After temperatures whizzed up to record temperatures last week and office fans went into overdrive, iced coffee very quickly became our best friend (f*ck off Sandra, I don’t care about your break up now I’ve got iced cappuccino). And so, seeking respite from the sun, not to mention a caffeine hit the size of the Walkie Talkie, the decision was made to seek out some of the best serves of the city, from independent bean grinders to chains. Better latte than never, here’s where we’re buzzing about…
It’d be pretty rude not to go to Rude as temperatures soar…
The delightful coffee roaster on Bell Lane, Spitalfields, sources their beans from fair trade suppliers and adopts a seasonal focus, changing their bean choice up on the regs! The result? Some of the best iced coffee going.
This vegan fast food joint sure does know a thing or two about iced coffee. Yet, we can’t say we’re too surprised seeing as this epic eatery originated in NYC, a place renowned for their sumptuous Joes.
What do we recommend? The adaptogenic mushroom iced coffee, of course. The inventive option incorporates one cordyceps mushroom capsule, coffee, vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup and ice, of course. If you don’t think you’ve got mushroom for one of these in your life, then know that mushrooms have been a tool in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, and the mushrooms by CHLOE use aid with immune system support, stress, fatigue… and they even boost sex drive. Bonus!
If their coffee is on par with their spelling then we’re not sure we’ll get very far. However, we’re told that despite Kaffeine being short of ‘c’, the coffee inside is simply fantastic. The stalwart shop has been kicking about since 2009, plus it’s Kiwi and Aussie run, both of which are renowned for their espresso prowess! If we’ve not turned your heads just yet then hopefully their Square Mile coffees will, best served up with a huge dollop of ice.
Ozone Coffee pride themselves not just on coffee but on interaction too! Which means iced coffee is served up icy and with a brimming smile. The Ozone family promote a community feel at their pretty Leonard Street location and offer up iced serves in the form of a cold drip spritz, espresso tonic, cold brew or Ethiopia arsosala. Want to add milk? We recommend the epic Earl grey and date oat option.
Monocle Cafe is an adorable spot sitting on Chiltern Street that you may well recognise from your Insta feeds. Having popped its doors open in 2013, its been pushing out ridiculously good, classic iced coffees ever since. If you don’t fancy the caffeine fix then their iced tea is equally as moreish.
If you’ve not been to OPSO then you really should engineer a reason to! The Greek tapas restaurant is ideal for an evening meal, dark, buzzing and fun. Take one of their underground private booths and keep on ordering. But whether you’re just on a flying visit, or languishing after a long meal, then you’re going to want to get an ice coffee in. Their traditional Greek ice coffee include the cappuccino or latte ”freddo’, served ‘on the rocks’ with cold milk froth.
London’s first Antipodean-meets-South American coffee house, Abuelo, was always going to create some incredible ice coffee, it’s in their veins (not literally, that would be medically problematic). As well as a seriously caffeinated line in regular coffees, they don’t scrimp on the coffee cocktails (try the Dulce de Leche, made with Argentinian caramel, rum and espresso) or keep it ice-coffee focussed with an iced latte.
Taking the principle that most people go to a coffeeshop to work, Timberyard has embraced this and created a co-working café space. Pay your rent in coffee beans and get your work done into the bargain. What’s more, all their coffee menu can be iced by adding, um, ice…
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