My journey exploring Independent coffee shops in London

I freely admit that I am a bit of a coffee snob and one of my goals is to find the perfect coffee. With that in mind, I love trying out the independent coffee shops in London. Often they have a quirky vibe, interesting menu and the staff have incredible passion when it comes to the coffee they serve.

Below, in no particular order, I have captured my journey across the coffee shops of London. Where possible I have added their contact details.

 

Mud Café in Tooting

141 Mitcham Road | Tooting, London SW17 9PE, England

 

Fabulous coffee shop discovery in Tooting London @mudcafes . Flat white sharp and corn fritters with avocado, bacon and spicy tomatoes is exceptional !

Milk [Balham]

18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG, UK

www.milk.london

+44 20 8772 9085

 

Brilliant menu- the corn fritters are off the charts and the coffee was top quality.

They have a sister shop in Tooting (MilkTeeth) https://www.instagram.com/milkteethcoffee/  which has become one of my go to places. Edgy interior design.

Bar Termini

7 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JE, UK

www.bar-termini-soho.com

+44 7860 945018

The art of the affogato @terminisoho . Never tried an Affogato before. Needless to say it was sensational.

Jusu brothers

147-149 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS, UK

+44 20 3802 8805

www.jusubrothers.com

Great little place in Westbourne Grove- total coffee geeks- in a nice way!

Over and under coffee

181A Earls Ct Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9RB, UK

overundercoffee.com

 

Cute independent coffee shop @overundercoffee in Earls Court, London. Coffee was smooth!

 

Brickwood Coffee & Bread

11 Hildreth St, London SW12 9RQ, UK

+44 20 8772 6818

Aussie founded and owned. Loved their take on the BLT, the B.L.A.T. Coffee was not too shabby either.

Kaffeine

66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QJ, UK

kaffeine.co.uk

+44 20 7580 6755

Unquestionably one of London’s finest independent coffee shops. Love coming here whether after a gym session or just to hang out. Staff / Baristas are real experts in their craft: @kaffeinelondon.

 

Curators coffee

9a Cullum Street ,London EC3M 7JJ

020 7283 4642

www.curatorscoffee.com

Breakfast and coffee is fantastic! Great ambiance and vibe there.

 

Drop shot coffee

281 Wimbledon Park Road, SW19 6NW London, UK

http://www.dropshotcoffee.co.uk/

Discovered a fabulous new coffee shop @dropshotcoffeeldn in South West London. Fantastic neighbourhood vibe and coffee was 5 stars.

 

Aster Victoria

150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB, UK

aster-restaurant.com

+44 20 3875 5555

 

Lovely interior, extensive menu, with something for everyone.

Franze Evans

101 Redchurch St, London E2 7DL, UK

 +44 20 7033 1910

https://www.instagram.com/franzeevans/

 

 Great Coffee! carrot cake is awesome!  And Cortada is smooth!

Farmgirlcafe

59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB, UK

thefarmgirl.co.uk

+44 20 7229 4678

One of the most ‘instagrammed’ cafes in London. Amazing atmosphere, delicious coffee and great staff.  https://www.instagram.com/farmgirlcafe/

 

Workshop Coffee

80 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7FE

https://workshopcoffee.com

 

Next door to one of my favourite spin studios: Psycle London. Such passion for their coffee!

 

 

 

Balans soho society

187 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SH, UK

balans.co.uk

+44 20 7376 0115

I didn’t know this brand and after walking past it enough times on the way to Saturday morning gym,I decided to give it a go. Very cool branding and enjoyed the relaxing vibe in the Kensington branch!

 

Timmy Green

The Nova Building, 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, Westminster, London SW1E 5DJ, UK

+44 20 3019 7404

The Bondi breakfast, smashed Avo,pancakes….all yum.

As you would expect from an Aussie owned café, the coffee was fab.

  

Minnow

Minnow, 21 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY, United Kingdom

minnowclapham.co.uk

+44 20 7720 4105 

The perfect Café. Healthy Breakfast and Flat White whilst watching the morning go by, gazing out over Clapham Common

 

 

 

 The Ivy Cafe Wimbledon Village

 75 High St, Wimbledon, London SW19 5EQ, UK

theivycafewimbledon.com

+44 20 3096 9333

 

Whilst the Ivy doesn’t qualify as an Independent café/coffee shop-I like to try a new branch out whenI can. Very consistent and totally focused on quality- Great coffee!

 

 

 The Attendant

75 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TJ

https://the-attendant.com

By far the quirkiest coffee shop location in London- filling a space that was a public toilet/WC! Don’t worry it has all been sanitized!

Great atmosphere and music. Oh and pretty damn good Coffee!

 

Crosstown Doughnuts

5-6 Picton Pl, London W1U 1BL

020 7487 3733

https://crosstowndoughnuts.com

 

 

Did not have high expectations coffee wise but was pleasantly surprised! The donuts look amazing too!

 

 

Popina

83 Duke St, Mayfair, London W1K 5PF, UK

www.popina.co.uk/

+44 20 7629 8883 

 

Great coffee and super fresh food with a twist

 

 

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

96 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4SG, UK

theivykensingtonbrasserie.com

+44 20 3301 0500

 

Another day, another Ivy- always efficient service and consistent menu!

 

Core Collective

45 Phillimore Walk, Kensington, London W8 7RZ, UK

https://www.core-collective.co.uk/

+44 20 7937 6377

THE BEST FRONT OF HOUSE AND KITCHEN STAFF IN LONDON- No question!

The coffee and smoothies are first class and help refuel the soul after a tough work out. They have such a great philosophy. Always feel at home here!

Flocafe Espresso Room

40 S Molton St, Mayfair, London W1K 5RW, UK

New coffee shop experience. Tried the Honduras Premium unique blend – smooth. Trendy crowd. Great vibe and tunes – reminded me of Ibiza chill.

 

 

Wayne’s Coffee

225 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SA, UK

 +44 20 7460 4514

waynescoffee.co.uk

 

 

Fine, smooth cuppa Coffee!

 

 

 

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