Living in London, things can get a little hectic especially when it comes to your job and your social life – I mean it’s the city that never sleeps right? I’m not complaining. It has given me the great opportunity and excuse to explore the streets of London and discover my favourite coffee shops, my daily vice to help get me through the day. One of my favourite past times is to go out for good coffee with my friends or just to take a book or my laptop and make an afternoon out of it. Admittedly during the working week, my coffee is rushed and I usually grab a cup from the nearest Starbucks, Soho Grind or Le Pain Quotidien but when I have some time these places I have specified below are THE places to be. Some of these hangouts I am here strictly for the coffee, but others are great brunch venues which I will update you in a few weeks of my Top 5 places to brunch in London.
Soho Grind | Soho
Soho Grind is based on Beak Street and a friend took me there only the other month for the first time. I had been to one of their other shops before (Shoreditch Grind) and really liked the coffee and the style of the place so was very happy to find one right in the centre of town. Its quirky with a sign outside that says ‘Coffee, Sex and Rock n Roll’ and inside ‘French lessons downstairs’ in red neon writing. I come here for the Mochas, these are deliciously chocolately – great to takeaway when you’re on the go too !
PRINCI | Soho
It’s practically a restaurant, serving everything from lasagne to freshly made pastries to an array of cakes that would take weeks to work your way through… but really it’s a cafe, just a very extravagant one. I am going to do a separate blog post on this because I just love this place but in terms of coffee, go for the latte with a side of cake… or three. The venue is always very busy and the service is great – a wonderful dine in experience or takeaway.
Megan’s | Chelsea
This place is beautiful and full of charm. It’s a deli and restaurant throughout the day from morning until late at night, but what is most fantastic about this place is its gorgeously romantic courtyard out the back. With leafy walls dripped with garden items such as lanterns, watering cans and twinkly fairy lights – it’s a fantastic setting to enjoy a warm coffee, the Mediterranean cuisine or the oh so delicious cakes and pastries. Here I usually go for the good old flat white. Delicious.
So back to those amazing cakes. I’m popping by again next week. Tom, the resident pastry chef has a Valentine’s collection inspired by the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie and is introducing the Kiss Cake, Viennese Heart Biscuit and Truffle Brownies, ….. I will update you next week on my Instagram – if The Crystal Heart Collection booklet is anything to go by, these are going to be so Instagram-worthy. I suggest popping by and checking them out!
Hally’s | Parsons Green
Hally’s is our local and often frequented on Sundays. It’s such a cute little cafe and you often see a few of the cast of Made In Chelsea in here. It’s Californian inspired – all about innovative, fresh food and expertly made coffee in a relaxed environment. The menu is small but has the favourites. Top of the list for me is the eggs benedict; these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to hollandaise sauce and I usually order with a side of green juice and a Cappuccino. The lemon and poppy muffins are fantastic too!
The Fields Beneath | Kentish Town West
I used to have a few meetings around Kentish Town West and right next to the station there is a charming teeny tiny coffee spot named after the book by a local historian, Gillian Tindall. These guys really know their coffee and my most favourite is their Cappuccinos. I really like this place because firstly, they play awesome music cue The Cure, The xx and a few of those classics that you grew up with as a child/teenager but never knew the name – thanks Shazam. It’s really that small, I would say around 10 people maximum could sit inside – often people with their laptops or reading books. I come here strictly for the Cappuccino, I’ve never tried their food but next time I’m in town I will definitely check this out and update you guys.
Duke on the Green | Parsons Green
This is my local and recently undergone a stunning new renovation. They serve tasty lattes here, beautifully designed.
There you have it, a few of my favourites. It’s safe to say that I will keep updating this post with more and more coffee shop adventures – I would estimate it would be my ‘top 20 coffee shops’ by the end of 2015!
I wish you all a Happy Sunday.
C’est la vie