Not much beats a hot cup of Joe and a slice o’sugar on a rainy day… Thankfully, London’s coffee scene is packed full of artisanal roasters and beans from afar that’ll kick you into next week, plus couple it with moreish, melt-in-the-mouth cake and you’re onto a real winner!
And, while we’re yet to find the best spot for the combo, we have frothed up a wholesome list of places where the slice and serve of the day is a good’un. From hipster brews and Italian espressos to lemon drizzle and a good bit of homemade Vicky sponge. Here are the brew-tiful spots in the city to enjoy a slab of cake and a pot of coffee…
Better latte than never after all, eh?
First of all, what a name! We’re certain the Kardashians would be totally on board. Kaffeine is a rustic, stripped back venue that triumphs great coffee of a strong and silky smooth nature. The venue gleans inspo from the coffee culture of Australia and New Zealand and remains a stalwart member of Fitzrovia, and indeed London’s buzzing coffee scene since its 2009 opening. The banana bread is a total must!
It’s the cafe that needs no introduction that regularly sees Influencers lining its dusky pink doorway – Peggy Porschen not only offers up aesthetic but also dreamlike cakes and coffee of all shapes and sizes. Inspired by Peggy’s lifelong love of pink and pastel hues alongside romance and beauty you’ll find cakes, cookies and confectionary including outrageously gorgeous serves of unicorn and rainbow cake, vanilla cloud drip cake and much, much more. Keeping it classic, and classy, Peggy serves up traditional coffee with added sweetness of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and hazelnut syrups. The magic can be found at two sweet locations in Belgravia and Chelsea.
GAIL’s is that neighbourhood bakery everyone yearns for, making hungry house buyers purchase homes as close as possible to the flavour wafts of fresh baked buns and steaming coffee. The glamorous chain triumphs unpretentious food with minimum fuss as a top notch artisan bakery selling award-winning cakes, coffee and tea. Our recommendation? The freshly baked hot cross buns or a vegan chocolate muffin and why not pick-up some hot baked bread to go with supper too!
EL&N is a far cry from being a cafe and is more of an immersive experience that involves coffee and cake thrown in. Another one for the “gram”, expect bursts of pastel flowers, a wall made out of love hearts and an extensive drinks menu of over 85 drinks. We recommend just pitching up for cake and coffee purely to experience the magic that is EL&N.
Antipodean-run Flat White has been around for a while – established in September 2005 – its influence seeping into London’s coffee culture long before other’s of the same raised their espresso heads. Providing excellent opportunities for a people watch in the beating heart of Soho and coffee as strong as a bodybuilder, the Flat White dream team have nailed it with their delicious , creamy offerings. Now, enough of that, I’m gonna smash back a couple of flatties bro…
For those on a health kick, you’ll still be able to enjoy this slice because Cutter and Squidge keep their fat and sugar content to a minimum, yet are still able to create something devilishly tasty. Being London’s only 100% all natural bakery, they make sure to use real British ingredients and source from British producers too. If you fancy yourself to be a dab-hand at baking and decorating, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they offer awesome decorating masterclasses to learn the true skill of designing.
Fancy yourself as bit of a biscuit connoisseur? Biscuiteers certainly think they’ve got the role under their belt and they’re willing to share their secrets with you at their icing cafés. You’ll be able to learn all the tips and tricks of icing like a pro in their School of Icing, and if you’re not feeling up to the task, just enjoy their delicious afternoon tea where the hard work has been done for you!
Known for the Chef’s signature cronut – half croissant, half doughnut for those you’ve yet to try – Dominique Ansel Kitchen crossed over the pond from the US in the quaint Belgravia area. Opening with the vision to bring a sense of wit, humour and old-fashioned charm to the pastry scene, they’ve certainly succeeded. If you’re feeling something on the more savoury side, try out the spicy chorizo croissant filled with gruyère, chorizo, confit garlic and a kick of paprika. And, partner it all with a coffee, of course!
If it’s latte art you’re looking for, it’s best to head to Camden. Despite the popular spot being full of piercing and tattoo shops, you’ll find The Coffee Jar tucked away serving up stunning leafed latte art and delicious treats. Top tip: grab a spot by the window and watch the world go by in a flurry whilst you’re inside tucking into one of their massive cookies or little pastry and a steaming hot latte.
If you’re looking for a nutty afternoon, then Jolt is the perfect spot for you with their triple-nut croissant ladened with walnut, pistachio and almonds. Not forgetting their pistachio latte which sounds to die if you’re really wanting to nut-up your afternoon. It’s not just for the pistachio lovers though. You can try areopress coffee, syphon vacuum coffee, or if you’re feeling simple, go with a classic filter.
When any bar, restaurant or café has 125k Instagram followers, it’s clear they’re a big deal on the food scene front… Which is just one of the many reasons we’re totally obsessing over Grind since 2011. CEO and Founder of the Grind coffee shops, David opened the first Grind at Old Street Roundabout with Kaz James back in 2011 and has since proved that a coffee shop can offer a whole lot more than just your morning caffeine fix. We’re totally fangirling over their instagram-style interiors, passionate for a pastel pink any day.
Those with a sweet tooth, come this way…