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Where To Australian-Grade Flat Whites In London

In recent years, Londoners have enjoyed a huge surge in artisan coffee shops. The café culture isn’t yet on par with that of Melbourne or Sydney, but it’s getting pretty close. If you know where to go, Antipodean-style flat whites, glasses of cold brew and high-quality beans can be found throughout the city. Here’s our pick of some of the best spots to have coffee in London.

Climpson & Sons

Located on Broadway Market, this east London favourite set up shop in 2002 in a one-time butcher, also named Climpson & Sons. On Saturdays, pair a coffee here with a browse of the street market right outside the café. You’ll find stalls selling fresh produce, street food and all kinds of gifts. Try to grab a seat at one of the two benches outside so you can enjoy a spot of people watching — you’re in the heart of hipster Hackney, after all.

E5 Bakehouse

E5 Bakehouse Photo: Helen Cathcart

Nearby is another local haunt: E5 Bakehouse. Come here for the freshly baked bread (such as its famous Hackney Wild sourdough); stay for the excellent coffee and food. The lunch menu changes daily, and uses only local, seasonal and organic ingredients. E5 Bakehouse is incredibly passionate about bread. Its bakers run a weekly baking course, and also train refugee women in bread-making skills through the Just Bread initiative.

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Found near the Old Street roundabout, Ozone Coffee Roasters, is another Kiwi favourite. The space has exposed brick walls, lots of timber and large windows that look out to the street, and coffee is always top notch. Since its part of a New Zealand-based brand, you wouldn’t expect any less. Ozone concentrates on using sustainable UK-based producers for its food menus, with inventive brunch and lunch dishes a highlight.

Ground Control

This tiny café, named Ground Control, can be found in Clerkenwell. The Ethiopian Coffee Company source their beans from Ethiopia, naturally, and those in the know come here for the high-quality beans and consistently good cups of coffee. The team is incredibly passionate about what they do, and frequently visit their suppliers in Ethiopia.

The CoffeeWorks Project

With several locations in the capital, The CoffeeWorks Project has got you covered. The café is dedicated to using very high-quality beans, and coffee here is some of the best in the city. Located near the canal, the Angel branch has a large, peaceful garden out the back, and is typically jam-packed with young professionals on their laptops.

Federation Coffee

Head south of the river to Brixton, and you’ll find Federation Coffee amongst the restaurants, pop-up bars, fishmongers and stores under the arcade at Brixton Village Market. There’s a really great atmosphere, and arguably the best coffee in the area by far. The café rotates their house and filter blend of coffee depending on the season, and roasters from Margate in the UK, Sweden and London itself have featured.

For a hit of caffeine in the centre of town, TAP is a great option. There are two in Fitzrovia, and one in Soho. Head to Wardour Street for the Soho branch, where the baristas are highly skilled, and chilled vibes offer respite from the crowds of nearby Oxford Street. The wooden benches and Edison light bulbs are welcome design touches, and skylights allow for lots of light to fill the space.

Fernandez & Wells

Fernades & Wells Photo: Tricia de Courcy Ling

Fernandez & Wells has five branches in the city, with the Somerset House location a top choice.  After a visit to the galleries of Somerset House, enjoy a coffee at while looking out to the impressive courtyard. Its trademarked mini flat white is especially sought after, and since the owners met while working at Monmouth Coffee, you can be sure they understand the importance of really good coffee.

Workshop Coffee

This well-known London café name doesn’t disappoint, and is consistently one of the best in the city. Workshop Coffee started with the aim to bring the Australian-style café to London, and now has four locations in the city. The Fitzrovia branch has a chilled-out vibe, while maintaining a serious attitude to producing top-quality coffee. The cafes also stock take-away beans and home-brewing equipment.

Caravan

Famed for its brunch and a commitment to great coffee, Caravan has several locations throughout the city. The Kings’s Cross branch at Granary Square is particularly good, housed in a Victorian grain store. If you’re simply there for coffee, head straight to the back of the restaurant to the café space. There’s a buzzy vibe, and the space is often filled with young professionals and students from the next-door arts university, Central Saint Martins.

Allpress Espresso

With two locations in the east, New Zealand-favourite Allpress Espresso is a must. The original Redchurch Street café in Shoreditch is always busy with locals (and tourists) filling up the small space. The Dalston roastery and café space is ultra trendy, housed in a previously derelict building with lots of light-filled space and extra outdoor seating. Coffee from Allpress can be found at other cafes too, such as the renowned Violet Cakes in Hackney.

Published 29 June, 2018