This guide tells you the best independent coffee shops to go to in London and is therefore not your typical Starbucks guide! I am all for supporting local and I see the extra effort and detail these small businesses put into place. However, London tends to have a lot of small chains where the coffee shops are still in the small business category but they may have 3 or 4 locations (London is HUGE so this helps with all the different neighborhoods).
Something I really enjoy is going to the cutest coffee shops ☕ and relaxing with an Iced Latte in hand on my own. Many coffee shops also have brunch and I am obsessed with brunch!
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⭐ NOTE: Please be sure to read till the end as I have a Google Map with over 100 (YES, 100!) independent coffee shops and cafes marked.
This was inspired by a book I got called “111 Coffee Shops in London That You Must Not Miss.”
The Top 10 Best Independent Coffee Shops in London
With a few locations all over London, you must stop by for the chic interiors and fun signs! Like this one that says “I remembered and I was like f**ck!” It is super chic and they have the best coffee ever! However, I was sad to hear the Clerkenwell location (pictured above) has closed but the other spots are just as great! I get a subscription of their ground coffee straight to my home and even make my own Iced lattes at home. Plus, they have an amazing brunch! I love the Sweet Potato Harissa Cakes. And don’t forget to try their killer espresso martini.
Various locations, https://grind.co.uk/
Located in Marylebone, this cafe is situated in one of London’s prettiest areas. It makes for a great stop to read a book and sip on a nice latte. It is one of the best independent coffee shops you will find in London plus the facade is pretty dang cute.
Address: 18 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QA
3. Farm Girl
There are a few locations around London including the Soho one (pictured) and the original in Notting Hill. They have very healthy food options like Acai Bowls in addition to a spin on your normal coffee. If you want a Rose, Golden Tumeric, or Lavender latte, for example, this is your place!
Various locations, https://www.thefarmgirl.co.uk/
4. Kaffeine Coffee
When I worked in Soho, I loved slipping into this coffee shop before work or during lunchtime. It was a relaxing place and has a traditional coffee shop feel meaning I could take my time there.
5. Daisy Green
The various location names end in Green. Daisy Green is the Marylebone location. They have bottomless brunch making this a must stop place!
Various locations, https://www.daisygreenfood.com/
Aussie’s really know good coffee & brunch. This & Grind might be my favorite places to have brunch and coffee if I had to narrow this list down further!
Various Locations, https://lantanacafe.co.uk/
7. The Gentlemen Baristas
Besides the cute facade making it a reason to visit in itself, this coffee shop makes its self known as a place you can have superb coffee in inspiring surroundings.
Various Locations, https://www.thegentlemenbaristas.com/
8. Granger & Co
Another Aussie cafe located in Notting Hill and other areas. The Notting Hill one is nice because I am a sucker for West London. West London. to me is one of the prettiest areas!
Various locations, https://grangerandco.com/
Located in East London, a super instagrammable cafe from its interiors to its pink swirled coffee!
10. The Attendant
Another quaint intimate cafe where you can sip a latte and watch the world pass by!
Shoreditch & Fitzrovia, https://www.the-attendant.com/
100+ Coffee Shops MAPPED!
All the coffee shops & cafes you could imagine mapped below for you to find easily!
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