Britain’s mild-mannered love affair with tea may be well documented, but London’s coffee scene has been steadily gaining steam. Ahead of UK Coffee Week and the London Coffee Festival we decided to track down the best java in the city.
From Soho standards to Shoreditch cupping workshops, Chloe Callow – of Caffeine magazine and the London‘s Best Coffee app – knows her stuff. She’s even teamed up with SideStory to lead coffee-focused insider experiences around the city. We joined one of her excursions and now, jittery with excitement, we present our well-caffeinated findings…
In Fitzrovia, Workshop Coffee, with its Gothic green tiles and seasonal signature drinks, is an ideal outpost. Top billing for single-origin coffees goes to Origin Coffee Roasters in Shoreditch. Plonk yourself down at this dedicated brew bar and watch the baristas in action. Prufrock, a laid-back cafe and coffee school on Clerkenwell’s bustling Leather Lane, is well worth a visit too.
Perfect pastry pairings
A cup of joe practically screams for a sweet side. That’s why Bread Ahead in Borough Market is the place to be for pillowy, filled-to-bursting doughnuts. The salted caramel and fig ones are particularly good. You can also sign up for lessons and learn how to bake anything from bagels to patisserie… and doughnuts too, of course.
For a full meal with great brew, Chloe gives Field’s, a brunch spot in Clapham top marks. Go for the Koppi coffee, duck confit on brioche, and seasonal soft-serve. In north London, grain store-turned-eatery Caravan at King’s Cross serves small-batch, single-origin coffee, as well as eggs made just about every way and coconut bread. If you’re smitten with their java, you can take a fresh bag of beans home.