Coffee Shop Reviews

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Nine awesome coffee shops in the City

Over the past few years I’ve developed a real love of coffee and enjoy finding great independent coffee shops around London to grab a pre-workout brew. As a result, I figured I would compile a list of some recommendations/reviews for the coffee lovers amongst you.

Below is a list of 9 worth checking out (I’ll keep updating as I discover more – I already have bout 4 more I can think of to review and add to the list).

If any of you have any top tips for a good place to grab a coffee I would be more than happy to hear them so feel free to comment below.

So here is the list….

 

#1: Taylor St Baristas (Liverpool St, EC2M 4TP)

Taylor St Baristas Liverpool St

My introduction to good coffee.

About 5 years ago my girlfriend (now wife) Sally took me here to grab a coffee before work. It was an a-ha moment for me as I could finally see what all the fuss about coffee was. Needless to say I haven’t been to a Starbucks since (except in an emergency!) It is a tiny little shop with queues of city workers out the shop and down the street (a pretty good sign there is something worth having inside). Don’t worry though the team inside are efficient and speed through the queue in no time.

Price:

Espresso £2.00

Flat white £2.80/3.70

The London Coffee Guide (from now on known as TLCG) rating:

Coffee 4.5/5

Overall 4/5

My rating

4.5/5

 

 #2: Prufrock Coffee (Leather Lane, EC1N 7TE)

Prufrock Coffee

Founded by a former world barista champion. A strong starting point, eh?!

They use a variety of interesting brewing methods. The Colombian filter was one of the best coffees I have ever had, however, at £4.50 it wanted to be! The place is full of a mix of trendy looking graphic designer types from Farringdon and Clerkenwell plus a bunch of office workers who have made the trek up in search of a proper coffee.

Price:

Espresso £2.20

Flat white £2.80

TLCG RATING:

Coffee 5/5

Overall 4.75/5

My rating:

4.25/5 (marked down for the over the top price of filter coffee but, for taste alone a 4.75/5).

Hit me up with any recommendations you guys have for a good place to grab a coffee.

 

#3: The Coffee House by The Gentleman Baristas (Union St, SE1 1SG)

The Gentleman Baristas

This place is only just out of my way on my walk to work. If I have time to spare I’ll make the detour to get my fix.

Super friendly staff who are more than happy to talk you through the different coffees they have to offer.

On a hot day I would definitely recommend their iced americano with brown sugar and earl grey sweetener. It’s got to be up there for the most refreshing caffeine hit I’ve ever had!

Price:

Espresso £1.50/2.00

Flat White £2.50

TLCG RATING:

Coffee 4.25/5

Overall 4.25/5

My rating:

4.5/5

 

#4: Harris + Hoole (Cannon St, EC4N 5AW)

Harris & Hoole Cannon St

Founded by the same guys behind Taylor St Baristas this chain is taking high street coffee to another level. They were voted the UK’s best coffee chain in 2014. This is the flagship store but, there is another on Tooley St near London Bridge and the company have plans to embark on an impressive expansion plan meaning there may be a Harris + Hoole near you very soon.

They also have cold brew ready to grab and go which has come in handy during the hot weather. We enjoyed over the summer.

Last but, not least, if you sign up to their app you’ll get a free coffee…nice!

Price:

Espresso £1.95

Flat White £2.30

TLCG RATING:

Coffee 4.25/5

Overall 4.5/5

My rating:

4.25/5

 

#5: Taylor St Baristas (Bank, EC2N 1AR)

Taylor St Baristas Bank

My regular pre-workout pit stop.

The coffee is just as good as at the Liverpool St branch but, this is a much bigger shop with plenty of seating.

They offer a pretty extensive lunch menu which looks good although I’ve never sampled any of it.

They have guest espressos which they rotate through about fortnightly.

The loyalty card is also great! Buy 4 coffees and get your 5th free.

Many a week I have been there Mon-Fri and enjoyed my “free” pre-workout hit before a Fat Arm Friday pump session.

Price:

Espresso £2.00

Flat white £2.80/3.70

TLCG RATING:

Coffee 4.5/5

Overall 4/5

My rating:

4.5/5

 

#6: Notes (St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ER)

Notes Coffee Shop

Starts the day as a coffee shop and in the evening transforms into a wine bar.

They also serve food, making this something of a one stop shop for all your needs.

That certainly seems to be the case for several of my personal training clients anyway!

During our visit my son was kept entertained by Charlie Chaplin movies on their TV while we relaxed and enjoyed our drinks.

Price:

Espresso £2.20/£2.40

Flat White £2.80

TLCG RATING:

Coffee 4.75/5

Overall 4.5/5

My rating:

4.5/5

 

#7: Notes Coffee Barrow (Abchurch Lane near Cannon St, EC4N 7BA )
Notes Coffee Barrow Abchurch Lane

Run by a super enthusiastic Kiwi dude, this is a great spot to grab a coffee in the city.

Awesome in the summer if you can nab a seat in the courtyard to relax and enjoy the caffeine kick while getting some vitamin D.

If you like rugby as much as you like coffee then you can be sure to get some decent banter too. I have already had two pretty lengthy chats about the World Cup this week. The Japan v South Africa result seems to have put him in a good mood!

As well as the normal range of coffees you can get a few speciality coffees here. My favourite is the Fat White. Like a flat white but, using full fat Jersey cream instead of milk. Mmmmmm!

Price:

Espresso £2.00

Flat white £2.40

My rating:

4.25/5

 

#8: Le Pont De La Tour Coffee Kiosk (Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames)

Le Pont De La Tour Coffee Kiosk

The local.

Decent coffee, friendly service and cheap. Pretty much the exact opposite of their bigger brother restaurant!

Price:

Americano £1.50/1.70

Flat White £2.10

My rating:

3.75/5

 

#9: New Row Coffee (24 New Row, WC2N 4LA)

New Row Coffee

Purveyors of kick-ass coffee (their words not mine).

To be fair though the coffee is very good.

It’s a tiny little place with only about 5 seats so if you want to sit down you could be in for a long wait.

Your best bet is to grab one to go before exploring Covent Garden.

Price:

Espresso £2.00

Flat White £2.50

My rating:

4.5/5

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