The London speciality coffee scene has come a long way in the past decade, with independent coffee shops scattered across the vast city.
Here are some of the best speciality coffee shops the city has to offer in no particular order:
- Black Swan Yard Coffee
Originally a ‘hole-in-a-wall’ space in Bermondsey that has since grown to encompass seating in a bicycle shop, this place manages to pack a punch with a carefully curated list of guest coffees.With its hip, intimate vibes and attention to detail, it has become the place for locals to grab their caffeine fix while admiring the bikes on display.
- Carbon Kopi
Firmly planted in the residential areas of Fulham, West Kensington, and Barons Court, this Hammersmith coffee shop serves some of the best coffee in West London. With its relaxed neighbourhood vibes, this popular corner spot is a work-from-home staple for many as well as a welcome break for those working at the nearby Charing Cross Hospital.
A ‘hidden gem’ serving exceptional coffee and featuring guest roasters on filter, it also has a shelf full of Kiwi and Aussie irresistible treats which draw the Antipodean crowd both near and far.
A destination for Londoners and a favourite of London’s once-bustling commercial district, Rosslyn has attracted punters both near and far with top notch coffee and rotating guest filters. Special care is given to service and the focus is fully on coffee in a light, bright space.
In the summer, its legendary soft serves and iced coffees are the talk of the town, made with its own house espresso.
- My Little Cup London
Nestled inside the South Ealing tube station, the London arm of the excellent My Little Cup name is a charming little grab-and-go stop serving some of the best takeaway speciality coffee in the area.
Commuters and locals love it alike with its friendly service and freshly baked French treats including caneles and croissants. If you’re ever travelling on the Piccadilly line or heading to the airport, this speciality coffee spot is sure to charm your taste buds.
- Intermission Coffee
With its bold, fun and pastel colours, this West Hampstead location is satisfying locals’ cravings for speciality coffee. Conveniently located next to the West Hampstead overground station, this cheerful coffee shop seems to be doing all the right things with sustainability at the forefront of all that it does.
- Good Boy Coffee
Well-suited to its Chiswick locale and clientele, this dog-friendly essential overlooks the leafy surrounds of Chiswick Back Common and serves takeaway coffee in a chic, contemporary space.Friendly service, well-made coffees, and a cabinet full of tempting offerings are just the ticket before a canine romp.
- Moko Made
Distinctly individual, this Hoxton coffee shop serves some of the best specialitycoffee and food with Japanese flair.Vintage décor, ceramics and art make it easy for customers to feel right at home, or for those feeling homesick, a home away from home.