Where better to drink coffee, than at a café that roasts its own beans? Climpson and Sons have a wide range (three blends and six single origin coffees), which they roast nearby. They use a selection in the café, but customers can always request certain blends they’d like to try. You can also buy their blends online.
The café is based on Broadway Market.
Truly delicious coffee that needs little introduction. Monmouth’s beans are chosen from all around the world, and really pack a punch.
Store Street serves up coffee two ways – bulk brew or pour over (plus cold brew in the warmer seasons). They also recently competed in the Aeropress Championship of England.
6. Bar Italia
A Soho institution, Bar Italia has been going since 1949. The coffee menu is short (Espresso, Cappucino, Caffelatte, Mocha, Black Coffee, White Coffee), but it knows what it’s doing.
Bonus! Their sourdough toast is spectacular.
There are nine locations, all over London.
It’d be silly to go to Leather Lane and not stop in at Prufrock. A great range of blends, and a staff who really know what they’re doing. (One of their directors is a world barista champion.) Also, their take-away cups are beyond cute.
The cafe is based near Farringdon.
Caravan roast small batches of beans in-house, and their espresso blend changes seasonally.
There are two locations Exmouth Market and King’s Cross.
11. Nude Espresso
Founded by a former Monmouth manager, F&W are connoisseurs. Fun Fact! Fernandez and Wells have a trademarked coffee – the Stumpy. It’s like a mini flat white, served in a special glass.
There are six locations: four in Soho, Somerset House and the Strand.
Using Hasbean beens, Camden Coffee House is a great indie spot. Focused on supporting the local community too (from local milk to local cakes), it punches above its weight.
There are locations in Camden, Ladbroke Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, Balham and Croydon.
15. Notes Roastery
Notes specialize in a lighter roast than others, resulting in a delicate, sweeter cup.
Climpson and Sons have three blends. An earlier version of this article said they have nine blends.