, which add character to the shop with green seating, matching the original Victorian floor tiles. And when it comes to coffee, they’re all about bringing the highest quality of taste into a cup.
Locations: Fitzrovia / Clerkenwell / Shoreditch
This quirky hole-in-the-wall will turn your head and give you that morning cup of java you need. The laid-back atmosphere married with the old-style furniture means you can sit in and do your work to the chilled music in the background or even grab some lunch and retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross.
Location: 82 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
The Gentlemen Baristas
‘Well-mannered coffee’ is what you’ll get if you give this café a visit. Since 1698, London coffee houses have competed to serve the best cup of ‘syrup of soot and essence of old shoes.’ The Gentleman Baristas opened their doors to recapture the spirit of coffee houses of old with the best service, good coffee and good food. I don’t think you need any more reason to have a wander in if you’re in the area.
Location: The Coffee House, The Gentleman Baristas, London Bridge
“We jut wanted to be like, fuck it, we like coffee and we want a cool shop”
If you’re looking for a minimalist shop with clean lines and slick interiors, Brooklyn Coffee encompasses all that, plus Caravan-roasted coffee that you can enjoy on their concrete bar, watching Shoreditch go by.