My Top 5 Coffee Shops in Central London
Coffee is a passion. Truly, it is. And if you disagree, we really can't be friends anymore.
Okay, okay totally joking. We can still be friends.
But, seriously, coffee is one of my passions. I LOVE coffee. And perks, caffeine really has no effect on me unless I drink like 10 espresso shots. That might be overdoing it a little... Anyways, since I've moved to London I've been to many many coffee shops. Trying to find the one just for me and hey look, I've found 5!
These 5 shops are all in central London aka Zone 1. They're are tons of good coffee shops and cafes outside of central London but I like staying central. Can you blame me?
I'm going to stop rambling now. Here's my top 5 favorite coffee shops in London!
Kaffeine is my number 1 pick. It's an independently owned Australian and New Zealand coffee shop with just 2 locations near Oxford Circus. They serve fresh baked pastries, small plates, and of course some rocking coffee. Both of their locations are quite small so don't expect to get a seat so easily. Even during midday it's quite busy in there. Plan for a grab and go but if you spot a spot take a seat and enjoy your coffee the way it should be enjoyed!
2. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. It has a bit of an uppity we're better than the rest attitude as their reputation but hey some times these type of places deserve to be a bit pretentious. The coffee here is divine. They also have a coffee + pastry deal for 4 Pounds. If that's not a steal in London, I don't know what is.
3. Workshop Coffee
Workshop Coffee is a no frills coffee shop. It's just good coffee, good pastries, and good conversation. You won't find any venti cups here. Everything comes in the class small cappuccino cups whether you're eating in or taking away. Aside from the wafting smell of espresso flowing out the door, the minimal industrial vibes here will be sure to pull you in and make you stay awhile. I find their espresso to be a bit stronger so if you're looking for a good kickstart to your day, this is definitely the place to be.
4. Monmouth Coffee
Monmouth Coffee is straight up GREAT coffee. This is probably the most popular spot that I've listed so far. There's always lines of people spilling out of their tiny tiny shops. They also offer nothing but coffee. No chai tea lattes here! There's also no soy, oat, almond, coconut, hemp, etc. etc., milks offered here. Whole milk only. So lactose intolerant or diary free people steer clear! Monmouth coffee also sells a variety of coffee beans if you're looking to take home their perfected coffee selections. I also highly recommend you get their oh so fudgy brownie to pair with that silk like espresso. The brownies there are to die for, seriously.
5. Timberyard Seven Dials
Timberyard is one this list because it's my favorite place to sit and do work all day. They have a large downstairs area filled with comfy couches and also desks, for all you boring people. Just kidding! I work at the desks too. I only ever visit on weekdays because the weekends in Covent Garden and the Seven Dials area gets crazy crowded. Not trying to deal with that! Get there early, like before 3pm, if you want an easy time at grabbing a seat. Another thing that's great about Timberyard is that they have a variety of vegan and gluten free pastries, which the other coffee shops don't necessarily offer or have a large selection of.
7 Upper St Martin's Ln, London WC2H 9DL