London is awash with cafes and coffee shops and you can barely move between Tube stops without lurching in somewhere for a latte. Clerkenwell and Holborn have some of London’s best, from hipster wooden affairs that roast their own beans on site to more foodie focused affairs.
This London roastery come cafe has spots in both Holborn and Clerkenwell. Workshop Coffee’s beans are sourced from Africa and South America, and the cafe in Clerkenwell is home to an enormous roaster with sacks of beans sitting scattered about. Both are hotspots for creative types, and their flat whites and the pastries are delicious.
If you’re after a short sharp pick-me-up rather than a long lazy latte, The Espresso Room consistently makes a fab smaller cup. It uses beans from Caravan and while there’s hardly room to swing a cat inside, the guys here really know their stuff.
This gourmet coffee shop has become one of London’s finest, a gleaming example of all that’s right with independent cafes. These guys live, eat and breathe coffee and arrange workshops, training and appreciation events for caffeine addicts. Split over two floors, Prufrock is always busy and there’s a bakery below churning out amazing sweet and savoury treats.
In the summer Bench Cafe is a prime spot to sun yourself, hidden away as it is in the Goldsmiths Centre in Clerkenwell. It has a lovely courtyard, lots of outside seating and is light and airy inside as well, so pop by for homemade rolls, avo on toast and lashing of decent coffee.
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