Like most gentlemen out there, the perfect cup of Jo is the holy grail of our morning ritual. The vision of weary-eyed gentlemen across the city stumbling, trying to figure out which way is up, desperately searching for coffee, is a sight all too common. Most end up falling into a Starbucks, Costa or Pret for their fix – but they shouldn’t. Coffee, it has commonly been said, is an art, so due care and attention should be taken to find the perfect dark nectar out there. Always here to help, we thought it was high time to give you the lowdown of 10 of the finest independent coffee shops that London has to offer.
As far as radical coffee shops go, The Attendant is right up there. Based in a former Victorian public toilet, the service, attention to detail and coffee is spectacular and well worth a visit. 27A Foley St, London W1W 6DY
Monmouth Coffee Company
A seasoned veteran of London’s independent coffee world, Monmouth Coffee Company is permanently filled with coffee lovers. From the morning kick to the afternoon pick-me-up, Monmouth is the place for you. 27 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU
The Kiwi-Aussie coffee shop Kaffeine has built quite the reputation for itself. Only a few years old, it is regarded as one of the best spots for a quick espresso. Get your day started with full-force and give it a try. 66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QJ
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
The perfect fly-by coffee shop, the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs has one of the best filter coffees in London. Head there to discover their artistry yourself. 3 Lowndes Ct, Carnaby, London W1F 7HD
As the name suggests, Nordic Bakery is Scandinavian inspired. From sensational traditional breakfasts to some of the darkest, strongest coffees in London, Nordic Bakery is a must visit destination. 14A Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9JG
When Fabrique made its way over here from Sweden and had the Swedish queuing outside for its coffee and cinnamon buns, it got the attention of Londoners everywhere. Complete with its own bakery (they make some of the best Rye bread we’ve tried) and some of the finest Swedish pastries and sandwiches in the world, Fabrique also provides the perfect hub for any coffee-lover looking for something new, fresh and – of course – delicious. 212 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LA
This unique homewares store added an independent café to its repertoire a couple of years ago and the results are outstanding. Serving up some of the best Allpress coffee we’ve ever tried and incredible pastries from Balthazar bakery, its relaxing, undeniably cool setting makes for the perfect morning pitstop. While you’re there, try the avocado toast – undoubtedly the best in Notting Hill. 128 Talbot Road, London, W11 1JA.
Not only does this Kiwi established powerhouse supply some of the finest beans to the best cafés in London, it also has (a couple) of its own spots, too. The Espresso Bar on Redchurch Street is the perfect stop-off for a quick espresso (obviously) or a sit-in latte. 58 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP
Rapha Cycle Club
Any gentleman worth his wheels in gold will know about the Rapha Cycle Club. As one of the best in the business for professional and recreational cyclists alike, its coffee is as fantastic as its cycling kit. Stop off here to be seen with some of the coolest cats in the capital, and to sip on some seriously delicious coffee. 85 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN
Grind has gained itself a reputation for creating some of the most delicious cups of coffee in the world. Placing itself in some of the coolest spots in London, its garnered something of a cult reputation and is guaranteed to never disappoint. 19 Beak Street, Soho