Londoner’s choice‘ is a spontaneous column by selected authors, who share a unique perspective towards culture, art and lifestyle about London.

Today’s column is about cafes in London. Let’s welcome today’s author– Dahye who grows up in London suburb and currently studies graphic design at UAL, in central London. Apart from being a full-time creative, she’s so addicted to coffee that she works part-time at one of the great cafes in London, Monocle Cafe. Let’s start the story and pick one of the cafes on the list as kickstarting your coffee soul.


If you want it black, with almond milk, decaf or a lot of sugar, thereʼs a coffee drink for everyone. A drink that can be so individual brings so many people together in well-designed spaces and having worked as a barista, I deeply admire the relationships and conversations I have with customers. To make one cup of coffee involves a minimum of sixty people, from the coffee bean farmer right up to the cafe staff. I think thatʼs what makes the speciality coffee culture so special in London; the appreciation of the many people who work together to create your coffee.

I didnʼt use to drink coffee, complaining that it was too bitter or expensive. Within the last few years, Iʼve discovered the beauty of speciality coffee in London, from the cups used to the interiors, combining my interest in lifestyle and spatial design. Coffee really goes past a simple commodity to get that caffeine rush but should be celebrated, with countries at large and individuals having their own coffee drinking habits and methods. Testing my taste buds, trying to recognise flavour profiles by country and region, exploring with new ways of brewing and cafe interiors all help me delve further into my deep interest into culture.

1. Rosslyn

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30-17:00
Sat 9:00-16:00
Sun Closed

Roaster: Changing guest roasters
Seating: Mostly standing only, few bar stools
Food: Pastries
Service: Order at counter
Wifi: No
Loyalty card: Yes
Toilets: No

Using eco-friendly Huskee cups and handmade Melisa Dora cups, the friendliest people at Rosslyn take immense pride in their coffee, ensuring every cup tastes perfect as well as being photo perfect. I honestly havenʼt seen an ugly cup here no matter what the milk alternative is. Make sure you try whatever theyʼre offering on filter for the day and maybe a pastry supplied from Pophams. Youʼll find the place fairly packed mid-morning with City workers, and thereʼs not much in the way of seating – or wifi – but does that matter when the coffee is one of the best in London?

2. Monocle

Opening Hours
Mon-Wed 7:00-19:00
Thu-Fri 7:00-20:00
Sat 8:00-20:00
Sun 8:00-19:00

Roaster: Allpress
Seating: Bar, backroom, large tables downstairs
Food: All day menu, pastries from Fabrique, desserts from Lanka
Service: Order at counter
Wifi: No
Loyalty card: Yes
Toilets: Yes

A testament to the magazine, the intricate details throughout the cafe are a sentiment to Scandi and Japanese culture: the free chocolate with your drink, bidet in the bathroom and hooks for your bag underneath bar tables. A space for both locals and tourists, thereʼs no wifi so youʼll find people here talking and sharing on a cinnamon bun from Fabrique – the Swedish bakery that probably needs no introduction. No reservations are taken here, so you might be fighting
for a table (or a bar seat) even on the weekdays but like the staff, the customers are friendly, so flick through the latest issue of Monocle while you wait. The only worry youʼll have here is the dilemma of whether to get the chicken or prawn katsu sandwich. (spoiler: both will be worth the venture to the heart of Marylebone.)

3. Omotesando

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30-18:00
Sat-Sun 9:00-17:00

Roaster: Assembly
Seating: Window bars
Food: Desserts, cakes from Fortitude Bakehouse
Service: Order at counter
Wifi: No
Loyalty card: No
Toilets: No

Tucked away from the bustle of Oxford Street, walking into Omotesandoʼs minimalist affair will probably make you feel like youʼve taken a step into Japan. The wooden interior, weighing scales and completely square ice cubes are signs of the precision and attention to detail definitive of Japanese hospitality. With eleven bar seats, it’s not an exaggeration when I say this is a narrow space but the serenity of Omotesando makes you temporarily forget about the chaos on Oxford Street. They now offer a selection of sourdough fermented cakes from Fortitude Bakehouse, as well as their play on the classic canelé Kashi – from the Japanese word okashi meaning sweets.

4. Roasting Plant

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:00-19:00
Sat 9:00-18:30
Sun 10:00-18:00

Roaster: Roasting Plant
Seating: Tables, bar seats
Food: Simple all day menu (salads, open sandwiches…), pastries/cakes
Service: Order at counter
Wifi: Yes
Loyalty card: Yes
Toilets: Yes

Just Roasted. Just Brewed. Just for You. – are the first words on Roasting Plantʼs website.

This cafe literally on London Bridge fires unroasted coffee beans at pressure through plastic tubes, to a roaster, storage tubes, and then into super-automatic machines. As a customer, you can choose which blend you want from a variety of single-origin beans. This system called Javabotʼ is one of a kind here in London, and it felt surprisingly exciting to be able to pick my beans and see them literally fly over your head. Itʼs a nice reminder of the importance of freshly roasted coffee even before the role of barista for that perfect cup.

5. Ozone Coffee Roasters

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:00-22:00
Sat-Sun 8:30-17:30

Address: 11 Leonard St, Old Street, London EC2A 4AQ
Roaster : Ozone
Seating : Window, bar, communal table, booths
Food : All day, brunch, lunch, evening and pastries/cakes
Service : Table service
Wifi : Yes
Loyalty card : Yes
Toilets : Yes

Whether its breakfast, lunch, dinner or just coffee, Ozone has got you covered. Founded in New Zealand, you can expect the best hospitality here even when itʼs brimming – which is pretty much all day, every day. The open kitchen and roastery downstairs is what defines Ozone as a gem in Shoreditch. Despite the large, warehouse like location, youʼll find yourself feeling welcomed every time you come back. If you havenʼt been yet, youʼll be wondering why you didnʼt visit sooner, whether it been for the wagyu beef burger or scrambled tofu.

6. Origin Coffee Roasters – Southwark


Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30-18:00
Sat 9:00-17:30
Sun 10:00-17:30

Address: 84 Scoresby St, London SE1 0XN (Southwark)
Other locations:
– 65 Charlotte Rd, EC2A 3PE (Shoreditch)
– 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB (Kings Cross)

Roaster : Origin
Seating : Window, bar, communal table
Food : Breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch and pastries/cakes
Service : Order at counter
Wifi : Yes
Loyalty card : Yes
Toilets : Yes

Relaxed, comfortable and friendly, Origin is currently my favourite cafe in London. With convenient locations all around the city, I havenʼt had a bad coffee here to date thanks to the charming and passionate baristas; there is attention to detail at Origin in all aspects whether it is the comfortable black cups or the rotating salads at Southwark. I highly recommend the cinnamon sumac granola for breakfast. (I had two bowls in one sitting…) Nowadays with more attention being paid to cafe interiors, it is easy to undermine the importance of coffee production and sustainability. However, Origin are proud to support direct trade sourcing from farmers as well as handling their own roastery in Cornwall making it more worthwhile the visit.

7. The Watch House – Spitalfields


Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:00-22:00
Sat-Sun 8:30-17:30

Address: 139 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ (Spitalfields)
Other Locations:
– 199 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UW (Bermondsey)
– 37 Shad Thames, SE1 2NJ
– 92 Fetter Ln, EC4A 1EP (Holborn)

Roaster : Ozone
Seating : Booths, downstair tables
Food : Breakfast, lunch, brunch and pastries/cakes
Service : Table service
Wifi : Yes
Loyalty card : Yes
Toilets : Yes

A well crafted, rustic space. Clean white surfaces and the bar full of cakes and sandwiches will greet you on your way in and the Spitalfields branch is one of few cafes that offer strong table service . Itʼs a pleasant touch to have a flavour profile card of the beans used that day. Definitely worth a stop by if youʼre visiting Spitafields Market.

8. Store Street Espresso


Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30-19:00
Sat 9:00-18:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

Address: 40 Store St, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7DB

Roaster : Origin and Square Mile
Seating : Small and large tables upstairs and downstairs
Food : Brunch and pastries/cakes
Service : Order at counter
Wifi : Yes
Loyalty card : Yes
Toilets : Yes

I came here first on a perfect day in the summer, making me fall in love with the clean white interior. The natural light makes Store Street the perfect place to study in and it is also one of the few places that is open a little later than other cafes in the area. I enjoy going back to see the artwork and the hanging plants; itʼs a place that puts you in a good mood with friends or alone.

9. TAB X TAB

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30-19:00
Sat 9:00-18:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

Address: 14-16 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RH
Roaster : Allpress
Seating : Bar, communal, table, smaller tables inside and outside
Food : Full all day menu, lunch, weekend brunch and pastries/cakes
Service : Order at counter
Wifi : Yes
Loyalty card : No
Toilets : Yes

Living in the East means that I rarely venture out to the west side of London – unless itʼs for a visit to TAB. Anyone who has been will agree the space is sophisticated but cozy with every detail paid attention to.

TAB are also the first establishment in the UK to serve and sell beans from BOCCA, a renowned coffee roaster in the Netherlands. Paired with the MAVAM espresso machine and hand shaped KANA cups, you can rely on a good coffee as well as a strong food menu. I highly recommend the aubergine!

10. Allpress Dalston

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30-16:00
Sat-Sun 9:00-16:00

Address: 55 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 2NG
Roaster : Allpress
Seating : Tables inside and outside
Food : Light breakfast/lunch menu, pastries/cakes
Service : Order at counter
Wifi : No
Loyalty card : No
Toilets : Yes

A converted factory with an outdoor garden in the heart of Dalston, the winter sunlight, avocado toast and an oat flat white on a Sunday morning.

This place holds a lot of special memories for me. Coming here first for my coffee training, Allpress was the perfect place for me to start my coffee journey. Tucked away in the north, away from the hustle and bustle of any tube stations, high rise buildings and tourists it is one of the few cafes that I come to when I feel the need to really relax.

Writer: Dahye Khan
Editor: Yun Jung YehMeg ChenWen Chen
Photos: Dahye Khan

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