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Eater Talks | The Evolution of the Cafe in London

Join us at Ace Hotel Shoreditch on Wednesday 11 September

Eater Talks: On the evolution of the cafe and the coffee shop in London over the last decade

Wednesday, 11 September — 6:45pm

Eater London and the Ace Hotel will continue their ongoing food and restaurant industry discussion series in September.

In little over a decade, the London speciality coffee scene has grown exponentially; alongside Melbourne, New York, and Copenhagen, London is credibly a world-class coffee city. Its cafe scene, by contrast, has some way to go.

Join Eater London editor Adam Coghlan and panellists Peter Dore-Smith, founder of Kaffeine, Nia Burr, co-founder of Esters, and David Motley, co-founder of Kapé & Pan and Kapihan to look at what inspired the growth, what sustains the trend, the economics of now, and what happens next.

Alongside that, we will discuss the parallel but very different trajectory of the cafe as a restaurant: a city that has flirted with but never really gotten to grips with breakfast or brunch, shackled by the success of eggs and avocado.

And, finally, contemplate why, when there is such a focus on products, ingredients, sustainability, and seasonality in restaurants, so many treat coffee as an afterthought.

This Eater London x Ace Hotel discussion will take place on Wednesday, 11 September from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost £15, and include one drink.

Book here.

Arrival at 6:45 is recommended in order to begin the talk promptly at 7:00pm.

Ace Hotel

100 Shoreditch High Street, , England E1 6JQ 020 7613 9800 Visit Website


66 Great Titchfield Street, , England W1W 7QJ 020 7580 6755 Visit Website


55 Kynaston Road, , England N16 0EB Visit Website

Kapé & Pan

1 Saint Giles High Street, , England WC2H 8AG 07482 023046


13A Parkgate Road, , England SW11 4NL 07847 325891 Visit Website