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Monmouth Coffee Company

Restaurants, Cafés Borough Market
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(22user reviews)
Monmouth coffee company
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Now over 35 years old and still a major presence on London’s coffee scene, Monmouth seems to be busy all the time. On Friday and Saturday, it’s heaving – be prepared for a lengthy queue. The location at the southern end of Borough Market accounts for much of the popularity, but the unfailingly high quality clinches the deal. Food (breads, pastries and so on) is simple, well chosen and low maintenance for the staff. They have other priorities: making and serving coffee. Which they do as well as anyone in London.

Espresso (a bargain at £1.70) and its milky derivatives are well made, using full-fat milk – because Monmouth (unlike many customers) knows that semi-skimmed gives inferior results. But it’s the brewed coffee, from the company’s outstanding range, that takes top billing. If there’s a relatively small crowd, dawdle and talk to the coffee experts, who will share their enthusiasm and expertise with anyone who shows an interest. Seating is basic but comfortable enough. Come and worship at this shrine to the bean, or at the two branches in Bermondsey and (Monmouth's original home) Covent Garden.




Address: 2 Park Street
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-6pm Mon-Sat
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Users say (22)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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There's no denying, these guys know how to make a good cup of coffee! Tucked into the back of Borough Market, you can normally identify this little gem by the queue outside. 

The shop front is open to the elements and is closed at night by a large shutter. Great if its a beautiful British day but don't quite a glam when it's chucking it down outside...

There are a few places to sit inside but this is probably not the place to meet a friend for a catch-up - you'll be fighting off the tourists for a seat. However if a quick caffeine hit is what you need, then you can't really go wrong just don't ask for soy milk! 


We have been wanting to try out Monmouth coffee but could never bare to wait in the long queues everytime we pass by. It was a crazy snowy day this time and the line was reasonable and we found a seat too! The flat white was lovely altho it's a bit on the bitter side, the brownie went perfectly with it.


Monmouth coffee is a place that everyone tells you to go visit when exploring the Borough Markets. I don't want to be a downer, but I feel London is full of much better cafes and coffee shops compared to this, especially when the price for a hot cup-o-joe keeps getting more and more expensive every time I visit. 


There is a reason it is London's best coffee. Try it. You'll never look back.


An absolute MUST for coffee lovers (and snobs!). I often catch myself secretly drooling for their flat whites, oh-so-amazing and smooth! My partner and I often buy beans from there too, freshly roasted and sustainable.


It's very good coffee but I can't help but feel that this place is overhyped. There are other places in London that do just as good, if not better, coffee and chances are you won't spend 10 minutes in a queue either. By all means go but don't expect it to be the religious experience most tout.  


Excellent coffee - a latte from Monmouth really feels like a treat after a busy day! The queue is always long, but worth it. 

A rare find amongst the coffee shops of London, real delicious roasts and blends.


It's a shame that Monmouth is so busy - it's just not the best environment to speak to the experts. But experts they are and they make a fine, full-bodied flat white. If you queue at for beans then you can order your drink at the same time.

Best Coffee in London! Been going to Monmouth for ten years - the coffee is still outstanding.


Monmouth coffee is quite frankly one of the finest places to get you coffee in London, be it from their Monmouth Street location, Borough Market or other outlets (be they Monmouth's own or a coffee stall that uses their coffee - there are many of them about). Always a cue at both Monmouth St and Borough, you can get coffee to stay or go with a pastry or sweet of some variety, or indeed buy any of the vast selection of coffee beans (ground to your requirement) to brew at home. The selection of beans on after is hard to rival as it encompass all styles of coffee from all corners of the globe, so no matter what your taste they'll have something for you, or if you don't know what you prefer the ever friendly staff will help you find something; I used to buy a selection and rotate through them daily at home. A secret to know at the borough market store is that if you are after beans and a coffee to drink then, you can order that coffee along with the beans and skip the always far longer cue just for the coffee to drink - indeed the cue is regularly tailing back round the corner and down the road.


If you're a coffee amateur, Monmouth Coffee is your place! You can't miss this lovely place on your way to Covent Garden or Leicester Square. As soon as you enter the shop you are surrounded by amazing coffees smells. The staff is  very friendly and passionate and will always take the time to go through their coffee selection from Brazil, Perou, Guatemala, Costa Rica, etc. They also offer a great selection of cakes, tarts and quiches for the greedy ones! The only issue is there are not enough space to seats. 

Staff Writer

I often go to Monmouth's original home in Covent Garden and the coffee is outstanding - you really are experiencing the best coffee in London here, served by passionate people. 

Staff Writer

Monmouth is a very well known brand in London but in this case for the right reasons as it's a very good coffee they have there. Staff is super nice, I don't know how can they always be smiling and happy with a constant flood of people, but they are and it's a pleasure to go there. Prepare for a queue on Saturdays, but even that is not to bad as the staff comes and asks what you would like so you don't have to wait a lot once it's your turn. As it's in my neighbourhood i do go there often always tried different coffees and always enjoyed. Best thing? The Monmouth at Covent Garden is near the office too, so I get to have their coffees always pretty close :)  

Staff Writer

By far, the best expreso in town. I also buy my coffee beans there. What I like about them is that they have a wide range of coffees, from America, Africa etc. and you can really see the differences!

If I'm not buying my coffee on the way in at Covent Garden, then its here early on a Sat, not queuing inn the long queue but at the bean counter, having a discussion on the different beans available, tasting them, and getting a small bag, London doesn't get better than this! Bliss!

this is the closest thing you will get to Coffee perfection in London- it's a must for all coffee lovers to visit this shop- take home some fresh ground beans too, you can even buy the lovely organic sugar they use - yumm!!

I'm Italian and I love expresso.. I can tell Monmouth serves the best cappuccino in London.. maybe it's because of the whole milk they use.. Outstanding! Ha, be prepared to queue for up to 15 minutes on Saturday. Worth it!

The best coffee in London - and, amazingly, the cheapest. The staff are really friendly. I always feel sad when I finish a cup here.

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