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25 of London's Most Buzz-Worthy Coffee Shops

London's coffee shops run the gamut from teeny tiny hole-in-the-wall spots to sprawling landmark locations. What we love about these shops isn't just the latte art, but the people who frequent these beautiful spaces. Coffee culture runs deep in this town and it's easy to spot that as soon as you start asking people for their favorite espresso haunts. From where to get the best biscuits to coffee shops that are run like biker gangs, we've got a little something for every coffee culture type. 

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
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Host Café

London, United Kingdom
Well, this is a first for us. A café set in a 17th century church, Host Café is an incredible space to sit with a coffee and a good book or a good friend.
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Allpress Espresso

London, United Kingdom
Allpress Espresso is a worldwide enterprise that drops coffee knowledge like it’s their business all over the place. But the Hackney location might just be our fave.
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Sauterelle at Royal Exchange Grand Café

London, United Kingdom
Okay, okay. Maybe sometimes bigger may actually be better. In the case of this giant space, we’d say it surely is. The grandiose café at the Royal Exchange is one of those places that stuns every single time you walk in.
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Biscuiteers

London, United Kingdom
This little London hole-in-the-wall is all about the coffee accoutrement. Biscuiteers bakes beautiful fresh biscuits with gorgeous icing designs.
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Syrup of Soot

London, United Kingdom
A Victorian era scene makes Syrup of Soot stand out. The 19th century digs are located just near the British Museum, making it a perfect pit stop if you’re walking around Bloomsbury.
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Grind

London, United Kingdom
Maybe it’s the daily roasting, or maybe it’s the fanfare of Sam Smith, but Grind is hot, hot, hot. With locations all over London, it’s hard to pick a fave as all the spaces are modern, airy and bright.
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Minnow

London, United Kingdom
When your neighborhood joint is this good, why go outside Clapham for coffee? Minnow sits just across from Clapham Commons and offers seasonal menus and fabulous coffees and cocktails.
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TAP Coffee

London, United Kingdom
A Soho fave, Tap Coffee recently joined forces with the crew behind Department of Coffee and Social Affairs and we have a feeling they'll be taking over London in no time at all with their cool coffee hangout hubs.
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AIDA Shoreditch

London, United Kingdom
Marathon shoppers understand the importance of a good cup of caffeinated brew while getting their retail groove on. Maybe all clothing shops should take a page from AIDA’s Shoreditch store and offer up fresh chai, matcha, lattes and more.
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Fernandez & Wells

London, United Kingdom
If an artsy space with soaring ceilings and tons of sunlight is what you're after, Fernandez and Wells Somerset House should be your London coffee shop of choice. This one's an all-day cafe and so much more.
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Morty & Bob’s

London, United Kingdom
Another cool Hackney coffee house and cafe, Morty & Bob's has an urban indoor jungalow feel that makes it a really breezy spot for a catch up over espresso or a meal.
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Royal Exchange Grind

London, United Kingdom
Another fabulous location of Grind, the Royal Exchange outpost is a gorgeously done-up space that offers some of London's best coffee. 
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Press Coffee & Co.

London, United Kingdom
With locations throughout central London, Press Coffee & Co. brings really fresh, really good coffee to the masses. These guys import and roast their own beans from around the world.
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Modern Society London

London, United Kingdom
A minimalist's dream come true, Modern Society offers a coffee menu that you can rattle off in less than a minute. This stunner of a coffee shop is part of the brand's retail store.
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Story Coffee

London, United Kingdom
Quite the little corner hub, Story Coffee serves up strong brew on the daily. Oh, and they serve lots of vegan treats too.
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The Dayrooms Cafe

London, United Kingdom
An Australian style café located in Notting Hill and Holborn, The Dayrooms Café offers delicious food served alongside classic Aussie coffee menus. Plus, the spaces are stunning.
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Ask for Janice

London, United Kingdom
Still don’t know who Janice is, but maybe you can ask on our behalf if you make it to this Farringdon cafe. The coffee’s great, the space is rad and there’s a lengthy list of local gins if you’re hittin’ the hard stuff.
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Monmouth Coffee Covent Garden

London, United Kingdom
Located in Covent Garden, Monmouth Coffee is just the kind of coffee shop you'd expect to find in any London neighborhood. It's charming, it's cozy and the flat whites are always done to the perfect temp.
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Milk Cafe

London, United Kingdom
With breakfast items like buckwheat pancakes with blood orange marmalade, yuzu sake posset, honeycomb and orange blossom caramel, it’s easy to see why Londoners love Milk Cafe
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The Grocery

London, United Kingdom
Head to the East End to check out this light-filled, plant-filled, caffeine-filled shop know as The Grocery. A day of shopping and tea sipping at this spot is guaranteed to be a really good day.
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Sawyer and Gray

London, United Kingdom
I’ll have a piccolo, please. Love the space at Sawyer and Gray with its rustic feel and cozy vibes. Head to Highbury to scout out this London coffee shop.
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Paper & Cup

London, United Kingdom
We're always suckers for coffee shops that are also part book shop, so Paper & Cup is right up our alley. Icing on the cake? All of the sweet treats on offer.
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Dark Arts Coffee Roastery Cafe

London, United Kingdom
Is it a biker gang or is it a coffee shop? We can’t really tell TBH, but they sell coffee that they also roast. And the shop is in Hackney. So, you decide.
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Sans Pere Broadway Market

London, United Kingdom
Love love love the bright and beautiful spaces Sans Pere creates for coffee drinkers. Check out the Broadway Market spot if you’re all about sipping your cappuccino and peeling into your coconut croissant in a pretty pink space.
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The Gentlemen Baristas

London, United Kingdom
Sausage rolls, donuts and really good coffee are the stars of the show at this Southwark cafe and roasting school. And we just love the look of the green storefront of The Gentlemen Baristas.
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