London’s best: Coffee shops

by Calum Donoghue

From extra shot caramel macchiatos to every milk alternative you can think of, here are the best of the best coffee shops in London...


It is no secret London runs on coffee, that and the underground, it’s a commuter's best friend and there is no shortage of places to purchase the finest brew in town. So we made choosing a coffee house for your morning pick-me-up that much easier with a selection of the top five artisan roasters and independent shops.



Inspired by the amazing coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Kaffeine is an independently owned cafe and espresso bar with two locations in London's Fitzrovia, just 5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road. Kaffeine’s charming staff and excellent coffee is a perfect choice for your morning kick.

Location: Fitzrovia


Omotesando Koffee

A boutique coffee chain hailing from Japan, the sleek and stylish spot on Newman Street leaves much to the imagination with less fussy interiors and more darn good coffee. Frequently described the best coffee in Tokyo, their London offering lives up to the hype delivering a highly curated hospitality experience.

Location: Soho

Omotesando Koffee


The Gentlemen Baristas

With coffee houses across London, and an independent roastery in the heart of the East End, The Gentleman Baristas serve superb specialty coffee, tremendous cakes and historic brunch. Since opening in 2014 on Union Street, just around the corner from the factory where the Bowler hat was invented, the coffee house is inspired by, and determined to recreate, those age-old traditions of serving a superb cup of coffee in creative and inspiring surroundings and providing a meeting point and thinking space for London’s modern-day visionaries.

Location: Piccadilly, Mayfair, Borough, London Bridge, Southwark, Vinegar Yard, Holborn, Hammersmith, Poplar

The Gentleman Baristas


Lever & Bloom Coffee

Run by Elena and Mounir, Lever & Bloom Coffee is a small speciality coffee cart serving delicious hand-pulled espresso-based drinks (using ethically sourced speciality coffee beans from London roasters Climpson & Sons), artisan viennoiseries from The Little Bread Pedlar bakery, traybakes from Cakesmiths, and home-baked delights. Award-winning Birchall tea and Mofo Deluxe drinking chocolate are also on offer.

Location: Bloomsbury

Lever & Bloom Coffee


Redemption Roasters

With locations across London, Redemption Roasters has a mission to reduce prisoner reoffending in the UK which are some of the in the western world. At their roastery at HMP The Mount, they train residents in barista, coffee production, and roasting skills as well as incredible coffee for their London coffee shops.

Location: Broadgate Circle, Kings Cross, Islington High Street, Bloomsbury, Barbican, Dulwich Village

Redemption Roasters