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The best independent coffee shops in London

London is an iconic city, not just in England but around the world. Its double-decker buses, red phone boxes and unique architecture make it a must for any wanderer. Whilst travelling around and sight-seeing, pick me up is needed, and this beautiful city has many great options.

Here are Far Out we believe that travelling is not just about the sights but about the experiences. Coffee is a sacred drink and to just catch a quick instant coffee to quench your caffeine need is a waste. We have searched the city for some cool and places worth of a rest break from your day. A stop that is as unique as the rest of your time in the city.

Whilst you travel around taking in such sights as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Oxford Street. Make sure you take a look at our list of some of the best artisan coffee shops so that you can make the most of your visit to the nation’s capital.

Origin, Shoreditch

65 Charlotte Rd,

The flagship store was open in 2014 on Charlotte Road Origin has gone from strength-to-strength. KnownThere are a range of feature beans set monthly often focusing on process, varietal or origin.

Workshop Coffee, Marylebone

1 Barrett St,
W1U 1AX.

With knowledgeable baristas and amazing brunch menu, this shop is a treat for anyone who chooses to visit. You can get hold of a bag of Cult of Done Espresso beans to enjoy when you get home after it takes ahold of you on your visit to this great coffeshop.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia

66 Great Titchfield St,
W1W 7QJ.

This Australian style coffee shop serves brilliant coffee from both its Great Titchfield and Eastcastle street locations. The independent coffee shops food is changed seasonally and has a weekly changing menu. It is definitely worth going out of your way to visit.

Prufrock Coffee, Farringdon

23-25 Leather Lane,

The attention to detail is what separates them from other coffee shops. Its coffee is delicious and sourced from around the world. Their standards don’t stop at the drinks, the food is on par and along with the decor makes this coffee shop a great place to visit.

Lion Coffee and Records, Hackney

118 Lower Clapton Road,
E5 0QR

Highly trained baristas, trained by Allpress themselves serve great coffees to its locals who flock in their droves. As well as a coffee shop this venue is a record store and a live music venue. Hackney local this is a must for all caffeine needs.

Esters, Stoke Newington

55 Kynaston Road,
Stoke Newington,
N16 0EB.

In the suburb of Stoke Newington, the place has a great relaxed feel to it. They do filter options in batch or by the cup, which is perfect for coffee with friends or a quick cuppa on your own. They have great out-of-the-ordinary cups of coffee.

Shoreditch Grind, Shoreditch

213 Old Street,

Starting its journey in Shoreditch, with its offbeat interiors and trendy staff it has grown out into Soho, Holborn, London Bridge, Clerkenwell and Royal Exchange. So if you cannot make it to the original in Shoreditch there are others that you can get to for a unique experience.

The Coffee Jar, Camden

83 Parkway,
Camden Town,
NW1 7PP.

As well as coffee the shop offers house-baked cakes. With a loyal following, it is a thriving and quaint place in Camden has seating for 10 so most take away. But if you get the opportunity it is definitely worth taking time to relax.

Bar Italia, Soho

22 Frith Street,
W1D 4RF.

True Italian coffee family-run coffee in Soho. Opened in 1949, the coffee shop is well established in Soho’s culture. Grab a drink and sit outside under the colourful neon glow of the Bar Italia sign. This is a very authentic bar and definitely worth a visit.

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