Today my themed itinerary series continues with a London coffee itinerary. Coffee in the UK capital has gotten better and more popular every year over the last decade, and there are some great places to enjoy it. If you love a good espresso or a warming flat white, this blog post is for you.
London Coffee Itinerary
This London itinerary will take you to some of the city’s top coffee shops and roasteries. From places that focus on finding the perfect beans to ones that specialize in making their coffees works of art, it will introduce you to a range of London’s offerings.
The itinerary covers 2 days, but you can mix and match to tailor it to the length of time you’ll spend in London. As always, remember to check opening hours before you go.
London Coffee Itinerary: Day 1 – Morning
Begin the first day of your London coffee itinerary on Carnaby Street in Soho. Not only is this one of the most vibrant pedestrianized shopping streets in London, but it’s also home to an outpost of Farm Girl, the London cafe that’s known for its floral coffees.
Up from the ground floor of Sweaty Betty, Farm Girl serves its lavender and rose lattes alongside breakfast fare, so it’s a good place to fuel up for the day while you indulge in one of London’s prettiest cups of coffee.
From Farm Girl, you can spend the rest of your morning walking around Carnaby Street, shopping on Regent Street, or exploring Soho while you work off your caffeine buzz.
London Coffee Itinerary: Day 1 – Afternoon
When you’re in need of your next hit, make your way to Flat White in Soho. It’s right near Farm Girl and has some of the best coffee in London.
Trust me. I once went on a date with a guy for whom no coffee was good enough except the coffee at Flat White. This guy special ordered his beans since none in shops were up to his standard and had an espresso machine custom made since there wasn’t a good enough one on the market.
Since then, I’ve been back to Flat White a number of times and always love their coffee. The espresso is roasted to perfection, and the coffee shop is in a great location by the market on Berwick Street.
Once you’re finished, you can keep exploring Soho until the evening. This area has a lot of great shops, including Algerian Coffee Stores, which sells specialty coffee from all over the world.
London Coffee Itinerary: Day 1 – Evening
Soho is packed with restaurants, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dinner. And if you’re in need of a post-dinner caffeine hit to get you ready for Soho’s legendary nightlife scene, head to Soho Grind for an espresso cocktail.
This place is a coffee shop with a basement bar, so you can trust their coffee-based cocktails—of which there are many—will be good. Why not try an Espresso Old Fashioned or a Hot Flat White Russian?
London Coffee Itinerary: Day 2 – Morning
Start the second day of your London coffee itinerary at Borough Market. This is London’s most famous food market, so it’s fitting that it would have some of the city’s best coffee.
Monmouth Coffee Company opened in the market in the 1990s and has been a pioneer in the coffee culture that’s taken London by storm over the last decade.
It’s still one of the city’s most beloved coffee shops, and it’s a great place to watch the world go by as the market comes to life in the morning.
London Coffee Itinerary: Day 2 – Afternoon
After spending the first part of your day exploring Borough Market, make your way to Shoreditch. This part of east London is packed with artisan roasteries and hipster coffee shops, and it’s a great place to get a feel for London’s independent coffee scene.
One of my favorite places to get a coffee in Shoreditch is Ozone. I love the contemporary atmosphere, the latte art, and the fact that their coffee is seriously strong. A caffeine hit here is just the thing to take you out of food coma after eating your way through Borough Market.
After enjoying a coffee at Ozone, spend the rest of your afternoon exploring Shoreditch. There are a lot of great shops on Redchurch Street and Rivington Street, and Hoxton Square and Arnold Circus are great places to explore.
London Coffee Itinerary: Day 2 – Evening
Shoreditch comes alive in the evenings, so it’s the ideal place to get dinner and go out for the night.
When you’re in need of an espresso martini to power you through, head to TT Liquor on Kingsland Road. Set in a historic converted police station, it has an intimate cellar cocktail bar where you can get your final caffeine fix of the day.
Given the espresso martini was invented in the UK capital in the 1980s, it’s the perfect thing to toast to a good two days in London.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this London coffee itinerary. There are a lot more coffee-related places to discover in the city, so if you want to dig deeper, take a look at my blog posts about 16 lovely coffee shops in London and the London Coffee Festival.
More themed London itineraries are in the pipeline, so stay tuned for the next one in a week’s time. You can find all my itineraries here if you want more.
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