When it comes to coffee, London has it pretty good. While the average cup that passes a Londoner’s lips might not hit the heights of Melbourne, Seattle, or any of Scandinavia’s capital cities, the number of shops looking beyond the average joe is ever on the increase. They’re anchored by the top roasters in the capital — Workshop and Square Mile the big two — with the likes of Dark Arts (Hackney), Assembly (Brixton), and Alchemy (Wimbledon) also at play. These cafés are the leading lights on the London scene, which often seek inspiration as well as beans from roasters across Europe and across the Atlantic.
Coffee’s baked in takeaway model and relatively easy implementation of one-way measures, masks, and social distancing mean that writing a definitive list for the city is still possible, even if some remain open only for takeaway.
Take a look at London’s best new coffee shops, too.
NB: This particular guide privileges coffee quality and consistency over prestige and historical importance.
London’s restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars reopened for full indoor service 19 July, when the government lifted all legal coronavirus restrictions. Some venues will continue to practice social distancing and masking: Customers can check with individual venues to determine their availability and Covid-secure measures before deciding to visit.Read More