Central London guide to coffee

If I ever have an assignment to type out, a book to read or simply a chat to have – you will find me in a coffee shop. But sometimes it is hard to pick a spot. I have had a lot of these over the past year in London, so I have been lucky enough to sample some of the best coffee in the capital. I am sure this list will expand over the coming months, but I hope you enjoy and sample some of these gems.

Jacob The Angel, Covent Garden.

Situated in the magical Neals Yard, Covent Garden, this gem is one of the cutest little spots. With gorgeous, rich coffee and a banana bread to DIE for – this one is not to be missed. Be sure to get there in the off-peak times though, as there aren’t tonnes of seats! Perfect for catch ups and book reading.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia.

This is one of my favourite spots for reading the newspaper in the window seat. They do a homemade almond milk, which is super creamy. They have one down the road as well with more seats if you don’t get lucky in this one! (Another maker of delicious banana bread)!

White Pine, Fitzrovia.

Equipped with chargers, free wifi and window seats – this is the perfect little spot to get some work done whilst sipping on coffee. The coffee is great and served in delightful glasses and crockery. Definitely one for Instagram and health warriors, as I have heard the juices and smoothies are divine!

Store St Espresso, Bloomsbury

Predictably found on Store Street in Bloomsbury, this coffee shop is understated from the outside but bright and inviting as soon as you walk through the door. They serve a delicious oat cappuccino and have wifi (within a certain time frame) so you can sip whilst you work. I found this a handy little spot to dash to if I was early for lectures or meetings during term time!

Gails, Notting Hill.

In my opinion, Gail’s wins in terms of the best tasting coffee. Smooth and not too rich, if I don’t have time to sit in I often grab a takeaway as it is so good. The Notting Hill branch has lots of tables and hidey-holes for you to get some work done and lot’s of yummy baked goods to nibble on.

26 Grains, Covent Garden.

One of the best breakfasts I have ever had was from this gem. The best coffee served in the cutest rustic tumblers…what’s not to love?! And if you are lucky with the weather, definitely take a pew in the courtyard bit just outside and watch the humdrum of shoppers and brunchers go by. I am yet to try their pastries and other treats, but I will soon be back for more!

Grind, Soho. 

Coffee by day, cocktails by night…the best secret spot for a romantic bevvy in the early evening. But get there early to get a seat because the bar is a tiny room downstairs!


Let me know your favourite coffee spots on my Instagram!

Leila x


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