They say London changes a person, and it has definitely done this to me in regards to coffee, back home in Spain I used to despise the taste and smell of it and would always opt for a fresh juice, milkshake or smoothie, and now I love getting that little caffeine fix. But I seem to have become a bit of a coffee snob as not all our enjoyed by my tastebuds.
From Instagrammed flat whites to hipster independent pop-ups, London has a lot to offer in regards to good coffee. Discover the best places with me to get your caffeine fix in the capital, starting with Shoreditch.
Paper and Cup: Coffee with purpose
This little coffee shop stole my heart right from the start. A non profit social enterprise created by the Spitafields trust, a great cause helping people recover from addiction by encouraging them to get clean and sober with hope for a better future. All profits from the cafe go straight back into their work.
Inside this cute coffee shop not only do they serve some fantastic coffee, you can treat yourself with some yummy freshly baked treats including some fantastic vegan options too. A definite must if in the area, a great spot to catch up with some work, and to people watch.
Address: 18, Calvert Ave, London E2 7JP
Fix 126: The sister branch to Fix Coffee
I would love to say I came across this cafe myself, but it came highly recommended from colleagues at work as it is short walk from our office. Fix 126 has the hipster coffee shop down to a tee, with simple decor, bright windows giving lovely natural light, exposed brick pillars and a lovely wooden floor.
They provide an exclusive and locally sourced roasted coffee blend. It’s light and airy space make it a perfect location for freelancers and creatives alike. Sister branch of Fix Coffee (Founded in 2009 in Whitechapel) you can find Fix 126 on Curtain Road on the corner of Rivington Street.
Address: 126 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PJ
Origin: Sustainable coffee sourcing
A coffee shop with a story, it all began in the beautiful town of Porthelen in Cornwall, and has grown far and beyond, and now is conveniently located a few doors down from my office. With it’s coffee still being roasted in Cornwall, this coffee shop is a prime example of how sustainable sourcing can go a long way. Their approach to sourcing is through direct trade, the stories behind each cup stretches across continents.
The coffee has a perfect naturally sweet taste, a lovely touch if you have a sweet tooth like me. Their downstairs area is used as an academy, where they teach industry accredited coffee courses.
Address: 65 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PE
Friends of ours: A home away from home
This small little hidden gem, is located on Pitflied street. Friends of ours serve brunch all day everyday, not only is it a great place for food you can also just have a coffee and catch up with some work. However it can seem incredibly to avoid all the yummy food and smells surrounding you. And independent coffee shop with a lovely feeling of warmth and familiarity, as they say “a sense of homely warmth”.
Address: 61 Pitfield St, Hoxton, London N1 6BU
Grind: Coffee after hours
This independent coffee shop is rapidly taking over London, with the first located on old street roundabout, their signature blend is located daily here. After hours these quirky independent coffee shops become a sleek looking cocktail bar. They serve one of the best espresso martinis this city has to offer.
My favourite Grind has to be their Shoreditch cafe, with simply touches such as neon lights this is the perfect place to catch up with friends or hold a meeting. With a recording studio upstairs, a cocktail bar downstairs, some great food and coffee you can’t go wrong.
Address: 213 Old St, London EC1V 9NR