The Best Places To Grab A Cup Of Joe

Photo: Courtesy of Sharps Coffee Bar By Dunnefrankowski.
London's love affair with coffee goes way back. In the 17th century, the city was awash with coffeehouses filled with citizens debating the topics of the day. Today, the capital is not so different, although there are fewer cases of scurvy, and women are now allowed on the premises — rejoice!
To honor this cherished tradition, we rounded up the caffeine joints worth using a travel card to reach. Whatever your poison, there's a java store serving up the perfect cup. So, put down that mug of instant and make a beeline to the cafés, delis, and espresso bars giving Londoners the shakes for all the right reasons. Click ahead to see what's brewing.
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Photo: Courtesy of Taylor St Baristas Mayfair.
Taylor St Baristas Mayfair
The next time you hit Oxford Circus for a shopping trip, get your coffee fix at nearby Taylor St Baristas' Mayfair branch. This bijou café offers a fantastic array of coffee blends from around the world. Sip an espresso and soak in the sun on the reclaimed church pews outside — heavenly.

Taylor St Baristas Mayfair, 22 Brooks Mews, London, W1K 4DY; +44 (0) 207 629 3163.

Fitzrovia is a fantastic place to explore on the weekend. It houses some of the city's best charity shops, and Lantana is the café everyone visits to replenish their energy levels with coffee and freshly cooked eggs. Don't be put off by the queues (Lantana doesn't accept bookings); a table outside is well worth the wait.

Lantana, 13 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1SN; +44 (0) 207 637 3347;
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Photo: Courtesy of Rosie's Deli Café.
Rosie's Deli Café
For more than 10 years, Rosie's Deli Café has been charming the inhabitants of Brixton with its eclectic blend of homemade cakes, pies, salads, and sandwiches. Its breakfast options are pretty wonderful, too, as are the flat whites, which are as smooth as they are potent.

Rosie's Deli Café, 14e Market Row, London, SW9 8LD; +44 (0) 207 733 0034.

The Waiting Room
We like to head to Deptford on a Saturday to see what its diverse open-air market has to offer. A pit stop at veggie café, The Waiting Room, is essential for mustering enough energy to sift through the ephemera on sale. Its flat white is one of our favourites in the city.

The Waiting Room, 142 Deptford High Street, London, SE8 3PQ.
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Photo: Courtesy of Shoreditch Grind.
Shoreditch Grind
Shoreditch Grind is an espresso bar by day and a cocktail bar by night. Oh, and it's a recording studio, too. Its house coffee blend is created exclusively for the venue, and its super-convenient location next to Old Street station means it's almost too easy to pop in for a takeout cup.

Shoreditch Grind, 213 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NR; +44 (0) 207 490 7490.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sharps Coffee Bar By Dunnefrankowski.
Sharps Coffee Bar By Dunnefrankowski
Creative coffee consultancy, Dunnefrankowski, joined forces with Sharps Barber and Shop to create a different kind of java joint. Now, you can you get your beard trimmed and enjoy an AeroPress coffee at the same time. The fare on offer depends on which foodie business the company is currently working with, but it's always delicious.

Sharps Coffee Bar by Dunnefrankowski, 9 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JF; +44 (0) 793 957 2957.
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Photo: Courtesy of Workshop Coffee Co.
Workshop Coffee Co.
It's such a pleasure to hang out at Workshop Coffee Co., you may end up wanting to have all your meals there. The company prides itself on sourcing its beans from the world's best growers, producers and exporters, and it shows in the brand's simple, yet effective, menu of beverages.

Workshop Coffee, 27 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RN; +44 (0) 207 253 5754.

Exmouth Coffee Company
Near Brick Lane is the Exmouth Coffee Company. For 364 days of the year, the store serves some of the finest coffee and foodie treats we've experienced in the East End. It's where we head for a flat white after hitting the shopping delights of Cheshire Street.

Exmouth Coffee Company, 83 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX; +44 (0) 207 377 1010.

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