London is going coffee shop crazy at the moment. They’re everywhere and competition is tough. Londoner’s have plenty of choice and a refined palette. They know a good coffee from a bad one. So Hero & Leander have picked out our favourites throughout the capital. These are not your average big corporate chain on the corner. These are worth searching out.
27a Foley Street, W1W 6DY
Located in the heart of Fitzrovia the Attendant is located in a restored Victorian public convenience. Truly unique! It was built in 1890 and left disused in the 60s. It has now been brought back to life, complete with the original Dolton & Co. urinals.
7 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JE
Bare brick and banquettes. Coffee and cocktails. They even put on masterclasses such as the Negroni Vintage Masterclass. Bar Termini is a relaxing establishment where you can also grab some food such as charcuterie and Italian cheeses.
Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, W2 2UH
The Serpentine is a beautiful spot, nestled in the centre of Hyde Park. Benugo have set up inside this lake side restaurant, so that you can enjoy your morning espresso alongside nature after your morning stroll through the park. What better way to start the day?
Climpson & Sons
67 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Climpson & Sons pride themselves on the exploration of flavour and obtaining the right coffee beans to compliment their brand – experimenting in flavour extraction techniques and coffee making machinery. If you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur then Climpson & Sons is the place for you. And if you’re not, well then you’re just in for an excellent cup of coffee.
“Our range of espresso blends and single origin beans reflect what we do: a boundless exploration into the possibilities of flavour.”
66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QJ
Kaffeine is an Australian style coffee shop that focuses on simply, great coffee, food and excellent service. They serve coffee from a Synesso Cyncra espresso machine and a variety of loose leaf teas from the Rare Tea Company. A weekly changing menu ensures that you’ll keep returning to try something new.
“Welcome to Kaffeine at 66 Great Titchfield Street. Discover it for yourself”.
2 London Bridge, SE1 9RA
There are several Grind outlets throughout London and they are a fantastic stopping place to enjoy more than just a coffee. The image above shows London Grind which is riverside location above Borough Market which also serves cocktails and a good variety menu.
31 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ER
Notes roasts their own coffee to serve in their cafes ensuring a control over the entire process and this definitely shows in their final product. They also ensure a seasonally changing menu too that you can eat throughout the day or even take-away if you’re in a rush.
“We like coffee. We drink it, make it, service it, and we’re roasting it too!”
Ozone Coffee Roasters
11 Leonard Street, EC2A 4AQ
The Ozone Coffee Roasters have a story that is far more than just a coffee shop. As far back as 1995 Jamie and Karen Hodson have been involved in ensuring roasting coffee makes a difference to the poor communities that provide it to the world.
“Our vision is to consistently aspire to coffee excellence in all facets and achieve international recognition as a leading artisan coffee company.”
Visit their coffee shop and you too can learn how the coffee that you’re drinking really benefits those that provide it.