Today Londoners are spoilt for choice; we can sip a perfectly steamed latte at a lido, watch live roasting in a spectacular roastery café or even join a class to perfect our home barista skills.
Just a few years ago, there were barely a handful of places serving quality coffee and an order for a flat white outside Soho would be met with a bemused stare. Innovation, quality and variety have now propelled London to the status of global coffee city, rivaling even Melbourne and New York. The London Coffee Guide co-editor, Guy Simpson tells us about the 2014 edition and shares his pick of top spots across the capital to help you explore the superb coffee culture this great city has to offer.
So what's new? The team has been busy visiting newly opened venues, and a further 38 cafés, carts and kiosks have made it into the Guide bringing the total to 150. They've revisited familiar haunts as well, fully updating the existing profiles. Both the number and quality of London's coffee shops continues to develop apace!
There is now also an expanded the Coffee Knowledge Chapter with two new articles authored by recognised industry experts Jeremy Challander of Prufrock Coffee, and 2012 UK Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood.
2014 NEW OPENINGS
Muff Customs Café
Swaggering into the creative hotbed of Hackney Wick, Muff Customs is a motorcycle workshop and café. If it has two wheels and makes a loud noise, they’re interested.
However, the Muff Customs Café (short for muffler, in case you were wondering) is a surprisingly tranquil setting to enjoy a coffee. Housed in a separate building from the workshop, it’s a laid-back space adorned with custom motorcycle memorabilia. Like its souped-up creations, this café boasts a genuinely unique character you won’t find elsewhere.
4c Roach Road, E3 2PA.
Banish from your head any thoughts of mealy school fare; Tuckshop is a choice cut for coffee and delectable antipodean-inspired food. Opened by Australian chef Magnus Reid, Tuckshop is a simple, yet inspiring space softened by the flowing fonds of numerous potted plants. The café fronts the workspaces of White Rabbit Studios, and a large internal window affords a fascinating glimpse at the creative projects of the neighbouring workshop. Whilst Magnus oversees the food, coffee is expertly poured by Sam, formerly head barista at Nude Espresso.
471-473, The Arches, Dereham Place, EC2A 3HJ
Bakery café Fabrique is a cinnamon-sprinkled slice of Stockholm nestled in a railway arch near Hoxton station. The Swedish coffee break, known as fika, is a national institution almost always involving baked goods, and the sweeter the better. So it’s just as well that Fabrique’s artisan bakers are revered for their decadent buns, bejewelled with sugar crystals and doused with cinnamon or cardamom. The coffee is crafted with beans from Johan & Nyström, a highly respected Nordic artisan roaster.
Arch 285, Geffrye St, E2 8HZ
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