Londoners have no excuse for drinking bad coffee. There are too many good options out there for you to be wasting money on some bitter brown water from a fast food outlet. So, in celebration of National Coffee Day in the US on Thursday 29 September 2016 and International Coffee Day on 1 October 2016, The Resident shares some of our favourite spots to load up on that black gold in London
Words: Andrew Zuccala
1 Flat White, Soho
This Soho institution is famous for bringing the beacon of hipster culture to london – the flat white. Before then, poor Londoners had to struggle with awful americanos and burnt milk. With Australian and New Zealand roots, this coffee shop continues to smash out delicious coffee for their regulars and tourists alike. Head over for a great cuppa and to thank them for helping revolutionise the coffee industry in London. They deserve some praise.
17 Berwick Street, W1F 0PT; flatwhitesoho.co.uk
2 The Attendant, Fitzrovia
This quirky coffee bar is hidden within a 19th Century Gent’s toilet. There isn’t an abundance of space but it’s well worth squeezing in, just to experience some good coffee in a fun location. The barista is obsessively dedicated to his craft with every coffee coming out perfectly measured. So take a seat at the urinals and enjoy your lunch break coffee in this subterranean gem.
27A Foley Street, London W1W 6DY; the-attendant.com
3 Climpson and Sons, Hackney
What sets Climpson and Sons apart from the rest of the great coffee shops in East London is its speciality home roasted blends. Their single origin espresso’s are meticulously crafted and shots are pulled by staff who know exactly what they’re doing. But beware the long lines on weekends when the wait might just be too much for you if you’re desperate for a hot brew. Instead, mosey on down to their pop up coffee stall on Broadway Market on Saturdays.
Various East London locations; climpsonandsons.com
4 Caravan, King’s Cross & Exmouth Market
You know you’re in for a decent coffee when you see a cafe using Caravan beans. Even if the milk is burnt and the coffee is over-extracted, it will beat most chain coffee shops. But Caravan in King’s Cross know exactly what they’re doing with their own beans and take a great deal of pride in all aspects of the cafe culture. Their brunch and lunch options are on point plus you can’t help but marvel at your surroundings. Set within a Grade II listed grain store in the heart of London, it’s a great spot to unwind and do some quality people watching.
Granary Square, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA; caravanrestaurants.co.uk
5 E5 Bakehouse, London Fields
Huddled under the arches of the London Overground, this East London hipster’s paradise is overflowing with delicious goods. And while being famous for producing organic artisan sourdough bread, E5 Bakehouse is fast becoming known for its great Nude Coffee brews as well. Grab a coffee-to-go with some freshly made pastries or enjoy something off their ever-changing breakfast and lunch menu. You can even go next door to their shop selling British cheeses, charcuterie hamemade jams and a plethora of other local delights . This place has a bit of everything including a superb espresso.
Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH; e5bakehouse.com
6 Paul, various locations
In celebration of National Coffee Day, Paul will be selling all their coffees for £1. And although this is a chain store, the Paul franchise does serve up a decent coffee at their various locations around London. Plus who can turn down the notion of £1 coffee? It’s the perfect reason to try out their unique blends to see how it compares to their coffee shop rivals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
7 FreeState Coffee, Central
The more adventurous coffee enthusiasts out there will love FreeState Coffee for providing an enormous range coffees, coming from Copenhagen to Cornwall. This is a well-oiled machine with short waits for great espressos and filter coffees everyday day of the week.
23 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5H; freestatecoffee.co.uk
8 Fields, Clapham
This somewhat unimpressive looking cafe is perhaps the best spot for coffee in Clapham. Brought to us by the owners of the super cool Milk in Balham, this place will dish out beautiful Workshop espressos and Koppi filters while serving impeccable food. Never wanting regular customers to be bored, Fields is effortlessly changes its menu on a daily basis although, sadly, it is only open from Wednesday to Sunday.
10, Rookery Road, London SW4 9DD; fieldscafe.com
9 Chief Coffee, Chiswick
Chief Coffee in Chiswick focuses on continuously producing some high-quality brews made from Workshop Coffee and Drop Coffee. They are known for their iced coffees and speciality cold brews but you need to go beyond the surface to find what makes this place so unique. Their basement lounge is packed full of 80’s and 90’s pinball machines for those who love their retro games. Chief coffee is perfect for a quick takeaway coffee before work or a lazy day of old-school fun.
Turnham Green Terrace Mews, London W4 1QU; chief-coffee.com
10 The Espresso Room, Bloomsbury
Inspired by Melbourne’s coffee kiosks, this quaint coffee shop will consistently smash out perfect cups of coffee from Square Mile, Dark Woods Coffee and other speciality roasters. It is always listed amongst the best coffee spots in London and we at The Resident can’t help but agree. Also don’t miss out on their doughnuts and other delictable pastries.
31-35 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HZ; theespressoroom