You can be sure that the barista serving you in the artisan independent coffee shop you found tucked just off the beaten track has a genuine love for their craft. Brewing and serving the finest coffee has become more than just a job, it’s now a lifestyle.

So much care and attention goes into the whole process, from selecting and roasting the beans, to pouring them into your cup, and the passion really sets these independents apart from the franchise giants.

With that in mind, let’s run through 15 of our favourite independent coffee shops you should pop into the next time you’re in need of a caffeine hit (or a quick brunch) in London!

In no particular order:

46b Espresso Hut & Hand Cafe

Where is it?

46b Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA

10-11 Victory Parade, East Village, London, E20 1FS

Why should you visit?

46b is small but mighty. It has only a limited number of seats, but a loyal stream of regulars who sing its praises. Serving coffee the locals rave about, and breads from E5 Bakehouse, it has been so well loved, that in 2016, sister store Hand Cafe opened in Stratford.

Bar Termini

Where is it?

7 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JE

Why should you visit?

Bar Termini is half coffee shop, half cocktail bar. With an air of vintage class and style, this venue is rather small, so only seats 25, but it’s well worth booking of an evening to make sure you can squeeze in. During the day, it’s a brilliant place to sit and take a break from busy Soho.

Brickwood

Where is it?

11 Hildreth Street, Balham, SW12 9RQ

16 Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AB

21 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SN

Why should you visit?

With cafes in Clapham, Balham, and Tooting, and scooping all manner of awards, Brickwood serve up Oz inspired coffee and brunch. The cafes themselves are extremely stylish, and we think that having dedicated hot desks and plug sockets at every table is extremely thoughtful of them.

Brooklyn Coffee

Where is it?

139 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ

Why should you visit?

If you love hanging out in minimalist spaces, you need to pop into Brooklyn for a brew. This coffee shop opened in 2014, and in that time the mindfulness applied to the design of the interior has also really shone through their impeccable service. Oh, and they also sell wine.

Climpson and Sons

Where is it?

67 Broadway Market, E8 4PH

Why should you visit?

Climpson and Sons have been going since 2002, and what began as a coffee cart on Broadway Market soon expanded to much more. Sourcing and roasting the finest coffee at their dedicated roastery, serving it to the public from their Broadway Market coffee shop (and their cart, which you can still visit on Saturdays) providing barista training, and even hosting chef residencies! Impressive stuff.

Flotsam & Jetsam

Where is it?

4 Bellevue Parade, Wandsworth, SW17 7EQ

Why should you visit?

A small coffee shop and cafe serving an all day brunch menu whose offerings change regularly depending on what local produce is in season, Flotsam & Jetsam are well worth a visit if you love good coffee and good food! And if you want to learn a little more about what goes into your cup, they offer a barista basics course!

Four Corners

Where is it?

12 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RJ

Why should you visit?

A place for your dreams, schemes, and day dreams, Four Corners is a wonderfully quirky travel cafe. They have a table made out of Lego, and you’re sure to spot some coffee puns. Pop in for coffee, or even a gin, and plan your next adventure.

Ground Coffee Society

Where is it?

79 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1ET

Why should you visit?

Fair trade, ethically sourced coffee roasting is what you can expect from the Ground Coffee Society. What originally started as a drum shop that also served coffee, became so popular that eventually the drums had to be dropped to allow founder Dave to concentrate on the caffeine.

HER Cafe

Where is it?

Unit C, 13 Downham Road, N1 5AA

Why should you visit?

Haggerston Espresso Room was opened by First Sukpaiboon, who not only knows a lot about coffee, but is also a trained architect. As a result, the space is an inspiring place to hang out! In 2016 HER Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate was launched, which means you can enjoy it at home, in the workplace, or as a pre-workout!

Kaffeine

Where is it?

15 Eastcastle Street, W1T 3AY

66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QJ

Why should you visit?

Australian style café Kaffeine first opened on Great Titchfield Street in 2009, and since then has delighted patrons so much with their careful attention to detail and high standards that they opened up a second shop on Eastcastle Street in 2015! Each location has a slightly different feel, but both are stylishly decorated and inviting.

Kin Cafe

Where is it?

22 Foley Street, W1W 6DT

Why should you visit?

Kin brew specialty coffee and tea, as well as serving up an offering of vegan and vegetarian dishes. But what really sets Kin apart is their mission to be ethically and socially responsible. The cafe itself is a clean and calm environment, the perfect place to unwind with a freshly brewed coffee!

Sawyer & Gray

Where is it?

290 Saint Paul’s Road, Islington, N1 2LH

Why should you visit?

Sawyer & Gray was an exciting discovery. An espresso room and eatery with interiors so rustic and stylish that you almost wish you lived there, expertly brewed Climpsons and guest coffee beans, and an ever changing menu of food that looks a bit like healthy art.

Look Mum No Hands!

Where is it?

49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX

101 Back Church Lane, E1 1LU

Why should you visit?

LMNH is a coffee shop, a bar, an exhibition space, and… a bicycle workshop! They serve up local coffees, craft beers, and cakes, as well as freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches and dinners. But if you’re at all into cycling, they also fix up bikes and fully embrace cycle culture. They have also opened up a second cafe, and have seasonal pop ups, but if it’s a puncture you need repairing, you’ll want to head to Old Street.

Tried & True

Where is it?

279 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 6SP

Why should you visit?

The brilliance of Kiwi cafe culture strikes again, with Tried & True bringing a modern, clean aesthetic to Putney, with a focus on serving the best coffee and food. Their Square Mile coffees are paired with an award winning menu of innovative brunch options. If you like the sound of pulled pork benedict, you need to pop in and try it!

Trade

Where is it?

47 Commercial Street, E1 6BD 

Why should you visit?

Nestled in Spitalfields, surrounded by textile wholesalers, Trade is an independent coffee shop and sandwich bar which scooped a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence in 2016 for its high quality offerings. Supplies are sourced from ethical suppliers, and most of the products are made themselves.