I had so many coffee shops on my list before heading to London and even though I did manage to squeeze in a fair amount on my short trip, I still wasn’t able to visit them all. So instead of overwhelming you with a huge list, I thought I’d narrow it down to my three favorites. Each one is a bit different both aesthetically and thematically, but they all have something unique to offer.
Holborn Grind – Holborn, London, UK
Coffee shop by day, bar by night, this place is a modern design lover’s dream. From the neon sign to the hexagon tiles snaking their way up the exposed brick wall, Holborn Grind has it all. It’s loud and bustling, so I’d recommend this spot for a quick stop to recharge after a day of touristing. They make a very solid shot of espresso.
Aida – Shorditch, London, UK
What’s unique about Aida is that it’s a clothing boutique-slash-cafe. But don’t let the fact that it’s a hybrid steer you away. They make a delicious (albeit, a little too sweet for my liking) and very Instagram-worthy rose latte. And if that isn’t enough to lure you in, maybe their charming little distressed tables and chairs will do the trick. This place was very chill and I totally felt like I could hang out there and really enjoy my coffee without being rushed.
Ozone Coffee Roasters – London, UK
Ah, Ozone. I loved this place so much that I went twice. Despite being a full restaurant, there are specific parts of the cafe that are very laptop friendly (the long bar along the front window and downstairs to be exact). This is the kind of place I’d work from if I lived in London. It just felt comfortable. Plus, they have an amazing Eggs Benedict if you work up an appetite. Instead of being served on English muffins it’s served on bubble n’ squeak cakes (which are essentially fried mashed potatoes). So so good.
Writing this really makes me want to book a trip back to London just to tour more coffee shops. What about you? Have you been? Are there any coffee shops I should add to my list?