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8 Great Cafes and Coffee Shops in Holborn-Clerkenwell, London

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.

 

 

Workshop Coffee
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Try the house blend

Try the house blend | © Robert Young /Flickr

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.

 

 

 

 

More Info
Mon:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual
The Espresso Room
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Tea , $$$$
Stop by for your hit

Stop by for your hit | © cahadikin /Flickr

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.
More Info
Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day
Prufrock
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$$
Prufrock's coffee

Prufrock's coffee | © Duncan C /Flickr

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.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tue:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual
Fleet River Bakery
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Coffee bar at Fleet River Bakery

© spektrograf/Flickr

Fleet River Bakery puts the emphasis back on the food. Fresh salads, quiches and soups are made daily using seasonal and local ingredients.  It’s a great spot for a weekday lunch or a more casual coffee experience.
More Info
Mon - Wed:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Fri:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual
J+A Cafe
Cafe, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Irish, European, $$$$
J+A takes over a wonderful courtyard off Sutton Lane and the emphasis here is on Irish food and wholesome baking, so think gorgeous sponges, soda breads and plenty of tea. The cafe really evokes the feeling of a happy family well fed.
More Info
Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Casual, Relaxed
Bench Cafe
Cafe, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Avo on toast

Avo on toast | © julochka/Flickr

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.
More Info
Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors
The Clerkenwell Kitchen
Cafe, Sandwich Shop, European, Vegetarian, $$$$
Try their Shepherds Pie

Try their Shepherds Pie | © Sodanie Chea/Flickr

The Clerkenwell Kitchen has an ethical and organic focus, sourcing its ingredients and stocking brands that fit into its ethos. Open all day, it serves six lunch dishes, from Shepherd’s Pie to Duck Hash with Fried Egg, that are made fresh daily and a range of sandwiches. It’s simple food, beautifully presented and well made.
More Info
Mon:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual
The Modern Pantry
Cafe, Restaurant, Fusion, European, $$$$
The Modern Pantry elevates the entire cafe experience to a more fine dining one. This is the Clerkenwell outpost of this fusion cuisine style of cafe. The redbrick Clerkenwell venue is open all day and even has a little roof terrace for cocktails in the evening. They also do a cracking cream tea and a weekend brunch, and you can expect the menu to be different every time.
More Info
Sun:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Stylish, Cosy, Gourmet, Romantic
Workshop Coffee

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Try the house blend

Try the house blend

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon :
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri :
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$
The Espresso Room

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.

Stop by for your hit

Stop by for your hit

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$
Prufrock

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.

Prufrock's coffee

Prufrock's coffee

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Budget
$
Fleet River Bakery

Fleet River Bakery puts the emphasis back on the food. Fresh salads, quiches and soups are made daily using seasonal and local ingredients.  It’s a great spot for a weekday lunch or a more casual coffee experience.

Coffee bar at Fleet River Bakery

© spektrograf/Flickr

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Wed :
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Fri :
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat :
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun :
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Budget
$
J+A Cafe

J+A takes over a wonderful courtyard off Sutton Lane and the emphasis here is on Irish food and wholesome baking, so think gorgeous sponges, soda breads and plenty of tea. The cafe really evokes the feeling of a happy family well fed.

Menu at J+A Cafe

© Elaine Yeung/Flickr

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Budget
$
Bench Cafe

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.

Avo on toast

Avo on toast

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$
The Clerkenwell Kitchen

The Clerkenwell Kitchen has an ethical and organic focus, sourcing its ingredients and stocking brands that fit into its ethos. Open all day, it serves six lunch dishes, from Shepherd’s Pie to Duck Hash with Fried Egg, that are made fresh daily and a range of sandwiches. It’s simple food, beautifully presented and well made.

Try their Shepherds Pie

Try their Shepherds Pie

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Budget
$$
The Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry elevates the entire cafe experience to a more fine dining one. This is the Clerkenwell outpost of this fusion cuisine style of cafe. The redbrick Clerkenwell venue is open all day and even has a little roof terrace for cocktails in the evening. They also do a cracking cream tea and a weekend brunch, and you can expect the menu to be different every time.

Lunch at the Modern Pantry

© Ewan Munro /Flickr

Opening Hours
Mon :
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri :
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat :
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sun :
10:00 am - 10:00 pm