5 Top Coffee Shops in London

Saturday 4 July 2015 by

Coffee, London, Coffee shop, Eating out, #HoBSummerEats

What makes a good coffee shop? For me, it’s a combination of the coffee, cakes, brunch and atmosphere on offer. London is filled with gems amongst the chains. Here are a few of my favourites.

Lazy Social, Coffee shop, London, Cake

Lazy Social

Lazy Social, Stoke Newington

Pulling off the local coffee shop vibe better than most spots in London, this kids friendly hangout is exactly that – a relaxed place to hang out with a book, laptop (note that they have laptop-free tables at certain times!) or friend. The couches are incredibly comfortable and it’s easy to spend an hour or two here without realizing that time has passed. I recommend trying their divine Moroccan honey cake.

Caravan, King’s Cross (original branch at Exmouth Market)

Caravan serves a superb cake and the reputation of their coffee speaks for itself. Top marks too for an extensive and diverse brunch menu; here you can choose from an ever-changing selection of delights including pumpkin waffles, a kimchi pancake with pork belly and duck egg, and smoked salmon with beetroot, mustard and gherkin. The location really sets this apart – based in an old grain store with cavernous ceilings, the setting has an industrial yet comfortable feel to it, and you can watch the chefs at work. It gets incredibly busy at weekends so be prepared to queue.

Foxcroft and Ginger, Cake, Sandwich, Coffee shop, London

Foxcroft and Ginger

Foxcroft and Ginger, Soho (second branch in Whitechapel and pop-up in Dalston)

Let’s get straight to it – what I love most about Foxcroft & Ginger is their French toast with ham, mature cheddar and honey mustard, drizzled with honey. It’s a beautiful mess of sweet, savoury, sticky deliciousness. They make their own bread and pastries, and the proof is in the taste. The croissants are especially delicious. As well as cakes, pastries and brunch options, they offer a good lunch menu and sourdough pizzas after 4.30pm. They use beans from The Roasting Party, Has Bean and Caravan to make their own coffee via a couple of different brewing methods. The house blend is well worth trying.

Blighty Coffee, Coffe, Cake, #HoBSummerEats, London

Blighty Coffee

Blighty Coffee, Finsbury Park

Blighty has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere – there’s an emphasis here on building a community around the shop. They invite punters to enjoy the lounge and garden and also host regular events and a networking club for local businesses. They serve their own coffee blends and concoctions, including my personal favourite, the Winston Latte – a latte with a shot of Baileys. The food menu is all about the eggs: hungry brunchers can take their pick from a range of different eggs Benedict dishes (with salmon, watercress, asparagus, ham hock or blue cheese), all served with free bubble and squeak on the side.

Workshop, Clerkenwell (other branches at Holborn, Marylebone and Fitzrovia)

This award-winning coffee-shop serves top-notch brunches; you can build your own (the thyme roasted mushrooms and maple-cured bacon are not to be missed) or choose from a range of options including spiced pear and pistachio bread, corn fritters with halloumi and poached eggs, and buttermilk fried chicken. They have a fantastic ethos when it comes to sourcing and roasting coffee – there really is no comparison. They offer a wealth of information for home-brewers and even host their own brewing masterclasses.

Blighty Coffee, Coffee, London, #HoBSummerEats


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  1. Thanks so much for this- I’m definitely jotting some of these down!


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