Written/Photographed By: Elle Lee
Whether you grew to love the taste and intense flavor, or simply needed to stay up just that much longer for the homework you forgot about, a cup of joe is often times just what you need. There is a variety of ways to enjoy it catered towards the individual and her preferences: filter coffee, plain espresso, cappuccino or latte. My personal favorite is a flat white.
Coffee in London can be found at about every corner, ranging from solo stores to the most popular chains. Some are just minutes of a walk from school and others a few stops on the tube. In no particular order, here are 10 local cafes to check out while at NYU London.
- Bloomsbury Coffee House: Bloomsbury Coffee House has a picturesque quaintness. I could imagine creative minds like Virginia Woolf getting their start here. It is a lovely cafe with homemade pastries, lunch options and fresh coffee.
- Notes: Notes is a beautiful coffee shop with massive wooden tables. Though it can be noisy and lacks strong wifi, you can’t go wrong with a slice of their banana bread and a drink to pair it with.
- Timberyard: Timberyard has an amazing work environment and delicious everything. Their flat white is scrumptious, and the cafe itself tends to be completely packed with people who are there to get work done.
- Redemption Roastery, Knockbox: Lamb’s Conduit street is amazing for pubs and coffee shops. I loved the flat white, the music, the minimalist interior. It was better, in my opinion, than Knockbox, a coffee house right down the street. However, Knockbox is also a cute place with good tea and pastries, and it has outdoor seating for sunnier days.
- Store St. Espresso: Store Street is a great place near the Academic center with amazing tea and coffee, but I personally would not recommend their matcha latte.
- Crosstown Doughnuts:This is for a person who likes dessert with their coffee. I had a latte and it was tiny, but it was a kicker. It paired quite well with the selection of doughnuts they sell.
- Holborn Grind (Grind chain): This is a cool group of coffee shops named after their location. They play hiphop music, so it’s definitely not a good study environment but a great hang out spot. It serves delicious iced lattes and serves alcohol (an espresso martini I have yet to try).
- Moreish Cafe and Deli: Moreish cafe and deli is cozy and casual for people that don’t love the pretentiousness that comes with certain coffee shop experiences. It has cool art inside, a delicious ham and swiss croissant that beats Starbucks, and foamy lattes. It also has an abundance of vegan and gluten free options. It is situated right behind the Brunswick Center.
- Gail’s: Gail’s is a convenient spot right across from NYU London. Though my experiences have been varied, they serve a selection of delectable pastries and coffees. Lastly,
- Popular Chains: Pret a Manger, Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, StarbucksThere’s nothing wrong with enjoying your Pret or Starbucks. It’s actually very nice to rely on these stores for wifi, constant quality food and service.
I wanted to pick out the most convenient places for an NYU student to try. So if you’re in the mood for coffee, start with these. Follow @ellereviews for food reviews in different cities (including my time in London).