Founded in 2009, Kaffeine brings to Fitzrovia a charming Aussie and Kiwi touch – who better to cool us down on summer days than our surfer friends from the Gold Coast? Kaffeine takes coffee seriously, and their iced coffee is a no-nonsense combination of espresso and milk or water, served in iced cups for maximum refreshment. For the perfect snack, pick up some Anzac cookies to munch between sips.
Kaffeine, 15 East Castle Street, London, W1T 3AY, UK, 02075806755
If you’re looking for really good, real coffee, without the syrups and mixers, look no further. Timberyard does coffee for coffee lovers and their iced coffee is deliciously sweet without any add-ons. We love lounging here in the big chairs downstairs, surrounded by writers and bloggers on their laptops as we sip from the adorable red and white striped straws. Let’s be honest, nothing says summer like red and white striped straws.
The Thai take on iced coffee is one of our favourites and if Bangkok seems a little far, Addie’s Thai in Earl’s Court does the job. Thai iced coffee includes a blend of dark roasted coffee, as well as soybeans and sesame. The final result is poured over ice cubes and topped off with sweet condensed milk, creating a creamy, fresh coffee flavour. We love this combination for long days in the afternoon sun – days where we imagine Kensington could almost pass for Phuket.
Addie’s Thai, 121 Earl’s Court Road SW5 9RL, UK, 02072440132
With plenty of bakeries across London, Gail’s is most noted for its bread and pastries. However, we love their iced espressos and lattes, and the added option of an iced chocolate. The carefully selected ingredients can be tasted in each sip, and make for the perfectly chilled thirst-quencher on a sunny day.
With several locations across London and several awards, including ‘Best Independent Cafe in Europe’, Workshop Coffee does not fail to impress. Sourcing and roasting their own coffee beans, the cafe’s iced latte here is an absolute winner. You can almost taste the love and care which has gone into preparing it. As an added bonus, a glass of fizzy water is provided with every coffee, keeping us nicely hydrated as we soak up the sun.
Carpo provides high-quality coffee in the heart of the city. Whether you are en route to a meeting in Mayfair, a run in Green Park, or sightseeing in Piccadilly, Carpo offers the greatest variety of iced coffees. Any coffee or chocolate here can be iced, from the cappuccino to the latte and mocha. Carpo caters to many tastes, whether you enjoy a creamy or a milky finish. The coffee is rich in taste, and the coffee shop itself sells many snacks to enjoy alongside, from chocolates to dried fruits and nuts.
Carpo, 16 Piccadilly London, W1J 0DE, UK, 02072877233
Freestate Coffee works with great precision and skill to provide excellent coffees and is one of the few locations in London where you can get a Vietnamese-style iced espresso. This beverage is sure to keep you fuelled and cooled for the rest of the day. For those looking for a lighter version, there is also an iced latte. There are ‘guest coffees’ from around the world, and that there are several options here for non-dairy drinkers, from almond milk to soymilk alternatives.
The Monocle Café is known for serving an array of both Scandinavian and Asian-inspired dishes, from a shrimp katsu sandwich to traditional Scandinavian breakfast platters. Their iced coffee is deliciously rich and creamy, and goes perfectly alongside the green tea strawberry cake. The Monocle Café makes you feel like you’re jet-setting across the globe in just a sitting. Plus, their iced coffee provides a caffeine kick that might just drive you to do so.