The capital’s top coffee haunts

MasterChef finalist and food writer Alex Rushmer finds that there’s something brewing on the streets of London, as established coffee bars vie with younger caffeine-purveyors. Here are Alex’s top-tip sips…

The capital’s top coffee haunts

Bar Italia

, 22 Frith Street, W1

A bona fide London icon, this small Soho café has been serving espresso at all hours of the day and night since the 1940s. Go as much for the atmosphere as the coffee and linger for a little longer than is strictly necessary.

Monmouth Coffee Company

, 2 Park Street, SE1

On the outer rim of Borough Market, Monmouth is a pioneer in the recent fashion for filter coffees. Expect to see more and more ‘filter bars’ popping up, offering a variety of more nuanced coffees. A great place to start a trip around the capital’s famous market. 

Nude Espresso

, 26 Hanbury Street, E1

Now with it very own roastery, Nude Espresso offers one of the widest choices of coffee in the capital as well as a great selection of home-made sweet and savoury snacks. These guys really know their beans.

Prufrock Coffee

, 140 Shoreditch High Street, E1

Coffee-making as a competitive sport? You’d better believe it, and the brains behind Prufrock Coffee is none other than Gwilym Davies, World Barista Champion 2009. Davies is at the forefront of coffee’s ‘Third Wave’ – a movement to raise awareness of coffee as a hand-made product, focusing as much on provenance as wine-making does – and he brews a damn fine cup.

Dose Espresso

, 69-70 Long Lane, EC1

Dose prides itself on creating excellent ethically and sustainably sourced coffee from Square Mile Coffee Roasters. Commitment goes beyond the beans, though – milk is organic, packaging is recycled and they plan to turn spent grounds into fertiliser. The perfect choice if you want to enjoy a warm glow with your cup of Joe.

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