The upcoming London Coffee Festival (12th-15th April, 2018) is a celebration of London’s fantastic and flourishing coffee culture. The city is blessed with plenty of independent coffee houses and guests at The Montague on the Gardens will be within easy reach of some of the best cups of coffee in London. From rotating coffee menus to educational brew bars, be inspired by our shortlist of caffeinated spots in the capital.
Bringing the famed café culture of the Antipodes to central London, Kaffeine has two locations in Fitzrovia. As well as an extensive choice of expertly made hot drinks, both outposts also serve a delicious range of breakfast and lunch food. Alongside London coffee roasters, Kaffeine also operates a guest roaster initiative so that its customers can expand their knowledge of internationally sourced espresso. Accompany your drink of choice with a wickedly good Breakfast Brioche, filled with Cotechino sausage, gruyere cheese, and a fried egg, or stop by for a tasty salad at lunchtime, such as the roasted chicken with red pepper pesto, baby carrot, leek, fennel and spinach. Friendly service and a lively atmosphere are guaranteed.
Store St Espresso
Located close to Tottenham Court Road, Store St Espresso has quickly gained a reputation among coffee connoisseurs for its artisan approach to the perfect brew. The café sources the majority of its coffee from Square Mile Coffee Roasters, but there’s always a guest coffee to sample too. A great selection of light bites and baked goods make this the perfect pit stop during a busy day in central London.
Jacob the Angel
Located in the petite Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, Jacob the Angel bills itself as a coffee house, baked goods purveyor and breakfast and lunch venue. There’s also a take away service for those in a hurry. Start the day with a smooth and creamy Square Mile coffee and some Secret Smokehouse salmon on a toasted bagel or sourdough, enjoy a wholesome lunch courtesy of the venue’s flavourful seasonal salads, or revive flagging spirits with the freshly made tahini madeleines or a decadent slice of coconut cream pie.
Prufrock Coffee began as a humble coffee shop but now also operates as a coffee school, offering caffeine obsessives the chance to study for a SCAE Coffee Diploma. Fans of filter coffee, the café also has its own brew-bar where customers can pick up tips on how to make the ultimate cup of coffee at home. Beans are sourced from British roasters as well as a select few European names, such as Drop Coffee, Coffee Collective and The Barn. As well as the wonderfully uncomplicated breakfast menu, the venue also serves brunch-style dishes until 3.30pm. There isn’t much that can’t be cured with a dish of truffled mushrooms, spinach, cream and Parmesan on sourdough.
Fanatical about perfect coffee, The Association can be found in the heart of the City and serves the best coffee in the financial district. Working closely with top quality suppliers such as Workshop Coffee and sourcing its milk from Northiam Dairy, this coffee house serves a changing menu of coffees according to the season, in addition to classic favourites. Chic yet unpretentious, be sure to order one of the excellent freshly made sandwiches or exemplary baked goods when you visit.
Coffee fans can enjoy a coffee tasting masterclass at The Montague on the Gardens, courtesy of the ‘Coffee Experience,’ which is available until mid May 2018.