If you’re exploring central over the Christmas break, these are a few of my recent speciality London coffee shops that I’ve visited. Looking at my map of coffee stops, I definitely need to explore a few around Oxford Circus and Soho, so feel free to chuck any recommendations my way!
Nude Espresso: a recent addition to Spitalfields market, this glassy fronted outpost of Nude Espresso was… not my favourite. The space feels just a bit too big and empty, and while I totally get that coffee shops have margins, I didn’t really appreciate the 50p fee for card fees if you’re spending under £5.
Kaffeine: tucked away just north of Oxford Circus, Kaffeine is one of the original speciality coffee shops – and the fact that even 15 minutes after opening at 9am on a Sunday morning there were no seats left is testament to how popular it continues to be. The perfect place to pick up an espresso to fuel you around the sales.
Store Street Espresso: just one street behind the brutalist beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Brunswick Centre, Store Street Espresso is the perfect stop off for coffee and cake. We only stopped in for a coffee, but had we been there at breakfast time their Australian influenced brunch would have been hard to resist.