This weekend, The London Coffee Festival was held. When I was in London a week and a half earlier, there were lots of adverts on the tube about it. Last year I thought of attending as well, but I think I went to Italy or Hungary or Greece or somewhere instead. Some year, I'll have to get around to attending!
Though England is more of a tea country, there is plenty of good coffee, especially in London.This is brilliant for those of us, like myself, who don't find the two mutually exclusive.
In honour of The London Coffee Festival, I present you with my Top 5 Favourite London Coffeeshops. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are many coffee shops in London I have yet to try, just a few of my favourites. Check here for a complete listing of London's best coffee.
This is my overall favourite place! There are four locations of this branch, each with their own signature flair, such as the Fitzrovia location's almond milk. The roasting is now done in Bethnal Green, not far from my adopted flat.
This Australian/ New Zealand owned cafe has two locations, both around Oxford Street. The (unconfirmed rumor) is that baristas must have three years of experience before working here. They also serve Australian specialties like Anzac biscuits.
3) Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
With many locations throughout London, this is a great bet for a soya flat white for takeaway no matter where you are in the city.
4) Climpson and Sons
Despite its location on Broadway Market and its proximity to my old stomping grounds, I visited here for the first time during my recent trip to London. It's usually a good sign that the coffee will be good when the baristas are Australian and this was indeed the case here.
Going on with the East London theme, this coffee shop has two locations, one in Victoria Park and one on Broadway Market. I've only been to the Victoria Park location, as it was close to my university when I studied in London. Its location is great and away from the bustle of the city and its coffee is always on point.
Like I said, there are still many places I haven't visited, that is the joy of London! Where would you recommend?
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