London’s best coffee shops
London’s best coffee shops are now so many in number it’s hard to pick just 1, 5 or even 10. The London coffee scene has been evolving and constantly improving slowly but surely. The first London coffee shop or stall opened in the 1650s. However the increase in competition among speciality independent coffee shops over the last two decades has also seen the pace of change accelerate.
So it is now possible to create top 5 type lists of the London’s best coffee shops even by area, district or post code. The growth in demand and consumer expectations has now seen the development of speciality small chain coffee stores. Workshop, Grind, The department of coffee and social affairs and climpsons now have multiple stores.
Best area to get coffee in London?
So where is the best area to get coffee in London? Workshop Coffee, Prufrock Coffee and the department of coffee and social affairs normally feature on Top 5 or top 10 lists. Since they all have stores within walking distance of Farringdon station in London’s EC1 aka Clerkenwell (kinda) it is a good place to start . The short YouTube video featured above takes you on the tour from Farringdon station to all top 3 coffee shops in the area.
There are also many old favourites here in London. Monmouth coffee which was pioneering roasting here in London having first opened in the 1970s. The 1990s witnessed the rise of the Costa Coffee chain and the first Starbucks to reach Britain’s shores. It was probably the store Flat White which opened in London’s Soho in 2005 that kick started the huge rise in popularity of the independent specialist coffee stores we see today.
Despite the huge rise in popularity of sipping coffee in store its not all the stores sell. Many have amazing food menus and an increasing range of alternative drinks. Most of the coffee roasted here in London is consumed at home. So almost every store sells the beans and a small selection of equipment for making perfect coffee at home. Finally the best coffee shops and cafes in London is an ever changing and increasing list. So keep an eye on our blog for updates and new store openings.
The coffee shops featured in the YouTube video above are:
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, 14-16 Leather Lane, London. EC1N 7SU – www.departmentofcoffee.com
Prufrock coffee – 23-25 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TE – www.prufrockcoffee.com
Workshop coffee – 27 Clerkenwell Road, London. EC1M 5RN – www.workshopcoffee.com