Best coffee shops in Central London

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For obvious reasons, Central London is the busiest area of the city. Businessmen, workers and tourists roam daily in its streets, offices and museums. For their breaks they rely on coffee shops, which are numerous and of good quality.

Here’s my list of the best coffee shops in Central London

Workshop Coffee (Marylebone branch)

Tucked away from one of the most chaotic street of London, there’s Marylebone Coffeebar. Workshop coffee is my favourite coffee chain as regards quality in relation to the quantity of the current coffee shops open. The more shops, the more complicated to maintain high standards. But that’s exactly what Workshop Coffee does well with a well-structured company, focused on sourcing and roasting the green beans into a delicious medium-to-light roast profile. The shop is situated in Barrett Street, inside Christopher’s Place, a few steps away from Oxford Street. I visited the shop a couple of weeks ago. I asked for an espresso and the lovely lady suggested me “mitad del mundo”, an Ecuadorian coffee. The coffee was extremely balanced between the high sweetness and the bitter cocoa finish. Quite boozy with notes of blackberry and cocoa nibs with a short and clean finish.

Origin coffee (Euston Road branch)

Just outside of the British Library, there’s one of Origin coffee shop. The shop is located in Euston Road, a couple of minutes away from King’s Cross Station. It has been opening for almost three years in collaboration with the British Library. I went there recently for breakfast and, of course, coffee. I have been told that King’s Cross area has got pretty good water, much softer than most of the areas of London. I decided to go for “El Tablón”, a washed Colombian. The coffee tasted bloody orange with a low acidity, an elegant body with a medium and sweet finish. The coffee was truly sweet, it felt like I was drinking a juice. At the end I asked at the guy behind the bar and he told me that I was right. He explained me that the water of London is really hard and differs from an area to another one. I couldn’t agree more with him. I tasted the same coffee about a week earlier in the Shoreditch branch, and the coffee differs considerably. This remind me even more and more about how much impact the water has on the coffee taste.

Prufrock coffee

Situated in Fetter Lane, there’s Prufrock Coffee. The company opened its shop in 2009, becoming one of the most frequented coffee shop of the whole city. It’s without any doubt one of my top three coffee shops in London. The cafè always rotates its coffee serving two different ones in the hopper and other three ones as filter coffee. The company serves some of the best coffees from multiple roasters across the world such as La Cabra Coffee Roasters, Tim Weldenboe, The Coffee Collective, Five Elephant, The Barn, Koppi, Drop Coffee Roasters and Wood and Co Coffee Roasters. A few days ago I went in and being served with Nkonge as a filter coffee, a washed Burundi from La Cabra Coffee Roasters. The aroma had a predominance of berries like blackberries. The body was gooseberry-like but also rounded with a lingering finish like herbal tea-like finish.
This is the first part of my list of some of the best coffee shops in Central London. What about yours? Please comment below if you want to share your ideas.
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  1. I agree with you on Origin. It’s a fabulous cafe with very knowledgeable staff. Their expertise truly shows. Have you tried Omotesando Koffee? I’ve heard good things but have yet to try it.

    • It’s a great experience, I love it! It’s a tiny coffee shop with minimal decor. The staff is also super friendly so it’s definitely a shop to visit.

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