17 London Coffee Shops To Visit Before You Die

Bean there, done that.

1. Kaffeine


One of the great Aussie/Kiwi-influenced cafés in London (see also: Flat White), Kaffeine takes its coffee seriously. For example, its baristas must have at least three years of training.

Kaffeine has two locations, both based near Oxford Circus.

2. Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons

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.

3. Monmouth

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Truly delicious coffee that needs little introduction. Monmouth’s beans are chosen from all around the world, and really pack a punch.

Monmouth’s roastery is based in Bermondsey and has a café attached, with two other locations in Covent Garden and Borough.

Bee line to Monmouth Coffee in the morning near Borough Market..get some lightly roasted Ethiopian. Then walk along the Thames.

— elly (@askicker)

4. Store Street Espresso

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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.

Store Street is based near Tottenham Court Road and their sister café is in Bloomsbury.

Banging shot of Red Brick @StoreStEspresso, so sweet and juicy!

— Pete Garcia (@petegarciaLDN)

5. TAP

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Formerly known as Tapped and Packed, TAP is passionate about coffee. They even offer free workshops to help you make better coffee in your own home.

TAP has three locations – all in central London.

A coffee so good it was worth a rare tweet: thanks @tapcoffee. Living up to your mission statement there. Lovely staff too.

— rosie bell (@bellrosie)

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.

@TheBaristas Dropped by with hubby last night for coffee.Atmosphere so lovely . Italy in London. Thank you.

— janette koslover (@bbguidelondon)

7. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

DOCSA are obsessed with bringing you the best possible cup of coffee. They’re committed to social responsibilty too.

Bonus! Their sourdough toast is spectacular.

There are nine locations, all over London.

Quick visit to @DeptOfCoffee #CarnabyStreet. Best #coffee. Top customer service.

— Ian Martin (@ian0martin)

8. Prufrock Coffee

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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.

i'd forgotten how good the coffee here was @PrufrockCoffee #LoveCoffee

— Zubair Mohammad (@zubi89)

9. Shoreditch Grind

Shoreditch Grind

Shoreditch Grind is reliably good, and in a very accesible location (just by Old Street roundabout). The best thing? In the evening, they start making espresso martinis.

There are three other locations: Holborn, London Bridge and Soho.

@Shoreditchgrind Thanks for the usual sublime and transformational Monday morning coffee!

— Nick Harrison (@nickhar)

10. Caravan

Caravan roast small batches of beans in-house, and their espresso blend changes seasonally.

There are two locations Exmouth Market and King’s Cross.

Best coffee ever tasted in London @CaravanExmouth #busyday

— Rainmakr (@prrainmakr)

11. Nude Espresso

An artisan coffee company and micro-roastery, Nude’s blends are silky smooth. You can even buy their beans online.

There are two locations: Brick Lane and Soho Square.

The #LondonCoffeeCrawl has been amazing!One of the best one I had was the Kenyan Kii from @NudeEspresso at @Curators_Coffee!So much rhubarb

— Johnny Watson (@Johnnywatson96)

12. Fernandez and Wells

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.

Just had the best mince pie of my life from @fernandezwells in Denmark St :) So glad Twitter exists to allow me to share that ;)

— Clare Foster (@Fostress)

13. Grind Coffee

Grind Coffee

A South-West London fave, Grind’s chai latte is worth travelling for. They grind their own beans, and their Anzac biscuits are magic.

If you’re not near Putney, Grind is also located in Stratford and has a roastery in Wandsworth.

A @GrindCoffeeBar 8oz flat white to start the week. #winning

— Matthew Searles (@matthew_Searles)

14. Camden Coffee House

Camden Coffee House

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.

I have one of these every day but when you're shattered, nothing beats a coffee from @Camdencoffee ☕️

— Felipe (@pip_herr)

15. Notes Roastery

Notes specialize in a lighter roast than others, resulting in a delicate, sweeter cup.

It’s hard to miss Notes – whether it’s at one of their four locations (King’s Cross, Moorgate, Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square) or one of their roaming coffee carts.

@NotesLondon Canary Wharf. Best damn flat white I've ever tasted! #wishidboughtthree 😋☕️

— Ralph Malone (@walph1)

16. Nordic Bakery

Nordic Bakery

Decent filter coffee + fresh cinnamon buns (or, as above, an almond twist) = one of life’s most enduring pleasures.

There are three locations, all in central London.

I just ate the best cookie ever from @nordicbakery and my life will never ever be the same again.

— Clare Rebecca (@clarerebecca)

17. Tamp Coffee


A friendly indie coffee shop, with a loyal local following. If you’re hungry, they serve CrossTown Doughnuts too.

The café is based in Chiswick.

Brilliant coffee @TAMPCOFFEE - Best in Chiswick!

— Matt Davis (@ReachLondon)

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Climpson and Sons have three blends. An earlier version of this article said they have nine blends.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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