5 of the Best Coffee Shops in London

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the 10 surprising health benefits of coffee; it can boost the metabolism, reduce the risk of several diseases, and is packed with nutrients and vitamins. Despite these properties, it is still vitally importance that the coffee tastes good. To that effect, today we share 5 of the best places in London where you can lounge out in your Be An Athlete premium hoodies and bottoms, sipping a cup of high-quality, professionally brewed, fresh coffee.

1. Kaffeine – 66 Great Tichfield Street

From the relaxed spelling to the relaxed vibe, Kaffeine is a laid back, New Zealand owned cafe in the heart of Fitzrovia. With contemporary, no nonsense decor, it's all about the coffee. The back space for instance, is home to several wooden blocks that can be used as either a table or chair, depending on your preference!

The staff are not only friendly, but knowledgeable – they know their coffee, and this makes a huge difference. Their team of baristas each have a minimum of three years experience on an espresso machine, and their menu changes from week-to-week, to compliment the change in seasons (though hour-to-hour might be more appropriate in England!).

2. Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street

Don't worry, the name doesn't refer to an unusual (and potentially scalding!) custom of coffee drinking. Instead it is reference to the resident bicycle workshop. Not only are their mechanics on site, but also a number of projectors showing all manner of cycling sport and films. The coffee is rather good, too, making this the perfect destination for those as passionate about their cup of java as they are about their two-wheeled approach to staying fit.

3. Monmouth Coffee, 27 Monmouth Street 

One of the few cafes that takes their milk as seriously as their coffee bean, Monmouth scrutinises over every decision in the pursuit of delivering the perfect brew.

The organic jersey milk is sourced from a farmer called Jeff Bowles in Somerset, while the organic whole cane sugar comes all the way from Assukar, Costa Rica. As for the coffee, itself....well, you'll just have to try it for yourself.

4. Timberyard, 61-67 Old Street

Timberyard manages to achieve that difficult, yet often attempted, blend of contemporary and vintage, with its oversized armchairs, industrial ducting and randomly positioned stacks of old suitcases. This rare attention to detail also percolates its way into the beverages.

Not only are they serious about their coffee, with a range of floral flavoured beans on offer, but they also serve an array of tea leaves which are accompanied by a timer to ensure perfect brewage. For the true java connoisseur, try out the drip-fed Chemex filter coffee process. It might take ten minutes to prepare, but for this reason alone you know it's going to be worth it.

5. Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar, 3 Lowndes Court

With an espresso bar upstairs and a brew bar downstairs, this is a coffee shop that caters to every palette. The espresso of the week keeps things interesting for the regulars, and they even run a series of coffee brewing workshops for those that really want to their home brewing to the next level.

After an intense Saturday morning gym session, we think there's nothing more relaxing than good coffee in a friendly cafe, wearing your favourite Be An Athlete lounge-wear. If you've come across any great coffee shops yourself, we'd love to hear about them in the comment box below. And who knows, perhaps we'll bump into you there.

Image Credits
2-Look Mum No Hands
3-Monmouth Cafe
5-Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar

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