Best cafes in London for coffee snobs
The English may not be famous for their take on the black stuff, but our caffeine-loving Insiders have shared the places where you can get a reliably great cup
Don’t be fooled by the Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa on every corner. The London coffee-scene is heating up, with a number of local and international independent roasters setting up shop all across town. Our Insiders have handpicked their favourites below.
Shoreditch, Holborn and multiple other locations
The Grind House Blend is roasted daily in Grind HQ in Shoreditch and served across Grind cafes in London. Shoreditch Grind is the original, located on the Old Street roundabout, and a 6 minute walk from The Hoxton in Shoreditch.
There is also a conveniently located Holborn Grind next door to The Hoxton, Holborn and additional coffee shops in Covent Garden, Soho and other locations (see the map at the bottom of this guide for details).
Insider tip: More than a coffee shop, cocktails and food are served till 11pm.
Recommended by Rob, co-founder of Ginza
Ozone Coffee Roasters
The London branch of this Kiwi cafe is minutes from Old Street station and serves carefully sourced coffee and wonderful food in a spacious setting. It’s even open until 10pm. What’s not to love.
Recommended by Katarina, founder of Co-Created, a business championing diversity through something we all have in common: food
Allpress Espresso Bar
Another NZ import, Allpress is a bustling cafe serving both espresso-based and filter coffees from freshly roasted beans and a delicious selection of baked goods and sandwiches.
Recommended by Steph Pugh, Dalston native working at a startup based in Shoreditch
Fix takes its tunes as seriously as its coffee. Coffee-wise they serve their own house blend as well as a changing selection of guest beans. While the ambience is provided by a steady stream of 80s synth and throwback pop.
Recommended by Matt, entrepreneur and activist
The original Attendant is housed underground in a converted Victorian public toilet minutes from Oxford Circus. But the Attendant is definitely not a gimmick. The coffee is delicious and the food excellent (the kitchen is lead by Michelin-starred Peter Gorton).
Recommended by Sarah, a South African born graphic designer living n Wimbledon and working in Camden
Monmouth Coffee Company
Don’t be put off by the queue, Monmouth deserves its spot as the undisputed queen of London coffee shops. The original location is cramped and busy but totally worth the bother. Just don’t count on getting a seat inside; taking your coffee to go is usually a safer option.
Recommended by Everyone (seriously!)
This airy cafe serves top-notch coffee against a backdrop of exposed brick and reclaimed wood. It is also an Insider-recommended spot for breakfast or brunch.
Recommended by Sarah, co-founder of Ginza