The Low Down: So some of you might know, I’m a bit of a coffee addict. Having grown up in Perth, Western Australia, where the coffee is amazing no matter where you go, I get pretty upset when the black stuff ain’t up to scratch. Some may say I’m a coffee snob (yes, I do bring my own coffee to work) but I’ll own that.
Living in London I’ve made it a bit of a mission to search out the best spots to get the black nectar. So while this is an adaptation of my traditional blogs; here are some honourable mentions, with my ultimate Top 3 below:
Honourable’s (in no particular order):
- Taylor St. Baristas – 9 cafes across London
- Brew – Aussie owned, with Tim Tams on the counter. 4 sites across London. Food is hit and miss which is unfortunate.
- Artisan Coffee – 4 sites in South West and West London
- Tamp Coffee – Chiswick
- Chief Coffee – Chiswick with arcade games down stairs
- Association Coffee – In the city
- Nude Coffee Roasters – 4 sites in East London
- Ground Coffee Society – 1 cafe in Putney, awesome food too.
- Grind – 6 Cafes across London, some do food too.
- The New Black – Like walking into a science experiment, 1 cafe next to the Walkie Talkie.
My Top 3
1 – The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (departmentofcoffee.com) – Double Espresso £2.50, Latte £2.90
Despite having a super cool name, this place has some seriously good coffee. Antipodean owned and influenced, these guys have 9 venues across London, which means you’ll always be in reach of a good caffeine hit.
2 – Monmouth Coffee Company (monmouthcoffee.co.uk) – Double Espresso £2, Latte £3.10
One of the original coffee co’s before London’s coffee obsession really kicked off, Monmouth have 2 cafes, the original in Covent Garden (on Monmouth Street) and a second in Borough Market (near London Bridge). Seriously good coffee at a non-extortionate price (for espressos), these guys roast and sell their own beans too, which means you can enjoy this stuff at home also. Don’t be put off by the wait, a long line at peak times is normal, but trust me its worth it and moves quick. Their pastries are incredible too and rival the best in France.
3 – Timberyard (tyuk.com) – Double Espresso £2.40
Chasing Vegemite on toast? This is your place. The Australian influence here is strong, with great coffee to back things up. Timberyard only falls short to Monmouth based on its pricing – slightly more. Very popular with workspace types and near on impossible to snag a seat at the 7 dials branch, unless you get there early – or happen to catch a MacBook wielding hipster just as they are leaving. Best to avoid the awkward stalking and just grab a take-away.