Top 20 Independent Coffee Shops in London

By Seb Dean from Find London Apartments.

1.     Foxcroft & Ginger

3 Berwick Street, W1F


Foxcroft & Ginger serves wonderful coffee efficiently, which is surprising to say that they get rather busy. They also serve the light snacks that you’d expect of a coffee shop, including croissants which, we must say, provide a lovely breakfast!

2.     Speakeasy Espresso Bar

3 Lowndes Court, W1F


Located just off Carnaby Street, the Speakeasy Espresso Bar is a perfect place for a mid-day coffee-stop or to grab a coffee to end a hard day of shopping. Coffee is sourced from all over the globe and brought to you in this small shop! The Speakeasy is somewhere we would confidently recommend to even the most well-informed coffee connoisseur.

3.     Four Corners

12 Lower Marsh, SE1


A welcome, recent addition to Waterloo has been the Four Corners café which has risen to prominence partly because of its humorous advertising through its A-boards. The coffee is sourced locally and is roasted at Shoreditch’s Ozone. They also offer a delightful range of soups and snacks as well as alcoholic beverages for the times that coffee doesn’t quite hit the spot!

4.     ScooterCaffe

132 Lower Marsh, SE1


This one’s perfect for any reformed mod! The café is filled with Scooter memorabilia and is one of the friendlier places in London! They have a resident cat, a puppy and a loyal crowd who are all very nice to newcomers! The lattes here are also fantastic – a minor detail for a coffee shop!

5.     Look Mum No Hands

49 Old Street, EC1


Officially a bike café, this gem in the square mile serves great coffee and they serve it fast! Although you may find the conversation is tied pretty closely to cycling, it’s a really friendly place that’s great for a quick coffee.

6.     Sharps Coffee Bar

9 Windmill St, W1T

Weirdly, you can get your moustache trimmed whilst sipping on a coffee at Sharps Coffee Bar, a subtle hat-tip to the sophisticated nature of the place.

7.     Tapped & Packed No. 26

26 Rathbone Place, W1T

Tapped & Packed No. 26 in Fitzrovia offers a fantastic hideaway where you can indulge in a strong coffee.

8.     Caravan Kings Cross

1 Granary Square, N1C

This coffee house roast their own coffee, in-house. They also offer coffee classes so that you can learn to make the perfect cup for your loved ones!

9.     Long White Cloud

151 Hackney Road, E2

The Long White Cloud is a Hoxton favourite that offers coffee and art in abundance. The café has a free range menu with fair trade and locally sourced products.


CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker St, EC2Y

Notes is a great option, with knowledgeable staff and some great coffee! Notes offers various espressos and also a brew bar that offers filter coffees.

11.Algerian Coffee Stores

52 Old Compton Street, W1V

Staggeringly, this coffee shop has been there since 1877 and one of the key features that draws in the crowds is that it offers espresso shots for just £1!


75 Wigmore Street, W1U

Workshop opened its doors in Clerkenwell and has quickly developed a great reputation and has grown exponentially ever since. They have branches in Holborn, Clerkenwell and Marylebone and are well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

13.Daily Goods at Kinoko Cycles

10 Golden Square, W1F

If you’re a keen cyclist, the Daily Goods café within Kinoko Cycles is worth a visit! You can get some expert advice about your bike, while you sip your espresso.

14.Fernandez & Wells

43 Lexington Street, W1F

These cafes (they have 5 branches) not only offer great coffee, but their food is to die for! Thoroughly recommended!


23-25 Leather Lane, EC1N

The fact that Prufrock is seen as a go-to place to learn the finer side of becoming a barista, it goes without saying that the flagship café offers great coffee and impeccable service.

16.Bar Italia

22 Frith Street, Soho, W1D

Bar Italia is a Soho institution – it’s been there for over 65 years and is definitely worth a visit if you’re around the area. Offering kitsch setting and friendly service, it’s perennially popular amongst Soho locals.

17.Tap Coffee

Rathbone Place, W1T

Resisting modern coffee technology is the Tap coffee shop on Rathbone Place which prefers slow-drip filter coffee to machine coffee. They also sell coffee making equipment.

18.Monmouth Bermondsey

36 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, SE1

Leading the way when it came to the trend of coffee shops roasting their own coffee is Monmouth in Bermondsey. They have shops around the capital, but the Maltby Street shop is a real, weekend treat. In fact, they only open on Saturdays!


66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W

A bustling coffee spot, Kaffeine gets very, very busy. It’s made worthwhile however by their knowledgeable staff and the fantastic cappuccinos!


17 Berwick Street, W1F

If you’re seeking a high quality coffee and you aren’t in too much of a rush to get it, Princi is a great option. The interior is pretty gloomy but the coffee makes it worth it.

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