Coffee lovers are spoiled for choice in London! The city is awash with fantastic coffee shops perfect for those heartwarming autumn chats or quick latte runs on your way to work. Every corner of the city gives off that familiar and irresistibly inviting aroma. But let's get real, with such a sea of awesome coffee shops to stop by, it's so easy to get overwhelmed. Not sure where to head next for a caffeine hit? Here are 6 cozy coffee joints you've got to check out.
Lane Eight Coffee
Lane Eight is a cozy coffee shop with two branches in London: one in East Dulwich and the other in Clapham Common. Launched in 2019, it quickly became a popular destination to enjoy a cup of espresso, flat white or latte. The name of the coffee shop is inspired by their motto, "take the outside lane," a reference to a running track. It's about doing your own thing and running your own race. Minimal, calm, and a great place to just be in the moment – that’s Lane Eight's vibe.
Old Spike’s journey began in 2014 with a launch of a cafe and roastery space in Peckham Rye. They've added a few more spots later on to their list, now boasting coffee bars near Piccadilly Circus, on Southwark Bridge Road and Fenchurch St. But Old Spike goes beyond simply offering exceptional coffee. With a heart for the community, they are on a mission to help reduce homelessness in the UK, offering skill training and job opportunities to those affected by it. Moreover, for every coffee bag they sell, Old Spike makes a commitment to plant a tree. So, every sip you take not only tastes good but does good too.
%Arabica is a story of love for coffee, design and the world. The Kyoto-born specialty chain made its London debut in 2019, unveiling branches in Covent Garden and at 33 Broadway Market. Since then, two more spaces have opened their doors on South Molton Street and at Spitalfields Market. Every %Arabica's coffee shops exudes a sleek and stylish feel that perfectly encapsulates Japanese minimalist charm. Apart from aesthetics, the coffee here is just as amazing. %Arabica roasts their own beans and relies on custom-made Slayer espresso machines for that perfect cup.
Omotesando Koffee started in 2011 as a little café in Tokyo's Omotesando Hills. Today, it has shops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and London - their first stop in Europe. Minimalist and fashionable, Omotesando found its place in Fitzrovia, becoming a welcoming hub for quality coffee enthusiasts. They've got an open coffee station, so you can watch everything - from bean grinding to brewing - right before your eyes.
Just a stone's throw from West Hampstead station, you'll find Intermission, a cute coffee joint with a focus on sustainability. They serve locally roasted coffee and collaborate with suppliers who share their ethos and values. At Intermission, they put people and the planet first. The team takes great care to ensure everyone involved in their coffee supply chain receives fair treatment and that their coffee causes no unnecessary harm to the environment. Come over for a classic flat white or expertly crafted cold brew.
Established in 2004, Origin is a beloved and time-honored specialty coffee roaster in the UK. Their flagship coffee shop is nestled in the lively and artsy heart of East London, Shoreditch. They also have cozy corners in The British Library and Southwark. Stop by to enjoy not only exceptional coffee - their delicious pastries and cakes are the perfect mates for your drink. At Origin, they pour their heart and soul into every cup, ensuring a truly outstanding experience every time.