Dotted on every street corner in London you’ll find a coffee shop, usually a Costa Coffee or Pret abrim (yuck!) with tired commuters, business types getting their morning fix and tourists eager to get their hands on a cold brew. But if you look a little further up the road, you’ll often find a cosy independent coffee shop housing specialty coffee, a bustling atmosphere and a corner perfect for hot desking. So take the extra sets and set your morning coffee standards much, much higher.
Jolt Coffee has become city renowned for its specialty ice blends and black-gloved staff, which now fits well with COVID-19 regulations. The Fitzrovia hideout opened up last year and brought with it style, charisma and great coffee. Every single style of coffee has been carefully thought out and crafted, using single-origin beans to create well-balanced and theatrical blends.
LOCATION: 40-41 GREAT CASTLE STREET, FITZROVIA, W1W 8LU
Noxy Brothers, Burlington Arcade
Following the success of their coffee cart in Burlington Arcade, Noxy Brothers have recently launched their permanent residencies inside the luxury retail landscape. Kickstart your morning with one of their expertly single origin coffee blends or cool down with one of their coffees over ice this weekend. Paired alongside one of their flaky pastries or oozy cheese toasties, you’re in for a real treat.
LOCATION: 51 PICCADILLY, MAYFAIR W1J 0QJ
Monmouth Coffee Company
London is swamped with coffee shops dotted on every street corner but the mammoth giants at the top of the pillar, at least for us, are Monmouth Coffee Company. These guys know every you could possibly need to know about what roasts work best for each coffee style, how to brew each blend until they’re perfect and not overly bitter, and how to continue on this stretch with every single takeout order. Head on over to one of their London outposts and their team will help you pick out the best coffee fit for your needs, preferences and personality. You can’t go wrong with Monmouth Coffee Company.
LOCATION: SEVEN DIALS, BERMONDSEY & THE BOROUGH
Born out of a love for the dedicated coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Kaffeine now boasts two espresso bars in Fitzrovia. While both outposts are on the smaller side, they continually churn out high quality specialty coffees, best for when you’re on the go or fancy cosying up on one of the benches and people watching your day away. If you’re looking to up your coffee game at home, Kaffeine holds courses that’ll help you make the most out of your roasts and whizz up exceptional latte art.
LOCATION: 15 EASTCASTLE STREET, W1T 3AY || 66 GREAT TITCHFIELD STREET, W1W 7QJ