FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops
Protein by Dunne Frankowski is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

1. Protein by Dunne Frankowski

18 Hewett St (at Curtain Rd), London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Hackney · 19 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A coffee concept store from two of the men who know best, Rob Dunne and Vic Frankowski. The coffee is robust and you drink it standing at the bar. Read more.

Ozone Coffee Roasters is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

2. Ozone Coffee Roasters

9.3
11 Leonard St, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Shoreditch · 344 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: This New Zealand newcomer launched its first London roastery and café in Shoreditch a month ago. A huge space and a vast range of breakfast options. Read more.

Merito Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

3. Merito Coffee

64 Broadway Market (Dericote Street), Hackney, Greater London
Coffee Shop · London Fields · 4 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Unless you’re a coffee connoisseur, it’s best to ask the baristas for advice as the offering here is enormous. Read more.

Prufrock Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

4. Prufrock Coffee

Present (140 Shoreditch High St.), Shoreditch, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Shoreditch · 8 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Espresso-based coffees are served in little illustrated paper cups and there is a tasting notes chart on the wall to help you describe what you’re drinking. Read more.

Foxcroft & Ginger is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

5. Foxcroft & Ginger

3 Berwick St, Soho, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Soho, London, Greater London · 151 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: You might sit on an old gym horse to drink yours but it’s served in floral print china cups and arrives prompt-ish (if you don’t get the new barista). Read more.

Notes Music & Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

6. Notes Music & Coffee

8.7
31 St Martins Ln, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · City of Westminster · 144 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Aside from the espresso menu, there’s also a special brew bar here, you can also buy music and DVDs and there’s a private room at the back which you can rent. Read more.

Climpson & Sons is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

7. Climpson & Sons

8.8
67 Broadway Market, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · London Fields · 88 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: The roastery just around the corner provides coffee for shops all over London but you can sit in with toast and one of their fresh espresso blends with some then buy some beans to use at home. Read more.

Exmouth Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

8. Exmouth Coffee

9.2
83 Whitechapel High St, Aldgate, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 126 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Still finding its feet having opened a month ago but the flat white we tried was strong and smooth and the brownies nutty. The beans are also roasted in house. Read more.

Allpress Espresso Bar is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

9. Allpress Espresso Bar

8.6
58 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Tower Hamlets · 126 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A clean, well-run operation that has folk in from all over London trying out the coffee menu — all roasted and blended on site. Read more.

Fernandez & Wells is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

10. Fernandez & Wells

73 Beak St (at Great Pulteney St), Soho, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 74 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Come here for a toasted ham sandwich and a cortado — both made with extra care. Read more.

Sacred Café is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

11. Sacred Café

8.1
13 Ganton St (Carnaby St), Soho, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 115 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Hidden at the back of Stanfords travel bookshop. Earthy tasting coffee made using its own Sacred House Roast beans. Read more.

Full Stop is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

12. Full Stop

202 Brick Ln, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Tower Hamlets · 56 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: They bake their own cakes, make their own sandwiches and in the six months it has been open, the coffee has been consistently brilliant. Read more.

Monmouth Coffee Company is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

13. Monmouth Coffee Company

9.3
27 Monmouth St, Holborn and Covent Garden, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 367 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Constantly jammed but good fun — if you can get a seat. Otherwise, perch with a delicious pastry on the bench outside. Read more.

Federation Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

14. Federation Coffee

8.7
Unit 77-78, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln. (Atlantic Rd.), Brixton, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 73 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Tiny with friendly staff, plates of cakes and coffee roasted and blended nearby — the kind of place you wish you lived next to. Read more.

Nude Espresso is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

15. Nude Espresso

8.8
26 Hanbury St, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Spitalfields and Banglatown · 196 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Nude’s beans are roasted and blended at this little gem — they also provide coffee for 10 Greek Street restaurant — and, if you need advice, the baristas really know what they’re talking about. Read more.

Bar Italia is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

16. Bar Italia

8.6
22 Frith St (at Old Compton St), Soho, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Soho, London, Greater London · 109 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A Soho stalwart open all hours of the day and night. Go here to pick up stories and people watch. Read more.

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

17. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

9.2
14-16 Leather Ln, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Holborn and Covent Garden · 173 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Wooden boards filled with cakes, lots of space to chill out and plenty of smiling staff. Great coffee, obviously. Read more.

Melrose & Morgan is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

18. Melrose & Morgan

8.2
42 Gloucester Av (Primrose Hill), London, Greater London
Grocery Store · Primrose Hill · 17 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Has a faithful north London following each morning who come for the quick espressos and fresh food including the epic chocolate tart. Read more.

Damson Cafe is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

19. Damson Cafe

64 St Giles High St (at New Compton St), Greater London, Greater London
Café · Holborn and Covent Garden · 24 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A new cutesy corner cafe with illustrations on the walls, a basic but bright and seating space and carefully brewed cortados and cappuccinos. Read more.

Caffettino is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

20. Caffettino

8.7
230-232 Battersea Park Rd., Battersea, Greater London
Café · 20 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Very comfortable little spot opened by an Italian family about a year ago. Chat to them, the resident bloggers or whoever you come across over a silky flat white. Read more.

Tomtom Coffee House is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

21. Tomtom Coffee House

6.5
114 Ebury St, Victoria, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Knightsbridge and Belgravia · 37 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A good range of high quality coffee made well in a kitchen-style cafe. The prices are a little steep but it’s a quiet, quaint place worth noting. Read more.

Lantana Cafe is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

22. Lantana Cafe

9.1
13 Charlotte Pl (at Goodge St), Fitzrovia, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Fitzrovia · 186 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: As with most Australian coffee stops here, this is laid back and welcoming. The beans are Guatemalan, Brazilian and Ethipoian and the flat whites are always good. Read more.

Brew is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

23. Brew

7.1
45 Northcote Rd, Wandsworth, Greater London
Café · Northcote · 38 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A flat white is the thing to get here and you can drink it under a blanket. Go when you’re hungover and combine it with brunch. Read more.

Kaffeine is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

24. Kaffeine

9.3
66 Great Titchfield St, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · West End · 255 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A low lit independent café selling Square Mile coffee and long lines of cakes – to long lines of people. Read more.

Taylor St Baristas is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

25. Taylor St Baristas

8.7
125 Old Broad St, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Walbrook · 91 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A bustling joint that sets the standard for all coffee houses in London for its ability to serve excellent coffee to vast swathes of City workers every day. Read more.

Scooter Caffè is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

26. Scooter Caffè

8.9
132 Lower Marsh (Leake St), Waterloo, Greater London
Bar · 100 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: During the day, cappuccino and cakes are served to those in the know. At night, Scootercaffé transforms into a lovely bar serving beers and cocktails in an area lacking in good watering holes. Read more.

Bean About Town is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

27. Bean About Town

St Katherine Docks, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · St. Katharine's and Wapping · 4 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Somehow these manage always to be open when it’s raining so just when you need warming up, a cup of strong espresso will land in your hand. Read more.

Flat White is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

28. Flat White

8.8
17 Berwick St (near Broadwick St), London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Soho · 197 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Sister bars and both Aussie imports using a Square Mile roast. hard wooden benches and slow service but consistent quality of coffee. Read more.

Cable Bar & Cafe is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

29. Cable Bar & Cafe

9.2
8 Brixton Rd (near Prima Rd), Kennington, Greater London
Café · London · 29 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: This has created the kind of café culture where there was none. Open in evenings (they also have an alcohol license), but the main business is during the day where the folk with laptops hang out. Read more.

Wild & Wood Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

30. Wild & Wood Coffee

8.7
47 London Wall, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · City of London · 96 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: The tiniest of places – so small it seems like the coffee might come out of the wooden walls. Sneak into a small cranny with a long coffee. Read more.

Tina, We Salute You is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

31. Tina, We Salute You

9.0
47 King Henry's Walk (Queen Margaret's Grove), Dalston, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 86 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: It’s always, always busy but if you can’t sit, it’s worth popping in just to grab a coffee and a cake and check out the wall art which changes every month. Read more.

National Theatre Espresso Bar is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

32. National Theatre Espresso Bar

7.5
National Theatre (South Bank), London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · London · 18 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Not for sitting around in for hours but a good spot for a quick one if you know you need to stay awake before a show. Read more.

33. Le Club Cafe

Café · Queen's Gate · 2 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Chaotic atmosphere but reliably potent coffee. Read more.

Black Vanilla is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

34. Black Vanilla

7.6
32 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, Greater London
Café · Blackheath · 15 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Spectacular gelateria with Allpress coffee and freshly baked cakes. Read more.

Ginger and White is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

35. Ginger and White

8.7
5 Perrin's Ct (Off Hampstead High St), Hampstead, Greater London
Café · Hampstead Town · 65 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: They use Square Mile beans and they hate anything overly milky. Here it comes rich and full bodied and you should chase it with a slice of lemon drizzle cake. Read more.

Coffee Plant is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

36. Coffee Plant

7.4
180 Portobello Rd, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Kensington and Chelsea · 62 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Been here forever but now has a huge range of organic and Fairtrade coffees to buy inside and the cake selection is superb. Read more.

Workshop Coffee Co. is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

37. Workshop Coffee Co.

9.0
27 Clerkenwell Rd (at St John St), London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Clerkenwell · 264 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Warm and buzzing but don’t expect to get served quickly – they’ll make the coffee when the coffee wants to be made. Eat lemon polenta cake while you wait. Read more.

St David Coffee House is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

38. St David Coffee House

9.1
5 David's Rd, Forest Hill, Greater London
Café · 28 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A hectic little place with a book exchange, Square Mile coffee served in mismatched vintage china cups and fresh and reasonably priced salads. Read more.

Long White Cloud is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

39. Long White Cloud

8.0
151 Hackney Rd., Hoxton, Greater London
Café · 36 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Monmouth coffee, art to buy from all over the walls, crunchy biscotti and hearty organic muesli. Read more.

Browns Of Brockley is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

40. Browns Of Brockley

8.7
5 Coulgate St (opp Brockley Common), Brockley, Greater London
Coffee Shop · 54 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Very cheery staff who make delicious Square Mile coffee and could talk all day. Read more.

The Roastery is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

41. The Roastery

8.6
789 Wandsworth Rd, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Clapham Town · 21 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A Kiwi-run café where the barista waiters will ask you how you like yours when you order. Expect to wait a wee while, but the Eggs Benedict is a perfect accompaniment. Read more.

TAP Coffee is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

42. TAP Coffee

9.2
26 Rathbone Pl (Percy St), Fitzrovia, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Fitzrovia · 144 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: The coffee is strong and so is its fan base. People come to this original rustic Fitzrovia hideaway to hang out and talk about their favourite drink. Read more.

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

43. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

8.8
3 Lowndes Ct (Carnaby St), London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Soho · 161 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: For somewhere to rest after shopping on Carnaby Street, the downstairs brew bar is your place. It offers coffee from all over but the latest offering is a special blend by Has Bean. Read more.

E5 Bakehouse is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

44. E5 Bakehouse

9.4
Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London, Greater London
Bakery · London Fields · 90 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Coffee roasted by Nude around the corner and sourdough bread to die for. Read more.

The Espresso Room is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

45. The Espresso Room

9.0
31-35 Great Ormond St., London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Holborn and Covent Garden · 59 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A closet-sized hub worth going to for fresh bread and espresso – made using Square Mile coffee. Read more.

Caravan is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

46. Caravan

9.2
11 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Clerkenwell · 233 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: A lively spot with coffee roasted downstairs and excellent baked eggs for brunch. Read more.

Princi is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

47. Princi

9.1
135 Wardour St, Soho, Greater London
Bakery · 496 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: The baristas make it look effortless but the coffee is first rate, reaching the right balance of flavour without the bitterness. Read more.

look mum no hands! is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

48. look mum no hands!

9.3
49 Old St, London, Greater London
Bike Shop · Islington · 214 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: If you're after something healthy, this trendy cafe-bar boasts an array of salads and specials that change daily depending on the season. If not, best opt for their now-famous Guinness cake. Read more.

Shoreditch Grind is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

49. Shoreditch Grind

8.9
213 Old Street Roundabout, London, Greater London
Coffee Shop · Islington · 250 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: Excellent paninis and coffee roasted in house and taken huge trouble over. Read more.

The Counter Cafe & Roastery is one of FIFTY BEST: Independent coffee shops.

50. The Counter Cafe & Roastery

7 Roach Rd (Stour Space), Greater London, Greater London
Café · Tower Hamlets · 118 tips and reviews

Evening StandardEvening Standard: The eggs benedict are consistently delicious as are its variations – smoked salmon on potato cakes instead of muffins and hollandaise. They also do one of the best flat whites in London. Read more.