After a higher class of caffeine fix? Here's a quick selection of some of London's most progressive coffee shops.
1. Mother’s Milk
Oxford Circus has loads of cafés to choose from, but one of the must-see venues has to be Mother’s Milk. It's inside the foyer of Exposure, a communications agency just off Oxford Street. They expertly brew with the UK’s only source of JBKaffee – one of Germany’s finest roasters. 22-23 Little Portland St, W1W 8BU.
2. Black Box Coffee
Black Box has several pop-up style outlets, including one in Hackney, but the most hard-to-find branch sits inside the Queen's Park studio of fashion designer Michiko Koshino. It’s a quiet and stylish space and is run by a talented Lithuanian barista who frequently changes the coffees he sells, so it's worth stopping in when you can to try out the latest beans. 74 Salusbury Road, Queen's Park, London, NW6 6NU.
3. Counter Café
Counter Café sits on the canal in Hackney Wick, with a view of the Olympic stadium. It's not that close to a station and is tucked away at the back of a gallery – but if you do eventually find it you’ll be treated to some excellent coffee they roast in-house. Stour Space, 7 Roach Rd, London, E3 2PA.
This central London café is a bizarre but brilliant conversion of an old public toilet. With several brew methods in operation, this old Victorian gem is a must if you’re in the Fitzrovia area. 27a Foley Street, London, W1W 6DY.
This may only be a small space on 266 Hackney Road, but founders Greg and Dom are procuring some of the best coffee in London, including Alchemy, Dark Arts and Square Mile. They even use the often ignored but classy Chemex brewing method. This involves a large paper filter for coarse ground coffee that's thicker than usual filter papers – so it holds more oil back, making a cleaner cup of coffee. 262 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ.
6. Black Chapel
One of Wandsworth’s most interesting cafés is a challenge to find because it's in an alley behind a Tesco. The Black Chapel is run by ‘The Anarchista Barista’, one of London’s original third-wave baristas. With a penchant for satanic paraphernalia and a tremendous passion for world-class coffee, Anarchista also roasts his own using one of the smallest professional roasters on the market. He also rotates his stock amongst several roasters from around the UK, including Dear Green, Extract Coffee and Modern Standard. 1 Chapel Yd, Wandsworth Town, London, SW18 4HZ.