If there’s one thing us Londoner’s cannot live without, it’s coffee. As winter starts to creep in, we take a look at five of our favourite coffee shops around the city.
Brown’s of Brockley is a cosy café crammed with cool stuff. With cheery staff members serving delicious Square Mile coffee (including filter coffee), Brown’s is the perfect place to spend your day. The food range is wide with typical coffee shop classics; bagels, croissants and cakes neatly aligned in the window. The kitchen also offers salads with top quality produce, which the manager keeps emphasising, with ingredients like Taleggio (semi-soft, Italian cheese) and pumpkin seed pesto. The menu changes every week to keep the shop exciting and the customers eager.
5 Coulgate Street, SE4
Launched by London food stylist, Tonia George and restaurant consultants, Emma and Nicholas Scott, the philosophy may have Antipodean roots but their style is strictly British. Local ingredients come direct from the farm and their sublime coffee beans are also from boutique roastery Square Mile Coffee Roasters. Run by a couple of exceedingly clever coffee lovers, including a world champion barista, they source seasonal beans from all over the world and hand roast them in East London.
Serving the likes of fish finger sandwiches, chicken and apricot sausage sandwich and Almond fruit crumble muffins, this is the perfect laid-back brunch. Visit on a sunny Autumn day and finish your day with a walk around Hampstead Heath.
Shoreditch’s Lantana is roomier than it’s Fitzrovia flagship and offers an evening menu as well as the lunch and breakfast dishes Lantana is known for.
Weekend brunch is popular, for the easy-going atmosphere as much as the near-perfect comfort food. Such dishes include delicious french toast (toasted coconut version with ricotta, lime syrup and pistachio), inventive egg combos, and specials such as grilled asparagus with black pudding, roast tomato, poached egg and hollandaise on sourdough.
The current Lantana blend is a combination of the Brazil Samambaia: which puts down a base of milk chocolate and hazelnut, giving their coffees a soft & round body.
The perfect start to any weekend.
If your weekends are spent shopping, Rose Bakery is the perfect café for you. They are located on the third floor of New Dover Street Market, nestled in between their concessions.
In many ways, the Rose Bakery serves a very modest menu. Printed at the start of every day, dishes reflect fresh ingredients available. Descriptions are the opposite of flouncy, with the likes of ‘bowl of hot vegetables with basil and anchovy sauce’ or ‘quiche with green salad’.
Find them at 18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG