Whatever the time of year, Londoners love their coffee. Wherever you go, you can find a host of places offering really good coffee whether it be specialist beans, expressos or cappuchinos.
Not too far from lovely Best Western Palm Hotel is Kaffeine. It has become one of the most popular coffee venues. It has two shops, one in Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia and the other in Eastcastle Street, close to Oxford Circus making it an ideal stopping off point when you have been shopping in the West End. Kaffeine is often regarded as one of the leading coffee shops, running courses for people who want to know more about coffee. Sufficient to say, it aims to provide the perfect cup, every time. Expect a double shot of expresso in every cup as standard.
Coffee and a little jazz is on offer at Back on Track Coffee located at The Barretts of Wimpole Street W1. A very traditional coffee shop, it is a good place to sit and relax, with a really rich, dark coffee while a resident at hotels near Wembley Stadium.
Heading further south into London’s theatreland, you should aim for the Monmouth Coffee Company in Covent Garden. There is not much seating inside but there are benches outside where you can sip your coffee and watch the world go by. Expect to wait a few minutes before being served – there are always queues leading out of the door! This is where you can enjoy real coffee made from organic coffee beans, and if you want a snack try their wonderful pastries too!
If you are staying in one of the hotels in Cricklewood London and moving westwards to High Holborn, Holborn Grind is definitely well worth a visit. A friendly venue, it always has a good choice of coffee (and more) on offer. As evening falls, you can opt for a coffee cocktail made from freshly ground coffee. These are extremely popular and very enjoyable. Typical offerings include the Grind Expresso Martini and the Hard Flat White Russian which is a combination of Grind House Expresso coffee, vodka, kahlua and milk.
Although the setting has been described as very clinical, The New Black at The Monument in the City of London, is definitely perfect for coffee connoisseurs. On the wall is a massive bean flavour chart listing all the varieties on offer. The choice is huge and includes many unusual varieties such as Truth Coffee Roasting from Cape Town or Small Batch Roasters from Melbourne in Australia! Tasting notes offer an indication of what you can expect from each set of beans, for example Workshop Coffee Apolo 11 from Nicaragua is chocolatey with citus notes, while the Counter Culture Coffee from North Carolina and Fast Forward from Guatemala have stone fruit and hazelnut notes.