As a population we are coffee crazy. The industry is thriving and in 2013 the coffee market broke the £1 billion mark with 800,000 British adults visit a coffee shop at least four times a week. Therefore being British we do what any sound minded British person would do, we create a national week celebrating the potent brown stuff.
So here at ONIN we have scoured London for you guy’s fave coffee hangouts and here’s what we came up with!
The best for………….groovy cakes
Food, coffee or tea Salt has it all. Exposed brickwork with a modern twist, Salt looks deceivingly large with its mirrored back room. Try their sarnie with some spicy tomato jam but save room for the cake, maybe a green tea brownie, trust us it’s good.
Runner up: Muffinskis
One of our favourite Covent Garden haunts. The muffins here are like no other you’ll find in London, filled to the brim with fruit and chocolate chunks. Try and catch them warm from the over, super dooper lush!
The best for…………awesome environment
You could easily walk right on past the attended if it wasn’t for its prestige, oh and the “Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee” sign outside. Owner Ryan has really got the coffee down at The Attendant, smooth and lovely with a double shot in every cup! A cosy toilet based setting, you’re sure not to have an coffee shop stop experience like this anywhere else in London!
The best for………….variety teas
Literally the coolest little coffee shop between Holborn and Tottenham Court Road tubes. All wood paneled with some cakes in the window, Wild and Wood is really a little haven away from the busy shops in oxford street. They even have fruit teas that taste, well, fruity! Their pomegranate vairty is a corker. Make sure to grab a cronut while you’re at it.
The best for…………..business venturing
Nude espresso are regular a regular pop up in the London coffee hit list, and are expanding at a rate of knots! Not content running two coffee shops they recently opened their own roastery opposite their Brick Lane store, and transform their meticulously sourced beans into fantastic coffee to sell wholesale and online. Head down to their cafes, their friendly staff are knowlegable and always happy to chat coffee!
The best for……………….Chai Latte
When you wandering into The Old Shoreditch Station the space looks rather kooky and holds a minimalistic artsy feel. However there is nothing minimalistic about their Mumbai Chai Latte! A creamy chai latte with really intense warming flavour, sprinkled with chocolate and cinnamon it is was well worth a trip. Oh and the waiting staff were really quite cool too!
Runner up: THE DISHOOM
The best for……………History
“We maintain barista-client confidentially”, just one of the endearing signs that can be seen outside of The Fleet Street Press. These coffee connoisseurs provide renowned coffee to professionals, students and tourists alike in the Kings Cross area. Teamed with loose leaf teas and a variety of hot chocolates there are beverages to suit all. Plus they sell some ace newspaper photography courtesy of London Press photographers to tie in with the historic setting!
The best for……………a Caribbean twist
How about a warming pot of wholesome Jamaican porridge and a shot of Blue Mountain coffee to give the morning a delicious kickstart?
Covent Garden’s Jamaica Patty Co., serves this famous and well regarded coffee throughout the day alongside their signature patties which have a variety of delicious spicy fillings including jerk chicken, curried goat and saltfish and ackee.
The best for………….Atmosphere
With branches on Brick Lane, Goswell Road and Bermondsy Street, you can always guarantee a corking cuppa from the Street Coffee team. It one of ONIN’s fave weekend coffee houses! Whether alone or in company you can sit back and chill with some magazines, plus their signs always make us chuckle by pushing the boundaries of social acceptableness. Check out the awesome list of celebs who signatures grace the walls, and be careful no to pick up the pound coin stuck in the worktop in Brick Lane!
Beverage of Choice: Mocha Mocha time!
The best for………………fixing your bike
Runner up: LOCK 7 CYCLE CAFE
The best for……..Freebees
So not quite in the same legue as the other guys here but with a Waitrose card you get free tea or lattes! Winner!
The best for………….Roasting
THE ROASTING PARTY
These cheeky chappies can often be seen donning dungarees and cycle caps. However don’t let these laid back auzzies fool you, they’re no coffee cop outs! Although not strictly a London coffee shop these guys are passionate about their products and have their sights set high, hopefully we’ll be seeing them in the city soon.