London is surely the centre of speciality coffee in the UK. With so much to choose from, we’ve done our best to condense the best of London’s coffee scene into one easily-digestible guide. As always with Cosy Coffee Shops, it’s not just about top notch coffee, but also friendliness and atmosphere. Happy hunting, and don’t forget – there’s a map at the foot of the page!
Consistently excellent, little Kaffeine packs a big coffee punch. They re-dial their Synesso throughout the day to maximise the chance of pulling the perfect shot. It’s also a friendly, convivial environment. Our favourite in London. Read our full review.
66 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7QJ. Open Mon to Fri 7.30am – 6pm, Sat 8.30am – 6pm, Sun 9am – 5pm.
Nearest Tube stops: Oxford Circus, Goodge St.
The brainchild of 2009 World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies, Prufrock is one of the most respected coffee haunts in London. The coffee in this buzzing environment is consistently excellent. Read our full review.
23-25 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TE. Open Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm.
Nearest Tube stops: Chancery Lane, Farringdon.
Foxcroft & Ginger
Also a working bakery, Foxcroft & Ginger is a spacious, unpretentious place. Sit back and enjoy an excellent coffee and the waft of fresh bread. Read our full review.
3 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR. Open Mon 8am – 7pm, Tues to Fri 8am – 10pm, Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 7pm. Nearest Tube stops: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus.
Monmouth Coffee Company
One of the veterans of the London coffee scene, Monmouth Coffee’s base in Covent Garden is a pint-sized picture of perfection. Also at The Borough and Bermondsey. Read our full review.
27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9EU. Open Mon to Sat 8am to 6.30pm. Nearest Tube stops: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square.
Perhaps the quirkiest coffee shop in the world, The Attendant may have its flaws, but it’s a must-visit. By far the best coffee shop in a toilet. Read our full review.
26-27 Foley St, Fitzrovia, W1W 6DY. Open Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5pm.
Nearest Tube stops: Goodge St, Oxford Circus.
Tina, We Salute You
A little off the beaten track in Dalston, Tina, We Salute You offers up top notch coffee and regularly-changing artwork. Read our full review.
47 King Henry’s Walk, Dalston, N1 4NH. Open Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 6pm.
Nearest Tube stop: Dalston Kingsland.
A micro-roastery and ever-busy café. Perhaps too busy at times, but that’s a testament to its well-deserved popularity. Read our full review. 26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR. Open Mon to Fri 7am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am – 6pm. Nearest Tube stop: Shoreditch High St.
We love Lantana’s combo of fabulous coffee and relaxed atmosphere. Read our full review. 13 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, W1T 1SN. Open Mon to Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 9am 5pm. Nearest Tube stop: Goodge St.
Ozone is one of a new breed of micro-roasteries making waves in and beyond the capital. This sizeable café is popular for food but also an interesting, brooding place for a top notch brew. Read our full review.
11 Leonard Street, EC2A 4AQ. Open Mon to Fri 7.30am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 9am – 4pm. Nearest Tube stop: Old St.
The best of the rest
Store St Espresso
Excellent coffee and pleasant surroundings. Read our full review.
40 Store St, WC1E 7DB.
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Very popular spot just over the road from Prufrock. Read our full review.
14-16 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7SU.
Look Mum No Hands!
A bustling spot for cyclists, coffee-heads and beer lovers alike. What a combo.
Full review coming soon / not yet on the map (below).
49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX.
An old hand on the London coffee scene, whose longevity is testament to its no-frills combo of friendly service and excellent coffee. We’ve visited the current location but our review is from the previous building, next door. Read our full review.
70 Long Ln, EC1A 9EJ.
The Espresso Room
A little box of espresso perfection. Read our full review.
31 Great Ormond Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3HZ.
Formerly Tapped & Packed, TAP has grown to three branches. The original, on Rathbone Place, is a pleasant spot with good coffee. Read our full review.
26 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JD. Also at Tottenham Court Rd and Wardour St.
Taylor St Baristas
Now a small chain with 9 locations, the highlights of Taylor St include the original branch on New St, and the fantastically busy café at Canary Wharf. Read our full review.
1A New St, EC2M 4TP and elsewhere.
Taste of Bitter Love
Named after a Gladdys Knight And The Pips song, TOBL is a little place with excellent coffee. Read our full review.
276 Hackney Road, E2 7SJ.
Fernandez & Wells
Delicious coffee and a friendly atmosphere at this chilled, well-established London spot. Read our full review.
73 Beak St, W1F 9SR.
One of the original ‘third wave’ coffee shops in the UK. Read our full review.
17 Berwick St, W1F 0PT.
Sister to Flat White, another Soho haunt for very good coffee and even better scrambled eggs. Read our full review.
3 Bateman Street, W1D 4AG.
Opened in April 2014, Knockbox is a charming place run by a charismatic barista. Read our full review.
29 Lambs Conduit St, WC1N 3NG.
London coffee shop map
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Other ways to find London coffee shops
At Cosy Coffee Shops, we do our best to help you find some of the best coffee shops all around the UK. Some other websites are pure London – they can be a great way to find more obscure places in the capital. We like the following: Time Out’s guide to London’s best cafés and coffee shops, The London Coffee Map, London’s Best Coffee app
Updated 10 August 2015.