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    Got a mate from Melbourne over in London for the next 12 months & hes really struggling without BBB just down the street from work. Anyone have any suggestions where he could get a good coffee in London?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7463777678100 link=1236291693/0#0 date=1236291693
    Got a mate from Melbourne over in London for the next 12 months & hes really struggling without BBB just down the street from work. *Anyone have any suggestions where he could get a good coffee in London?

    These guys seem to be getting a bit of hype on the net.

    http://shop.squaremilecoffee.com/

    I have had no experience of them, but they have had pretty good reviews.

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    Re: London?

    Flatwhite in SOHO gets consistently good reviews...

    Also found this one written by a NZer in London- may be of use: http://www.flatwhite.net/main/2007/6/29/the-best-coffee-in-london.html

    Ultimately, I reckon the best coffee in the UK might be served at your mates place if he buys a machine and grinder and roasts his own!

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    This one is easy. Flat White. Of the many dozens/hundreds or cafes etc Ive been to around the world Id rate Flat White as the best coffee outlet in the world, most certainly if consistency is considered. There is probably better, but Ive yet to find it.

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    Can highly recommend Monmouth Coffee Company (in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden). Funky and friendly little cafe, great espresso. Very busy cafe - amazed that they only have a 2-group LM (with Robur). They roast their own beans (off-site, also supplying their other shop in London as well as other cafes including the aforementioned Flat White).

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    So far of the 10 or so cafes weve been to Dose has been one of our favourites for both the food and coffee.

    Gwilyms cart is also a must try, we went to the Columbia Rd flower market cart which runs on sundays and it was great.
    Breakfast rolls were really good and coffee was great, I even got to pull shots with Gwilym for a few hours!

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    Now that im back in Melbourne id rate Dose (69 Long Lane - near Barbican station) as one of the best in London, found that James was very consistent over the 3 times I visited.
    I can also appreciate that its probably easier to be more consistent as it wouldnt be as busy as somewhere as Flat White.

    As ive already mentioned one of Gwilyms carts, or both are worth visiting - Columbia Road Flower Market on sunday or Whitecross St Market (mon-fri I think).

    Flat White (17 Berwick St, Soho) the cafe thats said to have started the antipodeon surge is worth going to, bumped into Erin while we were there.

    Most of the others were ok but not great, more on those on my blog.

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    Hey all,

    Went to London over the weekend and enjoyed some great coffee. Plenty to choose from - I got loads of suggestions but only made it to a few. Beware: Starbucks, Nero Caffe and other chains are everywhere (and appear to be very popular).

    I made this google maps list which might be useful to anyone looking for good coffee in London.

    Summary:

    Flat White - as others have said, a good little cafe. Uses Square Mile beans. The owner (a Kiwi) is a nice bloke. Our two flat whites were identical even to the rosettas, so kudos for that. Tasted great, of course, which is more important!

    Milkbar - sister company to Flat White. Quite similar in size and set up - also running LM (FB80 I think) and Robur-e. The coffee I had here actually tasted better, but the barista wasnt as slick or careful, IMO. Weird name, but a very nice place to chill out for a coffee.

    Wild & Wood - we stumbled across this one while looking for the British Museum. Excellent food and coffee. They use Monmouth beans. Running a La Spaziale and Mazzer (just SJ I think). Quirky, rustic interior - very small! - but intimate and relaxed.

    Joe & the Juice - very convenient location on Regent St - which is how we found it. They have a LM Mistral and Mahlkonig K30 twin grinder (sounds good, right?), BUT both times we went there the baristas were sloppy and inattentive. Out of five coffees, we got 1 excellent, 2 good and 2 average. Juice bar is excellent and food looks good. Nice place inside, too - quite big with mezzanine and lots of couches.

    There we go. We only had 4 days in London and not all of them was spent seeking out good coffee (mores the pity) so we really only scratched the surface. Plenty of good coffee to be found, though.

    Hope someone finds that helpful.
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    Was recently in London and managed to get to Nude Espresso in Brick Lane which was very good and very busy.

    Sacred Cafe is also very good.

    Didnt manage to make time to see the other places as time did not allow me to.

    Was very impressed with Nude Espresso particularly.

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    Re: London?

    Ill put forward The Espresso Room in Bloomsbury (short walk from Holborn tube) as one of my faves.

    When I was living in London, I would frequent anywhere on Gwilym Davies Disloyalty card and be assured of excellence.

    By the way, Gwilyms operation Prufrock Coffee now has a second outlet in Primrose Hill, furnished with a prototype of the next Kees Van der Westen machine, the Spirit.

    (the postcard is from The Espresso Room ;))


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    Quote Originally Posted by 465D575F6B565B5A50340 link=1236291693/9#9 date=1331115195
    Ill put forward The Espresso Room in Bloomsbury (short walk from Holborn tube) as one of my faves.
    Ill second this. Lived in a flat 20 yards away for several months, never had an ordinary coffee from these guys (they also sell fresh beans). They seemed to take great care in training their new staff and are very friendly/polite (which is not always the case with retail service in London...though getting better).
    For tourists visiting the British Museum this place is an easy 5 minute walk due east. Also not far from Russel Square tube station (as well as Holborn).
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    Anyone tried Shoreditch Grind (nr Old Street)? I'm working in London for a few months early next year and will be based nearby.....looks the best option (or I guess I could walk to Great Ormond St) .

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    Have not heard of shoreditch grind, but you might be close to Gwilym Davies / Prufrock Coffee if he still has a machine set up @ Present, 140 Shoreditch high st.

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    Thank Rick, will give them a go. Been to a few other places on the Disloyalty Card (lived above the Espresso Room...very good). I ended out emailing the guys from Shoreditch Grind (only been open about a year), asking whether they sold fresh beans. Got a very friendly reply in about 2 minutes in the affirmative. Seems it is run (and largely staffed) by Melbourne ex-pats. Will report back when I try their coffee, but a promising start.

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    We were over in London in June and I made a special point of searching for great coffee. All I found was Aussies and Kiwis Best places we went to:

    Workshop Coffee Co. - Clerkenwell (WORKSHOP COFFEE CO.) (My favourite - pulling great shots on a Slayer)
    Association Coffee - Creechurch Lane (The Association: City of London Coffee Project) (New one, also great Espresso)
    Flatwhite - SOHO - Had to check it out, also excellent Espresso
    Nude Espresso - Surprising good Espresso, stopped there halfway through a run

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    Visited Shoreditch Grind (above Old Street tube station) for a latte and some beans. Very nice latte, in a sensible sized glass. Still working on dialing in my new Porlex grinder with the Aeropress, but both of my first efforts using their roasted beans have been superb. Seems to be owned and staffed entirely by Antipodeans (the owners are from Melbourne) Definitely going back.

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    Late 2014 update. Staying in Notting Hill, so Shoreditch / City are not so handy. Three places that I have tried and found to be very good (two are listed in posts above):

    Flat White, Berwick St. Soho - Had to drink a flat white there, and it was excellent. A slightly sweet, well balanced drink. Swift, pleasant service with a smile.

    Sacred Cafe, Ganton St. Soho - Big bold flat white, in your face but somehow quite smooth at the same time. Service was chaotic, but it wasn't down to lack of effort, largely limitations of space and the behaviour of some customers (who frankly I wouldn't have fed). I just wish they had a less pretentious name.

    Talkhouse, top of Portobello Rd. Notting Hill. - This was a lucky find. Coffee quite similar in style to Sacred Cafe above. Also tried a ristretto....actually, no they refused to make a ristretto so I had a regular espresso, which was well balanced (but I'll get a ristretto out of them one day). They also sell a number of soft brews apparently (aeropress, cold drip in summer, etc).

    Another which has been OK at times is Coffee Plant (a bit further south on Portobello Rd), very friendly efficient staff, but coffee not as consistent as one would prefer. Also 'Kitchen and Pantry' on Kensington Park Rd.....perfectly acceptable coffee served in room with more leather chairs and armchairs than fit comfortably in the room. Patrons are from another world, however.

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    Monmouth at the Borough Market was an institution for me when I lived there several years ago. But only open on market days.

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    Thought I provide a wrap-up of places I tried during my recent stay in London, organised by district, with address details that work in Google Maps.

    City / Old Street:
    Ozone Coffee Roasters - 11 Leonard St EC2A 4AQ: Superb, my favourite place in London for a latte or ristretto.
    Shoreditch Grind - 213 Old Street (on the roundabout): Very good, Square Mile beans. (has a new sister shop 'Holborn Grind' at 199 High Holborn....didn't try).

    Bloomsbury / Central London:
    Espresso Room, 31-35 Great Ormond St. In the top 3 or 4.
    Wild and Wood 19/1 New Oxford Street. Poky little place with nice coffee and simple food options.
    Tap Coffee No. 114, 114 Tottenham Court Rd, Excellent for espresso based drinks and had some nice soft-brew options too. (they have other outlets nearby too).

    Soho:
    Sacred Cafe, 13 Ganton St: Chaotic service but v.good espresso / flat white.
    Flat White, 17 Berwick St.: Excellent flat whites (unsurprsingly).
    Milk Bar 3 Bateman St: sister cafe of Flat White, but coffee not as impressive on my visit. They had recently adopted some Swedish coffee beans that maybe they hadn't mastered.
    Speakeasy, 3 Lowndes Court, OK flat white, nothing special. They seem to specialise in Aeropress etc, which I didn't try.

    Covent Garden:
    Monmouth, 27 Monmouth St. Quite a nice flat white, very busy.

    Notting Hill:
    Talkhouse Coffee, 275 Portobello Rd. Excellent flat whites and espressos. Staff have a bit of attitude, but not in a rude sense.
    Coffee Plant, 180 Portobello Rd. Inconsistent, but never bad.

    Camden:
    Ruby Dock Cafe: 45 Camden Lock Place: Quite a nice latte, sister shop of Aust. influenced 'Lantana' which I haven't tried.

    Hampstead:
    4a Perrins Court: Was a real surprise. Was one of the better flat whites.

    Probably forgot one, but that should give people a start if they find themselves in London for a few days.

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    Glad you made it to Monmouth and it is still good. Geez Barry you must have been pinging with all that coffee. Sounds like my sort of holiday!

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    I used to live in London and back then Monmouth was already up and coming. Nevertheless, I personally prefer the Borough Market location, it is livelier and has a bit more character, I think, beyond the usual. It's nice to sit on the left and up and people watch whilst sipping a pourover. They "saved" me on a recent London trip - they sold me filters and a cone at a decent price to go with my ground coffee. Without a grinder or any means of brewing coffee I had resigned myself to instant rather than brave the winter wind in the morning...

    My favourite today - bearing in mind increasingly infrequent trips - is Ozone, also mentioned earlier. Just watch out for forgetful service at busy times and make sure you are given what you ordered. The food is mostly quite good, as in most of these places.

    Used to be at Fernandez & Wells in Soho quite often. They have 3 locations now. I remember trying the second location and not being impressed. They had a reliable espresso 6-7 years ago at least, and the egg tarts were really good as were most of the sweet things. But I doubt it'd impress Aussies. Beans from one of the famous roasters, possibly Monmouth.

    Some of you will presumably be visiting Canary Wharf for business, and staying in the area. Limehouse does not have much going for it, but despair not, for Husk Coffee & Creative Space is just the community cafe you needed. Is it Ozone-level coffee, no (no in-house roasting...), but it is much better than Starbucks, the cakes are made there, and it's cheap. Plenty of armchairs and books too. That part of London is a bit of a coffee desert so it's nice to have that option without taking the DLR to Bank and further west.



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