Prufrock Coffee

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Rob Greig
Prufrock Coffee

A comfortable room featuring some of the best coffee in London, both espresso-based and filter.

This big, comfortable room doesn’t seem to alter much from year to year, and that’s fine with us. It does change during the week: most customers are a bit hurried from Monday to Friday, but everyone is very relaxed at the weekend. You never know who’s going to be here from one visit to the next, as the clientele is so pleasantly varied; you’re as likely to see a family with young kids as EC-sophisticates or office workers.

There’s not much to say about the coffee except that it’s as good as it’s always been – and that means very good indeed, some of the best in London. Espresso is perfect, and guest beans slow-brewed in an Aeropress are always of excellent quality. There’s a small selection of daily dishes chalked on a blackboard, and sandwiches and baked things on the counter. Whenever you visit, expect to be very well looked after.

Note: This was the second branch of Prufrock. The first, in Shoreditch, has closed down. The Time Out Food and Drink Team.


Venue name: Prufrock Coffee
Address: 23-25 Leather Lane
Opening hours: Open 8am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane
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Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:8
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Brilliant coffee, staff, food and vibe. One of the best places for a coffee hit in town

James Cole
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My favorite place in London. Nice to have a coffee shop that looks and feels different to all the others in town, not another flat white carbon copy. They also have a training centre where they do latte art courses!! Yummy coffee too :)

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Prufrock is my fave place for coffee. My first siphon coffee prepared by Bek Freeman was pretty exciting stuff but the espresso bar staff produce the best lattes I've ever had. Everyone there is so friendly and knowledgable. A wonderful place to spend a few hours with a book and a piece of banana bread.

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If you are serious about coffee and only coffee, then this is the top destination in London - the bar has been set. Well done Gwylim and the boys

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Just discovered this place over lunch - excellent coffee, friendly service and great vibe. Have to say that the Australian accents of the baristas gave me immediate confidence in the quality of the coffee - is this strange? As mentioned, the shop is a "work in progress", with a number of other aspects (namely food and tea selections) still to be finalised, but I do have a feeling that once this is fully functional, it is going to be a regular hang-out of mine. So happy that Prufrock has taken up residence in Leather Lane.


Nice coffee watching the hustle and bustle of the Leather Lane


overpriced bad coffee. The beans were burnt and had a very sour taste. really should start by learning to make coffee instead of being trendy.


Decent coffee, slow oh so slow and proud of it. The coffee was ok, but you can only live so long on your reputation.

Luke Timms

Nice layout and ambience, friendly staff, lovely coffee. Nice explanations of the coffee choices and stuff they have for sale. The food is also nice, which I didn't expect! They also train coffee making downstairs! This is now on my must visit when in London list.


Had the siphon coffee experience at Prufrock. However, I wanted to like this place, and its coffee, more than I did. Perhaps my palate is not so refined but I prefer other venues in town e.g. The Espresso Room.