In just a few short years, London has transformed from a city of sour espresso and stale instant coffee to one of the world’s coffee capitals. Much of it centred in the inner East End, London’s creative heart, with an abundance of great coffee around Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and Brick Lane. To coincide with the London Coffee Festival, which takes place every April in The Old Truman Brewery, which is just a few minutes’ walk from Coventry University London, we thought we’d give you our picks for the best coffee close to campus.
Nude Coffee Roasters
With two of its three locations within five minutes of campus, Nude is a great spot for a dose of caffeine. With its ‘East’ espresso blend roasted in nearby Brick Lane, you can be sure your coffee is made with attention and care. Take your pick between Bell Lane and Spitalfields Market.
Climpson and Sons
An East London staple, Climpson and Sons has been roasting and serving coffee in Hackney for years, with its flagship café in Broadway Market by London Fields. Climpson recently opened up a slick new 360-degree espresso bar in Spitalfields Market. Try their cold brew coffee on tap, or pick up a bag of expertly-roasted single origin beans to make a great cup at home.
Brooklyn Coffee is all clean lines and sharp corners, with a huge slab of concrete for the coffee bar. There isn’t a whole lot of space to sit, facing out into the busy street in Spitalfields, but espresso is expertly extracted and milk steamed perfectly – Brooklyn don’t serve food but offer artisan chocolate from New York to complement your flat white.
Association Coffee offers two slick venues in the City, serving up quality espresso in an industrial-inspired setting with a few London quirks such as banker’s lamps. Head here to enjoy coffee and food from small suppliers and brush shoulders with city workers.
Exmouth Coffee Company
Exmouth Coffee Company reflects the mix of cultures in London, with influences from North Africa. The coffee is roasted in-house, and the range of food for lunch options is enticing. Come to Exmouth for great coffee in a relaxed, arty atmosphere – the café is just next door to Whitechapel Gallery.