If you have lived in London for a while, you must realize that there is more “Pret a Manger” than Starbucks here. Despite its Parisian name, it’s originally from London and the taste of the coffee is not the best in its league. However, honestly price-wise Pret is student-friendly. Anyway, I won’t be talking about Pret here. I want to share with you my honest review of several coffee shops that I visited.
1. Gail’s Cafe, Camden
Running at Regent’s Park has been my ‘sanctuary’ and Gail’s always opens earlier than other coffee shops. I chose flat white as usual and I found the coffee to be too hot for an enjoyable first sip. I also tried its chive & cheese scone and I loved it!
2. Luminary Bakery, Camden
47 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AJ
The flat white tastes good and they charge 0.40 p for a change from normal milk to oat milk. And, if you sit in, you’ll pay more than take away. I think so far this is a general rule in London. You can bring your laptop and work here as the second floor is quite spacey.
It’s located just steps away from the crowded Camden Stable Market. They also offer selections of pastries and cakes.
3. Redemption Roasters, Bloomsbury
84b Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3LR
In a world full of mediocre, try to be outstanding through your own story. I think this is what I learned from Redemption Roastery. I am so amazed to know this coffee shop roasts the beans behind bars. Offenders behind bars received top-quality roastery training in order to have a skill and can directly work after release. By offering education and employment in specialty coffee, Redemption has a mission to help prison leavers successfully reintegrate into society. On release, they support Redemption Graduates to find work, either in their own coffee shops or with their committed employment partners.
4. Hermanos Colombian Coffee Roasters, King’s Cross
Pancras Rd, London N1C 4TB
Victor and Santiago Gamboa are the men behind Hermanos Coffee Roasters. The love of and the willingness to dig dip down into the Colombian culture of coffee made them establish this coffee shop. Located at the King’s Cross St. Pancras’s corner, this new store instantly catches the eye.
5. Store Street Espresso, Bloomsbury
40 Store St, London WC1E 7DB
Located near the UCL campus, this coffee shop has a genius store concept. So they are collaborating with artists to exhibit their paintings there and the coffee customers can buy their paintings too. I ordered a cup of espresso and it was super strong! I also tried its matcha cookie and it’s just okay.
6. Broadwalk Cafe by Benugo, Regent’s Park
Inner Circle, The Broad Walk, London NW1 4NP
Honestly, I went here accidentally after being soaked in rain in the middle of running at Regent’s Park. I finally decided to pay a visit here while waiting for the rain to stop. Yes, I was clumsy enough to not check the weather forecast that morning. I was just trying to be disciplined in my running routine. I tried its chai latte and I think it’s quiet nice.
7. Il Molino, Battersea
284 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BT
Il Molino is an Italian cafe that sells coffee and Italian snacks. My Italian friends Ippolita and Alexa recommended this place so I guess the taste is pretty authentic.
See you on another cafe review!