It's Monday again and naturally the most obvious thing to share on a Monday is a post about caffeine, because OF COURSE! It's finally London's turn. London has such a big coffee culture. Research shows that for the last few years people have been choosing coffee over tea, which is kind of an anarchy for the UK, if you ask me. So many coffee places, so many cute interiors, menus, drinks and pastries. London offers it all! My personal goal is to visit every single cafe and share it with you here. This, more of an unrealistic dream, started around 2 years ago when I spent a week in the city, during a design exhibition, which i took part in. I stayed at a friend's flat, not too far from my favourite East London, but it was an empty flat, no furniture, no kitchen appliances, nothing. On the bright side, though, this was a perfect excuse to get my much needed caffeine fix from a different place every morning.
These are my London Coffee Mornings five picks.
The Old Shoreditch Station
1 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA
The first coffee place I stumbled upon. Finding it was a complete accident. I remember, I was aiming for another café, but seeing the greenery of the interior in my blurred state of mind (I often can't function before my first coffee of the day) I was instantly attracted to this place and decided to give it a try. The staff was very sweet and friendly and the coffee was just excellent. A great start of my week, indeed!
The Canary Hair Salon and Cafe
61-63 Old Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6QA
Yes, you read that correctly hair salon and cafe. An odd combination, but working pretty well I'd say. I was on my way to Town Hall Hotel and The Canary happened to be yet another accidental stop. Bright yellow bike outside... i'm in! The place is vegan as well with plenty of interesting bites to choose from. I had a red bean burger, which was absolutely delicious. Who said vegan is not tasty?!
CAFFÈ VERGNANO 1882
337-338 High Holborn, London WC1V 7PX
The sign outside Cafe Vergnano 1882 read "The best espresso in London", so...obviously I had to try it for myself. And yes, it was one of the best espressos I've ever tried. It is a teeny-tiny, but very cozy place right on the very busy high street. Definitely recommend!
Exmouth Coffee Company
83 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
Exmouth Coffee Company or the cafe with no name. A friend recommended it by saying:"I know my coffee and I know where to get my coffee". I think what he meant was, they do a really amazing coffee. You can also purchase freshly roasted coffee for your personal use, which is another plus in my opinion. Another impressive thing about this place is the interior, the walls are covered in sketches, drawings, poems, left by previous customers, creating a unique piece of art. (I also left my trace there hihi).
213 Old Street, London EC1V 9NR
Lastly, Shoreditch Grind. If you've read my previous posts, you should know by now that I am obsessed with Grind coffee shops. I absolutely love their interiors, their atmosphere, their playlist and obviously their coffee. Shoreditch Grind offers a beautiful view, as well as encourages people watching, which in the area of Old Street can be quite interesting.
I do hope you are enjoying a nice cup of coffee while reading this, I certainly am. If not... what are you waiting for, go get one! There's plenty of London cafes coming up on the blog, so stay with me for this one. Thank you for reading and until next time! xx