Exciting times as the number of coffee shops visited reaches 299. Over the weekend I'll hit the big milestone of 300 independent coffee shops in London. By my count, there are only a handful of shops left to go before I've finally finished my challenge of visiting every coffee spot in London.
Recently, I visited the Beany Green stall in Moorgate. Interestingly, it uses Monmouth Coffee instead of its usual blend from the Roasting Party. Apparently, a big office nearby moved and they used to have Monmouth Coffee as their local. The office loved it so much that Beany Green went with Monmouth instead just for them.
South-West London continues to be one of London's growing coffee hotspots. I finally visited Knot Pretzel's stall hidden within the enormous Clapham Junction. They're serving fresh pretzels with their coffee blend roasted in London. It's a nice formula and they're expanding quite a bit with new locations in Kingston and Victoria.
Wandsworth has two new coffee shops. First, CWTCH, a kiosk right outside the station serves Southampton Mozzo coffee alongside bugers/baps fresh from the grill. Second, Brew have one of their new spots with the same formula of coffee alongisde gourmet food and drink. Also expanding rapidly, they have a new spot in Wimbledon and another in Richmond opening soon.
Further out- Battersea is being well-served by the new La Moka Cafe. A cozy little community coffee shop serving Allpress in an area devoid of good coffee. Run by a really nice couple, you can tell there's a lot of passion behind it.
Back to Clapham, Fields is opening its new cafe sometime in September. I walked by it and it looks absolutely incredible. It is literally in the middle of Clapham Common. From the owners of m1lk in Balham, you can easily see this becoming one of the trendiest spots in South London. Over in Angel, Saint Espresso is opening its doors soon. Angel is another area that lacks good coffee given its size and Saint will be making some waves for sure.
|Fields, Clapham Common|
EC1 Beany Green (33 Chiswell St, London)
SW11 Knot Pretzels (Clapham Junction)
SW18 Cwtch (Pitch 157, Old York Rd)
SW18 Brew (342 Old York Rd, London)
SW11 La Moka Cafe (141 Battersea High St)