Some people just can’t get going in the morning without a coffee or two. Others need a midday pick-me-up to help drive away modern-life drowsiness. Coffee is a legal high for the masses. It’s society’s acceptable way of staying awake and on the ball. It has to be said that some coffee tastes better than others and some of the places that serve coffee are also superior to others.
According to research carried out in 2011, Londoners are more addicted than ever to their daily black coffee, latte, flat white or cappuccino. In order to whet the city’s seemingly collective caffeine addiction, there are 1,522 chain coffee shops in London, serving differing choices from around the world.
With such a phenomenal amount of coffee shops on their doorstep, where an earth do Londoners and visitors head to in order to get the best cup of coffee available?
Here’s three of the best coffee shops in London:
Kaffeine has been setting new standards of coffee making since it opened in 2009. An Australian/New Zealand collaboration, Kaffeine bases its coffee, loose-leaf teas and food on the popular and hospitable coffee shop culture of Australia and New Zealand.
Beans are roasted and ground on the premises and the coffee tastes as it is supposed to taste. The ambience inside this popular shop is bustling and friendly.
Kaffeine is located on Great Titchfield Street in the heart of Fitzrovia, just two minutes away from Oxford Circus.
Fratelli Deli, Chelsea
Fratelli Deli is a relatively small chain with less than a dozen shops around London. The Italian coffee served in Fratelli Deli is genuine and strong.
At the Chelsea branch on the Duke of York Square you can have your coffee with a great selection of fresh croissants or pain au chocolate. The selection of paninis served in this atmospheric eatery is superb and the prices are refreshingly reasonable.
The location is a winner as well – Tuck yourself up in a window seat and watch the well-heeled folk of Chelsea going about their daily lives.
Look Mum No Hands, Hungerford Bridge
This is surely one of the world’s most unusually named coffee shops. It is actually a cycle coffee shop, which should please the bicycle-loving Boris Johnson no end. The three Look Mum No Hands branches in London are not just popular with London’s cyclists, as lots of people go and enjoy great food as well as superb coffee and tea.
The branch under Hungerford Bridge near to the London Eye shows televised cycling events live and serves German beer as well as coffee. You can even get your bike repaired with an in-house mechanic if you have any problems.
The original Look Mum No Hands is situated on Old Street, EC1.