“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.” Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Coffee addicts know this… If you wake us up with a cup of coffee in the morning, no one can be happier than us.
As a former barista, a lifelong coffee addict and mainly a London lover, I wanted to share with you the best third wave coffee shops that I discovered during my London adventure. Their tastes are at their best and I always try to taste different regions every time I visit them.
If you are struggling to survive in London, you need to pay attention to your daily expenses. Especially if you have free coffee and tea in the place where you work, your expenses for drinking outside must have a reason. When I was working at Canary Wharf, I decided to buy myself a well-deserved coffee two times a week as soon as I discovered the flavor of coffee at Notes Coffee Roasters, which is just at the exit of the subway. I was literally enjoying my Flat White on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Why Monday? Well, it is completely necessary to gather the energy of the whole week. Why Wednesday? You need a source of motivation when your energy is running out 🙂
Notes Coffee Roasters welcomes its guests in many locations of London, accompanied by a bar and cafe concept, with its special coffees, beers, well-chosen wines and distinctive cocktails. I’m pretty sure that you will enjoy visiting the 3 branches in the Canary Wharf region and the branch in Trafalgar, where you can spend a pleasant time alone too.
There is no need to tell more. One who goes to London and who actually researches the best third wave coffee shops and roasters in the region will surely find out the information about Monmouth Coffee. I can assure you that this is not an exaggerated popularity 🙂 Since my house was very close to the London Bridge and Bermondsey route, I used to visit the locations in London Borough Market and Bermondsey quite often, and I also used to buy a pack of coffee to consume at home every time i visit. It was one of the most preferred coffee roasters with its ambiance, taste and wide range for me.
If you would prefer to go their London Borough branch, my advice is to check the working hours as it may be closed in different hours and days of the week you plan. What is more, if you are keen to have your morning coffee there, please consider waking up early as there is always a long queue.
I can say that one of Monmouth’s locations you must visit is the Covent Garden branch, because all these inspiring coffee stories start in the basement of their place on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden in 1978. Although they have divided the coffee roasting and packaging process to different locations, I think it is very pleasant to breathe the story in Covent Garden. It was quite a pleasure to sip my hot coffee and watch the view of the street on the bench in front of the cafe while Christmas decorations sparkled in Covent Garden despite the cold weather last winter.
Why Grind, because we have a different story with the brand. I was at a time when I was desperately looking for a job and also looking for a new room to rent for myself. In order to cut down on transportation costs, I was trying to find interviews and houses that I had to look for in close locations so that I would not waste time and cut some transportation costs as well. So, I discovered Grind just around the corner, while I was waiting for the host I was going to meet. I tasted their Latte and pancake at that time and I loved it.
After a few years, I visited their branch in Soho and spent a few hours with my cosy Latte and laptop. Then, their pop-up cocktail bar surprised me after a few hours downstairs. I had the opportunity to taste the wonderful Espresso Martini and am still planning to taste more when I visit them again.
Grind is a brand that I enjoy following with the design and original ideas as well as the quality and delicious coffee varieties, own cocktails they serve and sell at their cafes. I recommend you to follow Grind’s Instagram account, especially if you are interested in different coffee types and coffee related products.
I shared my favorite third wave coffee shops with inspiring concepts, delicious menus and popular branches, which I believe you will not regret visiting when you go to London. I hope you already put them on your to do list 🙂