Here at The London Chocolate Company we know a thing or two about great coffee – probably because we get through enough of it in the day, everything from a Mocha (who doesn’t like the combination of coffee and chocolate!) to an energising Bulletproof coffee and whilst the big and often mediocre coffee chains are doing their best to squeeze into every corner of the capital, London now has a delightful array of artisan coffee shops and dedicated coffee bean roasters. So on a glorious weekend in London we decided to venture out and visit as many of them as we could, below is our top 10…
Workshop Coffee (various locations)
Workshop has a few coffee bars across London but it’s their award winning café and roastery in Clerkenwell that we love the most. Aside from their beautifully crafted coffees, they also serve delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner at this location and we’ve consistently found the service to be excellent. With plenty of seating you won’t be waiting long to enjoy this gem of a café. You can also purchase coffee and equipment either in the café or via their website and book a coffee masterclass to perfect your home brewing techniques.
The Attendant (Fitzrovia)
First and foremost this place is worth a visit just to see the location of this café – it resides in a beautifully transformed Victorian toilet that had originally been built around 1890! Just a 5 minute walk from Oxford Street, the coffee here is expertly crafted and the food is amazing. We only wish it was bigger as there isn’t much in the way of seating.
TAP Coffee (various locations)
There’s an infectious buzz when you walk into TAP’s coffee shops and whilst they’re not the quietest of places, they give you the sense of a thriving community. The food offering was by far one of the best we’ve seen in London’s artisan cafés and there was plenty of seating at the café we visited on Wardour Street. The coffee was robust and quite frankly delicious!
Kaffeine’s 2 trendy London locations are just a 5 minute walk from Oxford Street. They serve delicious Square Mile coffee and the quality of the food is outstanding. There’s something about the people here that make you feel they really care about the product and service they’re delivering to the customer and we like that very much.
Black Sheep Coffee (various locations)
We originally stumbled across Black Sheep Coffee at the Great Portland Street location which can be entered from inside the tube station and instantly fell in love with the branding and of course the coffee. The brilliantly branded cups with their bold logo and slogan “Leave The Herd Behind” we’re an instant hit with us. The fact they proudly serve bulletproof coffee and allow you to buy “suspended coffees” gives them bonus points from The London Chocolate Company team!
Taylor St Baristas (various locations)
When we visited this award winning café which is located just behind Bond Street Station and just a few minutes from the Selfridges end of Oxford Street, the first thing we noticed was the delightful array of salads, sandwiches and cakes on display. The coffees brought to our table were delicious and the service was excellent. The café has plenty of seating although it can get quite busy during lunch, oh and they’ve recently opened their first café in New York!
Nude Espresso (Brick Lane)
Nude espresso roast their own beans and you can tell – the coffee was by far one of the best we experienced. With plenty of seating, a fantastic selection of high quality food and service to compliment, this is definitely worth a special visit. Their distinctive coffee is also available to order online either whole bean or ground.
Ozone Coffee Roasters (Shoreditch)
Ozone is another of London’s coffee shops that actually roast their own beans and again you can taste the difference because the coffee is outstanding. We use the term “coffee shop” loosely here because the venue is more the size of a restaurant and provides high quality breakfast, lunch and dinner via the open kitchen at the centre of the café. Coffee beans and equipment can be purchased online.
Monmouth Coffee (various locations)
Monmouth have been roasting coffee in London since 1978 and today they still stand as one of the best in the business. We visited their original and buzzing Covent Garden location and whilst the queue was fairly long, we were served our flat whites promptly and the fresh chocolate truffles were excellent. There’s very limited seating at this location so you’ll probably do best to order a coffee ‘to go’ and enjoy the other beautiful sights of Covent Garden.
Sacred Coffee (various locations)
We visited Sacred Coffee in Westfield London (located in the atrium). All our coffees were carefully made and consistent – it’s by far the best coffee available in the shopping centre. The coffee at Sacred is rich and robust – just the way we like it and they make an excellent mocha which we love! There’s usually plenty of seating available and a variety of good quality food.
If you love coffee - take a look at our delicious Espresso Martini Chocolate Truffles.