A good coffee shop isn't just about the drink; we need the right atmosphere, cool baristas and decent snacks too. London's coffee shops really upped their game over the last decade - no need to settle for an identikit soulless chain these days. Whether you're after child-friendly, freelancer-friendly or just somewhere great to go and kick back, one of these will surely float your coffee boat.
Monmouth Coffee Company
Monmouth has been around for decades, and as a result they're serving some of the best coffee in London. Their Borough location is always heaving, but the original Covent Garden is less so. Pastries are fresh and delicious.
Those Antipodeans know a thing or two about coffee and these guys are largely credited with the London coffee revolution. Aussie and NZ classics are served alongside truly great coffee in this buzzy Soho coffee shop.
Another one that helped shape the London coffee scene, this Australian style coffee shop serves excellent speciality coffee from its Great Titchfield Street and Eastcastle Street locations. Food is seasonal, with a weekly changing menu.
Exclusive locally roasted coffee blends alongside Caravan and Climpson & Sons varietals mean both Fix branches (there's also one on Curtain Road) are popular. They take their coffee seriously and the music is quite cool too.
Wilton Way Café
Hackney's creative types love it here. It's quirky yet comfortable and the walls are a gallery of local artists' work. Coffee is from Climpson & Sons, their Broadway Market neighbour, cheese is Neal's Yard, chorizo is Brindisa. You get the impeccably sourced picture.
Now a three strong operation from the well-known Kiwi coffee purveyors, this is the original and the most relaxed. Coffee is artisanal and best enjoyed alongside some of their signature global small plates.Deliveroo now from The O2 Centre
The Waiting Room
A veggie/vegan friendly coffee shop with a difference. Food here pays tribute to US barbecue and music is less stereotypical whalesong, more heavy rock. They serve good, strong Union coffee with a smile.
Just off the Old Street roundabout, Shoreditch Grind offers up both exceptional artisanal coffee and people watching. All the other Grind locations are great too, and their breakfasts are fab.Deliveroo now from Old Street | Deliveroo now from Old Street
Ozone Coffee Roasters
A light, airy coffee bar with in-store roastery and tasty food from breakfast to dinner. These guys are proper coffee nerds (in a good way!) and host lots of workshops where you can learn to brew at home.
The Coffee Jar
This little Camden coffee shop has a lot of loyal fans, so no matter that there is only seating enough for 10. Most people take away their Monmouth coffee anyway, but if you can, stay and try some of the house-baked cakes.
Family run cafe within east London's largest organic shop selling organic and natural groceries and health and beauty products. Their cakes are vegan and/or gluten free but that doesn't stop them from tasting indulgent.
A coffee shop within the St Nicholas Cole Abbey church, people of all religions come here to sit and enjoy a cup of Workshop Coffee and a slice of toast in the spiritual surroundings. Cakes are made on site and worth trying too.
Lion Coffee + Records
Coffee shop, record store and live music venue all rolled into one, this Hackney local is in tune with its area. Serving delicious Allpress espresso, all their trendy baristas are trained by Allpress themselves to ensure the coffee is quality all the way.
So-called due to its former life as a Victorian public loo, The Attendant is not just a novelty entry. Beans are roasted in-house and the staff really know their onions so your brew will be near-perfect. Freshly made sandwiches and other snacks are a bonus.
Brown & Green
There's a few of these in south east but we like the Crystal Palace one. Cute, rustic interiors, fantastic bacon sarnies and the rest of the brunch game is strong too. Kids are spoiled here rather than merely tolerated.
A coffee shop that doubles as a shared workspace with bookable areas for meetings, Timberyard is always full of people tapping away on laptops and is a handy place to work. The coffee is serious, with two types of espresso on offer, excellent filter or a slowly dripping Chemex for proper caffeine fans.
Look Mum No Hands!
Describing itself as a cafe/bar/bicycle workshop, Look Mum No Hands! is an eclectic east London entry. Coffee is from local roasters Square Mile; they source their terrific cakes from nearby bakeries and there's plenty of craft beer should you prefer something stronger.
Fresh pastries, breakfast pizzas and cold press juices are all popular choices here but come for the coffee made by one of the best machines in London. It's used at the World Barista Championships. Choose from Indian, Peruvian or Brazilian blends.