Cafe

BATCH BABY

Batch Baby, De Beauvoir Road, London

What was once a temporary passion project is now an award-winning multi-roaster speciality coffee shop open seven days a week. Batch Baby is serving up speciality coffee from all over the world on the border of Islington and Hackney. They celebrated their two-year birthday in late 2023 and were awarded the Grounds of Innovation award by BRITA UK. Stop by for great coffee, great food and great vibes.

COFFEE COLLECTIVE

Coffee Collective Jægersborggade, Jægersborggade, Copenhagen, Denmark

There’s plenty of great coffee shops in Copenhagen but one of our favourites is Coffee Collective. They have a few spots around the city now, so look out for them for a coffee fix wherever you are, but we especially like the Jægersborggade location, as it’s one of the city’s nicest streets, packed with boutique stores. The coffee is on point, there’s nice outdoor seating, and even a few tasty pastries to enjoy.

FORMATIVE

The lack of quality coffee on offer in this part of town is what drew founder Kissick to set up Formative and these guys put ALL their attention on the coffee. The drinks menu is short but sweet including espresso, flat white, latte, and filter coffee (brewed on V60), and you won’t find any info on the origin or processing as these guys wanna remove the faff when it comes to coffee. But what we do know is that the coffee is good, and you can enjoy it to-go or inside Formative’s minimalist granite, marble and wood interior.

INTERMISSION

The clue’s in the name, yep Intermission are all about taking time out of the daily grind for a coffee (and a sustainable one at that). These guys not only ensure equality is met within the supply chain, but also cause no unnecessary harm to the planet too. Located just outside of West Hampstead station, they’re serving up brews fresh from their local roastery so you can drink good and do good.

PARADOX

When it comes to coffee, these guys pay attention to the finer details and that means the latest kit, top-notch baristas and a smooth running service (to make their super smooth brews obvs). You’ll find the Paradox coffee cart at Netil Market, serving up a whopping range of guest roasts as well as their own too.

PRUFROCK

Prufrock aims to support local producers and small scale growers, serving coffee from Square Mile alongside featured roasters from all across the world including Five Elephant, Coffee Collective, La Cabra and so many more. We’re also big fans of their brunch, with the likes of the Prufrock Benny and ice-cream brioche sando on the menu.

KURO

This is one of the capital’s newest coffee haunts and has taken inspiration from Japanese minimalism (which means amongst the loud houses of Notting Hill you really can’t miss it). Expect a full body house blend, fruity single origin options and a matchaccino that’s made from some of the best matcha around.

WATCHHOUSE

WatchHouse have set the standards for modern coffee, making it one of our fave places to enjoy a brew in town. There’s six different houses all serving the speciality stuff and good food, but we love the OG Bermondsey branch.

ROSSLYN

Rosslyn is an Irish and Aussie-inspired coffee house pouring shots without the pomp. These guys only care about what tastes good, offering seasonal coffees carefully selected each and every week. Expect a flat white like none other and great conversation with the baristas behind the bar.

GRANGER & CO

Granger & Co. Kings Cross, London

Aussie Bill Granger has made a chain out of his eponymous restaurants, and like the others, the KX branch serves up an eclectic menu that draws influence from around the world. The dinner menu consists of small plates, bowls and grains, big plates, and BBQ – and it’s one of those where you want to order absolutely everything. We find the most winners on the small plates but it’s worth a trip down for brekkie too…those eggs are good and the ricotta hotcakes are legendary.

CARAVAN

Caravan King's Cross, Granary Square, London

The King’s Cross outpost of Caravan not only boasts a large industrial dining room but a separate coffee bar and on-site roastery. They take their coffee very seriously, so not only can you buy it freshly poured but you can order a whole range of blends and kit to improve your own coffee game. If you’re after something more substantial than a cup of joe, their all-day menu won’t disappoint, from the bangin’ brunches to the small plates, which are a mash-up of Asian, European and Middle Eastern flavours to the pizzas.

WHITE MULBERRIES

Ivory House St Katharine Docks E1W 1AT

There’s no better place to get your shots off than White Mulberries. The coffee shop serves up a damn good cuppa joe and their brunch is pretty spot on too. With all their goodies made in-house or delivered from local bakeries, it’s all super fresh and totally Instagrammable.

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BLIGHTY CAFE

Blighty Cafe is all about the community and don’t just do coffee and brunch. Oh no, these guys host life drawing classes, yoga lessons, table tennis and much much more. And if you just wanna enjoy your full English and coffee in peace, you can always chill out in their sunny garden.

FWD:COFFEE

Formerly known as Fix, you can still get your fix without the fuss at FWD:Coffee. Serving up their own blends of Climpson & Sons, and lots of pastries and treats, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon pick me up, and they also have a pretty bangin’ playlist.

CHIEF COFFEE

Turnham Green Terrace Mews, London W4 1QU

Sure Chief Coffee does a good cup of joe, who wouldn’t with Workshop Coffee and Drip Coffee at hand?! But Chief Coffee is the BOSS because it’s filled with classic pinball machines from the 80s & 90s; think Cactus Canyon, Monster Bash, Medieval Madness and Cirqus Voltaire, and they even offer lessons if you’re a bit rusty.

KAFFEINE

66 Great Titchfield Street, London

Taking inspo from Aussie coffee shops, Kaffeine is all about great coffee, good food and a friendly service. The coffee is spot on every time and with a weekly changing menu you’ll never get bored of the grub either; think breakfast brioches, tiramisu icing friands and healthy salads.

CABLE CO

103 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3NS

Cable Co know a thing or two about coffee. Serving up Climpson & Sons beans, alongside guest local roasters these guys will make sure your coffee is absolutely perfect before serving. And with lots of superfood smoothies, this place won’t just give you your caffeine fix.

GINGER & WHITE

4a-5a Perrin's Court, London NW3 1QS

Ginger & White is a proper family run cafe that serves up Square Mile coffee, an all-day brunch and lots of homemade cakes. Everything has been tried and tested and there’s nothing shabby about this place – you are in Hampstead after all darling.

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