The cold winter months are still upon us, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out and about for a catch-up with your nearest and dearest. Alas, we understand – nobody wants to meet up in the freezing cold. We’re more on the lines of sitting down with a hot coffee and a pastry in a cozy spot. If you’re on board with the pretty picture we just painted then read on for our top five coffee shops to keep you warm this winter!
133 Shoreditch High Street
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Opening Hours:Mon-Sat: 10:30am-6:30pm | Sun: 12pm-5:30pm
We love the hipster-esque, retro vibes of Shoreditch. Rich with independent shops, bars and comfortable cafe’s; AIDA is one of our favourite East London coffee shops! AIDA is an elegant coffee shop surrounded by their clothing and homeware items for sale. From photogenic coffee (Matcha, Beetroot and Turmeric lattes? Yes please!) to high tables by the window so you can watch the day float away, AIDA combines aesthetic coffee with comfort. This is the pit-stop for an overdue catch-up; you might even pick up some home accessories before you go! Be sure to check out their menu.
21 Beak Street
Nearest Tube:Oxford Circus
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri: 7am-8pm | Sat: 9:30am-8pm | Sun: 10:30am-7pm
If you have yet to try a gloriously filled doughnut from Bread Ahead bakery, this is an excellent excuse to bring your pals for a coffee and a pastry (or two)! Bread Ahead’s bakery-meets-cafe opened in January 2018, beautifully decorated with seating for up to sixty people. You’re sure to be greeted with a warm welcome, and the choice of which fresh tea, coffee and/or pastry to order. For an impromptu afternoon tea with otherworldly pastries then get on down to Bread Ahead! If you’re after more coffee and pastry inspiration, have a gander at their Instagram.
Image: The Gentleman Baristas
63 Union Street
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri: 7am-5:30pm | Sat: 8:30am-5pm | Sun: 8:30am-4pm
The Gentleman Baristas offer a retro-esque setting, serving their mantra of “well-mannered coffee” since 1698 – pretty impressive, right? Rich with history and freshly ground coffee beans, The Gentleman Baristas understand the art of coffee and a good conversation. Alongside grabbing a hot drink with your pals, you can even take on a coffee course with your nearest and dearest. From an ‘introduction to coffee’ to a ‘full day masterclass’ – there’s courses for those of any level! For more information, check out their Education Page. Don’t forget to have a nose at their coffees and other locations via their Instagram.
The Coffee Works Project
Nearest Tube: Stratford International
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm | Sat-Sun: CLOSED
The Coffee Works Project has one thing in mind: freshness and quality in every coffee bean. With their own London roastery, they ensure each and every location is delivered with their finest coffee; roasted to perfection that accentuate individual flavours. Their location in Here East is no exception, serving up classic coffee alongside bespoke food menus and comforting dishes. Great coffee AND delicious food, why wouldn’t you head down to Coffee Works? We sure plan to! Don’t forget to check out their mouth-watering Instagram.
7 Victory Parade
Nearest Tube: Stratford International
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun: 8:30am-5pm
Singorelli is an independently run bakery and café, opened in 2014 by husband and wife Alberto and Rebecca. If you’re after a coffee and artisan-style bread and freshly baked goods, this is the perfect place to visit! It’s safe to say Signorelli caters to all, offering gluten and dairy free options, including: soya, almond, oat and coconut milk for all hot coffees. If you fancy something a little stronger, they even serve prosecco; we’ll drink to that! Be sure to check out their menu.
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