This diminutive, dimly lit room beside the veg stalls of Berwick Street Market was one of the places that signalled, when it opened in 2005, the increasing influence of Antipodean coffee culture in London. It was hugely popular from the outset.
Coffee has always occupied centre stage here, and while espresso drinkers have sometimes been disappointed, our latest visit was a resounding success. Made with single-estate beans from Uganda, our espresso was distinctive, roasted with care and a welcome sidestep away from the high-roasted house blend. Coffee with milk has never been a problem, and both a flat white and a piccolo were spot-on. The food menu is small but sound. Decor and seating are basic, and the place can feel cramped when busy. But at quieter times, Flat White is bliss – especially if the weather is good and you can bag a seat outside.