6 Hottest New Coffee Shops in LondonBy Malika Dalamal | February 23, 2015 By Malika Dalamal | February 23, 2015
Call us java snobs, but we think life is too short to drink a bad cup of coffee. Don't waste your precious daily brew on a mega-chain that can't even spell your name correctly on the cup — instead, satisfy your craving at one of these hot new London coffee shops.
The group behind this independent chain have just launched an all-day and late-night espresso bar, cocktail bar and kitchen next to Borough Market serving everything from morning coffees to cocktails and a proper menu for lunch and dinner.
Must-Order: Start the day with a Grind House Espresso blend and finish with an Espresso Martini.
On the Menu: There's poached eggs with quinoa and Datterini tomatoes for brunch, or pan-fried red mullet and lamb strew for dinner.
2 London Bridge, SE1 9RA; 020 7378 1928
Sharps Coffee Bar
Coffee consultants Rob Dunne and Vic Frankowski (Protein and Tapped & Packed) are behind the ultracool West End coffee shop-slash-vintage barber shop (pictured below).
Must-Order: A subtle and sweet Rwandan espresso.
On the Menu: Expect rotating pop-ups serving anything from carrot cake to a pork and fennel meatball toastie.
9 Windmill St., W1T 2JF; 07411 601846
Worshop Coffee Co (Marylebone)
The new West End site of this independent coffee chain (branches in Holborn, Clerkenwell and Fitzrovia) has just opened in St. Christopher's Place taking inspiration from the cafe culture of Australia. They roast their own coffee in the Clerkenwell flagship, where you can also buy of bag of beans to take home.
Must-Order: Cult of Done — a Brazilian espresso blend that is constantly being developed and is now in its 21st version.
On the Menu: A breakfast ham and egg ciabatta or buttermilk and pecan muffin at teatime.
1 Barrett St., W1U 1DN
The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (Spitalfields)
The ninth shop from this growing indie coffee shop chain has just opened in Spitalfields with the same top-quality roasts, loose teas and knowledgeable staff as other branches.
Must-Order: Try a mellow cold-drip coffee.
On the Menu: Homemade cakes and sandwiches including a gluten-free chocolate torte.
6 Lamb St., E1 6EA
A minimalist Scandinavian-chic coffee bar on Portobello Road with a rotating selection of single-origin filter coffees, perfectionist baristas and a wonderful little garden to have brunch in the summer.
Must-Order: Square Mile's San Agustin coffee topped with some impressive milky artwork.
On the Menu: Breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, cakes and St. John's Doughnuts — get them before they run out!
275 Portobello Rd., W11 1LR
Snaps & Rye
A Danish kitchen and deli in North Kensington that serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a wonderful selection of cakes throughout the day.
Must-Order: Liquorice latte sweetened with liquorice syrup instead of sugar.
On the Menu: A daily changing assortment of sweet things including apple cake and liquorice meringue, as well as traditional Danish open sandwiches.
93 Golborne Rd., W10 5NL; 020 8964 3004