My day hasn't really started until I have had my first cup of coffee. Before that, it's best to avoid me alltogether as my mood is of the cranky kind. Usually I have it at work, at my desk, behind my computer, but when I am not working, I try to find great, independent and alternative places to have my morning joe. No Starbucks for me. Here are my favourite London coffeeshops.
This cafe is located in an old church in the City of London. St Nicholas Abbey, which is what the church is actually called, was left to its own devices till some coffee lovers turned it into a cafe. Besides great coffee, you can fill up on sweet cakes and pastries, and hearty sandwiches.
Another publicly used building turned coffee-shop is The Attendant in Soho. This Victorian subterranean ex-loo is a great place to spend a penny or two on a cuppa java. If the thought of eating and drinking in a lavatory has grossed you out slightly, then you'll be happy to hear that it's been thoroughly scrubbed and polished before they opened their doors to the first coffee drinkers. Although you can still sit at the original urinals to have a brownie, I guarantee you that this cafe is no stinker.
Biking is hip and bike shops that sell coffee are even hipper. Not to mention omni-present. Being a biker in London myself, I for one love the fact that I can wait for my bike to be repaired while drinking a cup of coffee. Or drinking a cup of coffee while browsing for new bike accessories. Either or works for me.
All the rage in Asia, this coffee-shop concept has now popped up here in London as well. At this feline friendly establishment, you can chill out with a drink and a kitty cuddle. Although afternoon tea is kind of their thing here, coffee lovers are allowed as well. Just remember to make a booking before you go as this place is incredibly popular.
Also not a place to go to on a whim, however, when you do manage to get tickets to get to the indoor garden at the Walkie Talkie building, your jaw will drop when you see the views across London. Definitely better than that view of my computer screen at work every morning.