Indulging in Coffee Like a Londoner
Hey There, thanks for stopping by! You know I am a coffee addict, and am always looking for the best coffee whenever we travel. In our visit to London, we really found some amazing coffee that I just had to share with you all so you could get your coffee on like a Londoner!
In the UK, around 70 million cups of coffee are consumed each day by both locals and tourists, as noted by the Independent. London is the country’s largest city with over 7 million people and it has the pubs, cafes, and coffee shops to please everyone’s palate.
The biggest concentration of cafés and coffee shops is in London, due to the population. The coffee culture in London, is so vibrant that coffee shops and restaurants have spread out all across the city like wildfire to cater to coffee drinkers, whether it be locals or tourists.
We’ve shown you before in a previous post on The Coolest Place to Drink Coffee in Germany how you can drink coffee like a true German. However today we are sharing how to enjoy some coffee in an entirely different, but equally stunning place like London.
You can order a cup of coffee in one of the countless commercial cafe chains in London, but to truly enjoy coffee like a Londoner, make your way to the unique coffee spots which offer more than just your normal caffeine fix.
Here is some of the best coffee that London has to offer.
Climpson and Sons
This coffee-house has been described by the Telegraph as ‘one of the true originals’ when it comes to London coffee, even though Climpson and Sons have only been brewing since 2005. In just over 10 years, their own roasts and blends have garnered an almost cult-like following, converting first-time visitors into regulars. For a truly one of a kind experience, this place is not to miss on your coffee exploration.
For a dose of heavenly brewed caffeine, look no further than Saint Espresso. With quaint interiors and floor to ceiling windows, you can watch the city come to life in the morning whilst sipping your coffee – a truly awesome way to start the day.
But First, Coffee
But First, Coffee is an independent café that has a homey and warm ambience. Even GQ Magazine is crazy about this joint, noticing that every guest receives a warm greeting from the couple who manages the shop. Their pastries, which are to die for, also keep the regulars coming back.
Notes Music Coffee
What’s better than enjoying your coffee with relaxing music playing on the café’s radio? It’s having your cup while listening to a live jazz session. The Standard mentioned that Notes Music Coffee even has a room for impromptu jam sessions behind their special brew bar, which serves their signature house roasted coffee. So stop here for some delicious coffee, and get your jam on!
Look Mum No Hands
A spot for cyclists doubling as a café, Look Mum No Hands serves coffee sourced from the award-winning coffee roasting company, Square Mile. It’s the perfect place to have conversations in between bike rides, which is a popular form of short-distance transportation in the metro. Not only is the coffee amazing, it’s a great way to socialize an met other Londoners who also enjoy great coffee.
Tips for navigating London
If you want to embark on a coffee hunting adventure like a Londoner, the best method to navigate your way through the city is via the Underground Tube, as it’s cost-efficient and it has stops at various points throughout London.
Many Londoners take public buses, but bear in mind that you have to follow the set transport schedule and you may have to contend with London’s high volume of traffic especially during rush hour.
If you’re coming from overseas or a region outside of London, you can easily pick up a rental car after your flight has arrived. There are car rental desks in and near the airport terminals such as in Gatwick Airport, wherein you can reach either of its two terminals in under five minutes.
If you have a relative or friend based in the city, the airport also has meet and greet car parks, a great one is Parking4Less. You can be picked up in their lots as soon as you clear arrivals.
To have more flexibility and freedom with your itinerary, an alternative is to rent a car. Getting a car can prove to be an excellent option if you’re planning on visiting cafés that are out of reach of some of the main roads or traditional tourist spots. You may create your own route as well to save time.
Considering that many independent coffee shops are tucked away in hard to find locations, you may discover some other great spots to grab coffee by exploring lesser-known paths. If you do find some amazing local coffee shops that are not mentioned on our list, be sure to let us know by dropping a comment below. We would love to hear about them!