Working at G!RO Cycles, I have come to not only appreciate good coffee but also expect it. Spending more and more time in Central London, I have started a hunt for the best coffee stops and shops. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite spots in Central [so far]:
Monday – Friday: 8am till 8pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Best Bits? Comfortable seating, fast wifi, good coffee, great food
Worst Bits? Pricey, Not enough space to meet the demand
If you can get a seat, Timberyard has the perfect working environment. Downstairs there are super comfy armchairs, loads of sockets to charge and free wifi. The only problem is that there’s no natural light, so I would definitely prefer to work upstairs by the large windows.
Food wise, this place is up there with the best. A small selection of sandwitches and salads are done really well. The bakery and cake section is literally irresistible and the coffee is up to standard.
A really great touch is that every order comes with a bottle of tap water, which means you can sink into your armchair for hours…
So with great food and a really creative vibe, Timberyard is one of my favourite coffee shops in Central London. It’s pricey, but that doesn’t deter the crowds of people that queue for lunch every day. My advice: Get in early, make a big order and get seated upstairs.
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 6:30pm
Best Bits? Good quality take away coffee
Worst Bits? Too small, not enough seating, lacking character
After spending several hours in Timberyard, Monmouth Coffee had a lot to live up to… and it failed massively. The coffee is good, nothing spectacular but the main issue is the lack of seating. If you’re looking for a take away, this may well be a good bet but I wouldn’t recommend sticking around. When we eventually got a seat, we felt a bit rushed to leave. This led to a pretty poor vibe and the inside just isn’t comfortable or unique in anyway. Unfortunately, the Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden felt like the chain it has become.
Espresso Bar Mozzino
Monday – Friday: 08:00-19:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00
Best Bits? Great vibe, good coffee, staff are friendly, fast wifi
Worst Bits? Once the foods gone, it’s gone
This was such a good find. Mozzino is located just off Carnaby Street. The inside has been really cleverly designed with up-cycled furniture. The coffee is really reasonably price, tastes great and the staff are super friendly. Carnaby Street itself is one of my favourite parts of London and this little place is definitely one of the best espresso bars I have found. I will be in here for quite some time…
Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 22:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 20:00
Best Bits? Flatbread and coffee? What’s not to like? Free wifi, a few charging sockets
Worst Bits? The lunchtime rush for flatbreads is pretty big!
Flat Planet is such a cool and innovative place. Whoever thought of this combination is surely winning! The coffee is really well made, good quality beans and it felt like the coffee machine was the focal part of the café. The flat breads are also made right in front of you, everything feels really natural and of great quality. The vibe in here is great, there is a real buzz that seems to last until early evening. There are two seats outside the cafe and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than sitting out on Great Marlborough Street for lunch in the sun.
Other coffee shops worth noting include:
Rapha – always serves good coffee if your in Picadilly Circus.
Notes – exceptional coffee if your looking for a more formal scene, located just off Trafalgar Square.
Look Mum No Hands – If you’re in Old Street, LMNH is a really great, busy little cafe with an outside seating area.
Central London is a pretty big place, with a lot of coffee shops… Let me know where your favourite is and I will be sure to check it out! This is by no means a comprehensive list and I hope to extend and alter it with the more coffee I consume… a perfect excuse I think!