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Pouring at Rosslyn’s new cafe on London Wall, near Moorgate.
Michaël Protin

The Best New Coffee Shops in London

Cafes with a different kind of buzz

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Pouring at Rosslyn’s new cafe on London Wall, near Moorgate.
| Michaël Protin

London’s best coffee shops line up 15-strong, pulling espressos, pouring flat whites, and brewing pour overs to compete with cities across the world. London’s best new coffee shops do ... Pretty much the same, while illustrating particularly contemporary trends: quality coffee’s growing visibility in atypical spaces; a move away from lazy attitudes towards certain growing regions; the power of regional success to offer opportunities in the centre of town.

Accordingly, this speciality cafe and coffee heatmap will not be siloed away from London’s essentials: the two guides will interact, because sometimes the new and now is also the very best, and sometimes, it’s not. Happy coffee drinking, folks.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. WatchHouse Bishopsgate

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100 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 1GT, UK

The latest addition to this burgeoning coffee-as-lifestyle-brand packs some serious gear for the espresso heads — a Slayer machine for fine-tuning shots and something called an Ubermilk that steams of its own accord — into a space that, definitely pre-pandemic and increasingly as the world emerges, would otherwise be given over to high-volume homogeneity.

2. Well Grounded Brew Bar @ Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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22 Gordon St
London WC1H 0QB, UK

A social enterprise training people who face barriers to employment in speciality coffee, this space at UCL’s architecture building is Well Grounded’s first permanent cafe operation. With five filter coffee methods on offer, quality beans from Caravan, and batch brew starting at £1.30 a cup, it’s a cafe that focusses on excellence while firmly in tune with the ethos that brought it to life.

3. Batch Baby Coffee

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Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd
London N1 5SF, UK

A new barista-owned coffee shop for Haggerston, Batch Baby is run by Tom Sixsmith and Saskia Blum. With vintage furniture and run out of the 1970s Rose Lipman Building, it’s a refreshing diversion, if not total departure from the Airspace vibe of many London shops; a menu that balances multi-roaster filter coffee with builder’s tea does it all with aplomb.

4. Store Street Espresso

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222 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QD, UK

A veteran of the London speciality coffee world is slowly spreading its reach. Store Street recently opened in Hammersmith, and even more recently in the City, adding to a slew of quality coffee shops in the Square Mile while serving coffee from the roaster of the same name.

5. Rosslyn Coffee Tower 42

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25 Old Broad St
London EC2N 1HQ, UK

One of London’s best cafes adds its third, as Rosslyn opens its biggest space yet at the bottom of Tower 42. All of the properties that make it such a hit — mindfully prepared milk drinks and americanos; impeccably warm service; frozen fancy coffee for nerds and the curious — are present and correct.

1. WatchHouse Bishopsgate

100 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 1GT, UK

The latest addition to this burgeoning coffee-as-lifestyle-brand packs some serious gear for the espresso heads — a Slayer machine for fine-tuning shots and something called an Ubermilk that steams of its own accord — into a space that, definitely pre-pandemic and increasingly as the world emerges, would otherwise be given over to high-volume homogeneity.

100 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 1GT, UK

2. Well Grounded Brew Bar @ Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

22 Gordon St, London WC1H 0QB, UK

A social enterprise training people who face barriers to employment in speciality coffee, this space at UCL’s architecture building is Well Grounded’s first permanent cafe operation. With five filter coffee methods on offer, quality beans from Caravan, and batch brew starting at £1.30 a cup, it’s a cafe that focusses on excellence while firmly in tune with the ethos that brought it to life.

22 Gordon St
London WC1H 0QB, UK

3. Batch Baby Coffee

Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, London N1 5SF, UK

A new barista-owned coffee shop for Haggerston, Batch Baby is run by Tom Sixsmith and Saskia Blum. With vintage furniture and run out of the 1970s Rose Lipman Building, it’s a refreshing diversion, if not total departure from the Airspace vibe of many London shops; a menu that balances multi-roaster filter coffee with builder’s tea does it all with aplomb.

Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd
London N1 5SF, UK

4. Store Street Espresso

222 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QD, UK

A veteran of the London speciality coffee world is slowly spreading its reach. Store Street recently opened in Hammersmith, and even more recently in the City, adding to a slew of quality coffee shops in the Square Mile while serving coffee from the roaster of the same name.

222 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QD, UK

5. Rosslyn Coffee Tower 42

25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ, UK

One of London’s best cafes adds its third, as Rosslyn opens its biggest space yet at the bottom of Tower 42. All of the properties that make it such a hit — mindfully prepared milk drinks and americanos; impeccably warm service; frozen fancy coffee for nerds and the curious — are present and correct.

25 Old Broad St
London EC2N 1HQ, UK

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