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The Best Coffee Shops in East London

May 11, 2015

Food & DrinkLifestyle | by Danny & Josh

Whether you are looking for a space to work, a space for a meeting or just wish to catch up with a friend over coffee, we have selected five of the best coffee shops in East London for you to get your caffeine buzz from. We know you take your coffee seriously so no major chains here and only the best from coffee experts in the industry.


Workshop Coffee Co. – 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1 5RN

This venue is usually very busy at the weekends. They also have a large food menu too covering breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner plus the option to share a few small plates with a friend. Workshop Coffee Co. has 4 sites including Farringdon, Holborn, Marylebone and Fitzrovia. All coffee is roasted onsite and has a very light roast style, giving coffees a distinctive acidic flavour profile. For those looking for an experience, Workshop Coffee Co. also offer masterclasses in Home Brewing and Espresso Technique.
Price for an espresso: £2.40



Bulldog Edition at Ace Hotel Shoreditch – 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ

This coffee shop is situated in the lobby of the Ace Hotel Shoreditch as a collaboration between the Ace Hotel and Square Mile Coffee Roasters. This space is perfect for meetings or for just finding a space to work in due to the amount of tables and co-working space the Ace Hotel offers for free. If you’re looking for a space to meet a friend, it even offers an outside balcony area in which you can watch the buzz of Shoreditch pass you by. The Bulldog Edition are one of only a few in the UK to use a filtering method without using a filter, giving the coffee its full flavour. They have a choice of 4 different coffees and, for summer, have Columbian Cascara – which uses the dried skins of coffee cherries and is served over ice. The house brew is bold and full of flavour – we would also recommend the donuts which are cooked daily in-house.
Price for an espresso: £2.00



Allpress Espresso – 58 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP

This is a favourite for those who like a very smooth coffee and an unhurried atmosphere. This coffee store is deeply embedded into Shoreditch’s scene with interiors of soft wood and a warehouse feel to it. A great place for a quiet meeting in either business or pleasure this store is supplying most of the leading UK independents now for their coffee. The store itself is one of the lightest naturally lit coffee shops which really adds to the atmosphere. Their baked goods are outstanding and the sandwiches are imaginative.
Price for an espresso: £2.00



Lantana – 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road, EC1Y 1HQ

Known as a pioneer of the Australian-run modern café scene, Lantana is lively and large. We found the coffee here to be smooth yet with a kick. A bonus is that Lantana has twin coffee bars for restaurant and takeaway customers. We found this coffee store rather loud however it does have a vast amount of seating and a food menu with infinite choice. We recommend this spot for a friendly coffee or lunch with a friend rather than business alternatively for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of the coffee shop to work in. Lantana has sister stores in Fitzrovia and Camden.
Price for an espresso: £2.00



Ozone Coffee Roasters – 11 Leonard Street, EC2A 4AQ

Opened in 2012, New-Zealand based coffee store Ozone is known for being the hotspot for office workers around Silicon Roundabout. The store itself is industrial in interior and it feels like a factory showroom which is probably due to the fact that partially they are selling all the equipment for home brewing and coffee shop brewing. As you come downstairs in Ozone you can see the onsite roasting and large machinery which gives the whole place a really unique atmosphere. Ozone has a daily change of ‘slow brew’ specials and their Kenyan peaberry is a silky treat. The only problem with Ozone is that due to popular demand, upstairs is rather busy, however you shouldn’t find a problem getting a seat downstairs.
Price for an espresso: £2.20



Not in the East? Looking for an amazing coffee in central? Find out about Soho’s Bar Termini here.


Danny Keeling, Creative Director