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Caffeine highs: five of the best unusual coffees in London

By Time Out London contributors

For coffee with real Instagram clout, you need a cuppa that shows off how quirky, interesting or well travelled you are. These should do the trick nicely.

Farm Girl


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Quite possibly the prettiest coffee in town, the Rose Latte from Farm Girl in Portobello Road comes decorated with a generous scattering of flower petals. More flat white than latte, it’s made with milk that’s been subtly infused with rose water. This being a health-conscious caff, you can swap the cow product for almond milk. 59a Portobello Rd. Tube: Notting Hill Gate.

Curators Coffee

An espresso served with a syringe of mushroom consommé on the side (yup, you just read that), the Magic Mushroom from Curators Coffee is not as entirely bonkers as it sounds. The umami quality of the soup really brings out the flavour of the coffee. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. 9a Cullum St. Tube: Monument.

Saigon Street Café

Run by long-established coffee importers Cà Phê VN, this was London’s first Vietnamese coffee shop and its Ca Phe Sua Da (iced coffee with condensed milk) is still the best. The fact that it can only be enjoyed on Saturdays (in Broadway Market, innit) makes it taste even sweeter. Broadway Market. Cambridge Heath Overground. 

Fernandez & Wells


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When a macchiato’s too short and a flat white’s too long, only the Stumpy will do. It looks – and tastes – a lot like a Spanish cortado, but what do we know? This mini flat white, served in a 5.5oz Duralex glass, is now trademarked by F&W. And very good it is too. Branches across central London. 

Shoreditch Grind

The espresso martini has evolved. Party peeps in need of a comforting pick-me-up can now sip on a Hot Flat White Russian at Shoreditch Grind. Yep, you’ve guessed it: this velvet-soft mix of espresso, vodka, Kahlua and steamed milk is a cross between a flat white and white Russian. Genius! 213 Old St. Tube: Old St. 

Prefer a more traditional caffeine hit? Take a look at five of the best filter coffees in London.


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