Coffee has transcended seasons of cool and kept its top spot as the holy grail of Monday morning-itus sufferers all over the country. We’re stepping away from the chain giants today, for it’s time to shake up the system with a plethora of coffee destinations in London…
1. Cortada; 136 New North Road, Islington, London
Cortada is a hidden gem of London. Tucked away in Islington, the cafe has a coffee-and-cava bar alter-ego, meaning it is open until late for the coffee lovers out there. Word has it that their flat whites are the smoothest and creamiest in town, and they do not disappoint with a satisfyingly large mug to tide you over in a relaxed and undeniably cool surrounding. One for a date night, for sure.
2. yumchaa; 45 Berwick Street, Soho, London
One of the hottest spots in infamous Soho, yumchaa boasts an enviable collection of teas and coffee. Granted, it is more of a teahouse but it is filled with a great tea and coffee selection, along with delectable sweet treats and food too. Tucked behind Oxford Street, it is the perfect pitstop from a day in the city.
3. Dandelion; 96 Parkway, Camden, London
Dandelion is a hallmark of London coffee. Make it a destination and not a stop along the way, to quote Blair Waldorf anyway, if you’re in Camden and make sure you try the Monmouth coffee for an equally light and wholesome coffee. Latte art can be hit and miss, but hey – the exquisite frothy coffee texture will make up for that.
4. Tapped and Packed; 193 Wardour Street, Soho, London
Another Soho gem, Tapped and Packed is often bustling with city types on their lunch break or heading to and from work. Head to T&P in the mid-afternoon to enjoy custom blended coffees – they have their very own roasting machine in the third branch of the blossoming chain. Friendly atmosphere and service, even when packed.
5. Wild and Wood; 19 New Oxford Street, London
Last but by no means the least on our London edit, Wild and Wood have a selection of excellently blended smooth and silky coffees. Complete with some of the most stunning latte art that the city has to offer, this little coffee house is tucked away in the heart of London, just a short walk from Tottenham Court Road.
Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.