Go ballistic on the best beans in town as the LCF returns
Returning for 2016, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London's vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. Visitors can learn about the various ways to make and brew coffee at home, taste signature drinks and explore the Milk & Sugar area featuring fashion, design and food events.
After two industry days on April 7-8, the festival kicks off its public events on the evening of April 8 along with an ‘Espresso Martini Launch Party’ (8-10pm). On Sat 9 and Sun 10, tickets are available for three-hour sessions: brunch (10am-1pm), lunch (1-4pm) and tea (4-7pm).
The festival is once again the flagship event of UK Coffee Week and 2016 highlights include the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe's UK Barista Championships and The School of Chocolate hosted by Hotel Chocolat where visitors can learn all about the art of chocolate making and pairing. Rachel's Organic Milk Bar will be running live latte art masterclasses and the Scandinavian Embassy will be serving up delicious food in their pop-up restaurant.
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I just left the coffee festival pretty disappointed. Too over crowded, LOUD, and confusing. I wandered around feeling like there was coffee, coffee everywhere but not a drop to drink. Good event for a certain type, but I wouldn't recommend it for the chill coffee drinker. I won't be going back.
Absolutely atrocious! Do not waste your time or money on this.
Tickets were for select periods throughout the day. Arrived just as ours commenced and the queue was round the block! When we finally got in after 25min of queuing and being shouted at to "have our tickets in our hands", worst fears confirmed...COMPLETELY oversold, so it was both ridiculously hot & far too busy to be able to move or take anything in. I paid for the standard ticket and feel utterly ripped off - so glad I didn't go for VIP! All this is is a collection of coffee sellers and retailers of coffee parafinalia - they should be paying guests to wonder round.
Extremely crowded on Saturday afternoon. We waited for 25 minutes in a 300 meter queue outside the building. Also extremely noisy and unpleasant inside. Push and shove. It didn't live up to its hype. Great if you expect a dance club atmosphere or have a craving for Bank tube station during rush hour. Stressful and disappointing otherwise.
I was very drawn to this event as I love coffee but what is the clinching factor for me is the fact that it is supporting the charity Project Waterfall. I've just emailed a bunch of my friends to come along and support it all! I haven't been so am really looking forward to going along, especially knowing my money is going to a worthy cause!
A friend of mine went last year and has been going on about how great it was - definitely not missing out this year!
This looks super amazing!
I'm looking for someone to go with so if you're interested find me at www.wouldlovetogo.com
and we can arrange something! :)
Saturday and Sunday you can also visit Plant & Plant Ltd for vintage coffee pots and cups, and other china and glass to style up your table. In The Tea Rooms, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, 1 6RU