Kiss the Hippo, one of the best coffee shops in London, is relocating its Richmond flagship. Having moved out of its first space on George Street — which also housed its roastery — it will open a cafe at 21 Sheen Road, with the roastery moving into more spacious environs in north London.
Its first cafe, opened in 2018, brought genuinely outstanding coffee to the area in a sleek, striking space, with its filter coffee brewed over ice a particular hit. The strength of that cafe, and a roasting operation then run by Joshua Tarlo, Paul Ross, and Roosa Jalonen — three of the biggest talents in the London scene, the latter two of which have since moved on — saw it open a second cafe on Margaret Street, in Fitzrovia. Its beans are now a fixture on the espresso and filter menus of some of the best coffee shops in London.
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