FreeState Coffee

Restaurants, Cafés Holborn
FreeState Coffee

This former Prêt was transformed in spring 2013 into an independent coffee shop. The uniform fittings have been replaced by second-hand tables and an eclectic selection of pews to perch on. Their back wall is decked out with a line of drip filters for sampling single origin coffees such as Ethiopian Konga Natural Yirgacheffe.

The house espresso blend is sourced from Union Coffee Roasters, but beans from other roasters (such as Caravan and Workshop) also make an appearance. From their La Marzocco machine, you can opted for their house espresso – the dark-roasted Foundation Blend (a mix of Guatamalan, Indonesian and Indian beans) or their ‘guest espresso’. On our visit it was a soft-bodied, citrusy Brazilian number with a decent crema (head).

To fill your belly, there’s the usual selection of pastries, sarnies and quiches. They’re a little on the pricy side though, with a grilled pork and cheese baguette setting you back a substantial £5.90.


Venue name: FreeState Coffee
Address: 23 Southampton Row
Opening hours: 7.30am -7pm Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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Can I just simply say - some of the best coffee I've ever had in London (and believe you-me, I drink too much coffee for my own good) and that I am THRILLED that I am moving office and going to be within a speedy 5-minutes walk - made all the speedier - from their deliciously roasted caffeinated offerings!


A cafe with urban and industrial feel - from the second hand, upcycled furniture to the black and white photos of mostly 90's New York hanging on the walls. The flat white was simply exceptional; full of body and complex rich flavour. At the time, they were using Caravan's Market Blend but they are do swap and change their beans to other roasters. There were a few goog-looking cakes on display.  I opted for a small and but mighty lemon pistachio slice. The sponge was a little dry however, I did like the thick rich lemon cream and chopped pistachio topping.

As a discerning antipodean it's great to see another decent cafe pop up. A cafe where the term Flat White desn't just result in a (slightly) stronger latte. Good stuff!