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Whether you prefer a straight-to-the-point espresso made from the finest hand-roasted coffee beans or you’re looking for a bright and colorful latte / art that would look great on your Instagram, read on to discover my top ten best coffee spots in London. Because these beauties can do both!

#1 The Alice in Wonderland of all coffee shops – Peggy Porschen

Address: 116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London

Nearest Station: Sloane Square 

With its fairy tale pinks, ever-changing and enchanting floral displays, delicious coffees, and edible works of art, it is easy to see why Peggy Porschen is one of the most famous cafes in London. Located in the center of South Kensington, this place will make you feel as if you have just stepped into Alice’s wonderland. Just an ever so slightly more grown-up version with top-quality coffee. 

#2 A top coffee spot with something on the side – The Knot Churros

Address: 13 Bute Street, Kensington, SW7 3EY

Nearest Station: South Kensington

Easily one of the best coffee spots in London, the Knot Churros is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a sweet treat to accompany a delicious cup of coffee. Located in  South Kensington, this dessert bar has something for everyone. Whether you opt for the Candy Floss latte, the Blue Butterfly, or the Emerald one, this is the place to go for latte art that will take your cup of coffee to the next level.

#3 Quite possibly the best Instagrammable coffee spot in London (or the world?) – EL&N London

Address: 48 Park Lane, Mayfair

Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner

Arguably one of the most Instagrammable coffee spots in the world, EL&N, also known as Elan Cafe, is a pink paradise. We love the original Park Lane venue, but there are multiple EL&N locations around the city and the world. They also have a section of the menu dedicated to drinks that will guarantee Instagram likes. Our favorite is their Lucky Charms Latte, which promises to be sweet, crunchy, and full of good fortune. 

#4 Melbourne inspired coffee – Soho Grind

Address: 19 Beak Street, Carnaby, W1F 9RP

Nearest Station: Oxford Circus 

This Melbourne- inspired coffee house is one of the best coffee spots in London and there are now nine Grind food, coffee, and cocktail bars located around the city. The Soho venue has an espresso bar upstairs and a cocktail bar below. Their most popular brew is the Shoreditch Grind House Espresso  Blend, which has been specially created just for them. 

#5 Miami vibes – but in Hackney – Palm Vaults

Address: 411 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HY

Nearest Station: Hackney Wick

With its Miami vibes, impressive interiors, and picturesque food and drinks, Palm Vaults is certainly one of the best coffee shops in London. Located in Hackney, it is a little off the beaten path, but this place is bright, colorful, and perfect for your Instagram shot. Plus, 

everything is vegetarian and they also have an extensive vegan menu for your plant-based pals.  

#6 One of the best coffee spots in London in the most picturesque garden – Dalloway Terrace

Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN

Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road Station

Enjoy a nice cup of coffee amongst this picturesque English garden. In fact, this elegant cafe was originally inspired by the gardens at Virginia Woolf’s country home.  Coffee at Dalloway tastes amazing, with their commitment to quality apparent in every sip. However, this is also a popular spot for taking afternoon tea year-round. 

#7 Voted the best coffee spot in London – Prufrock Coffee

Address: 23-25 Leather Lane, Holborn

Nearest Station: Chancery Lane

Owned by Square Mile, one of the city’s leading roasters, Prufrock Coffee is the place to go for a quality cup of coffee. This cool cafe was once voted the best coffee spot in London and since opening in 2011, they have been a key player in the London coffee scene. 

#8 The most fashionable cafe in Shoreditch – AIDA Cafe

Address: 133 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch

Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street

It is difficult being the most fashionable cafe in Shoreditch. However,  AIDA is undoubtedly on trend. This cute shop is especially well known for its colorful latte artwork and specialist lattes, including matcha, turmeric, chai, and their infamous rose. With its wooden tables, painted floors, and simplistic design, this on-trend coffee shop is also a concept store that sells clothing, homeware, shoes, and accessories from independent local brands. 

#9 Key words: Edible gold, chocolatiers and unicorns… It’s Saint Aymes Cafe

Address: 59 Connaught Street, W2 2BB

Nearest Station: Marble Arch Tube Station

One of the prettiest places to pick up coffee in the UK’s capital, Saint Aymes was created by London-based sisters Lois and Michela Aymes-Wilson. They are chocolatiers primarily, and their artisan chocolates are stocked in both Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. However, as well as captivating chocolate treats, they also have a diverse selection of artistic coffees. We particularly love their iconic unicorn latte; a signature coffee that arrives topped with whipped cream and edible gold. 

#10 The best coffee spot in London for cat-lovers – Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium 

Address: 152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, E2 6DG

Nearest Station: Bethnal Green

Lady Dinah’s Emporium provides the chance to sit back and relax in this calming cat sanctuary. Your Insta followers are bound to appreciate pictures of the 13 rescue cats that call this wonderland-inspired cafe home. As well as afternoon tea and alcoholic beverages, this one-of-a-kind cat cafe has a range of coffees, including traditional coffees and iced ones. 

Have you tried any of the best coffee spots in London?

Or even better, do you know any to add to this list? Make sure to leave a review in the comments!

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Have you decided to leave everything behind for a while and go on a last minute citytrip but you don’t know how to organize it without missing a thing? Worry not, because this article has all the tips you’ll need to plan your getaway.

Last minute citytrip tip #1
Choose your destination

Last minute citytrip - The perfect destination

Before choosing the right destination you have to think about how you’d like to spend your time on your city trip. Attending cultural events and visiting museums? Tasting all the local delicacies in high-end restaurants and street-food markets or just taking lazy walks by day and hitting the dancefloor by night? Most cities have a little bit of everything but each one has its strong point. So the question is what it is you’re looking for.

Last minute citytrip - Solo female travel

 

You are planning a solo girls trip? But honestly, you’re not sure where to start with planning? I can recommend you to start by thinking about a destination which has a special meaning for you. Follow your heart and listen to yourself – what was your dream for a long time?

Last minute citytrip tip #2
Book your flight

Last minute citytrip - book a flight

Once you’ve picked your destination, booking a flight is your next step. As last-minute tickets are usually quite expensive, you’ll have to look harder in order to find the cheapest way to get to your destination. As the name implies, Lastminutetravel is a site that helps travelers find the cheapest flights and accommodation -yes you guessed it right- for last-minute trips. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Lastminutetravel.com, Skyscanner and Momondo will -as always- do the trick.

Last minute citytrip tip #3
Book accommodation

Last minute citytrip - The perfect accommodation

Spending your vacation in an accommodation you like is one of the most important aspects for an enjoyable trip. However, finding a room in a centrally located hotel may be a challenge. Chances are you either won’t find any or the ones you’ll find will be super expensive. So it’s time to start looking for some alternatives such as booking an Airbnb property or arranging a house swap. Homestay and Love Home Swap are some of the most popular sites for house exchange but keep in mind that you’ll have to do some in-depth research before finding a proper match.

Last minute citytrip tip #4
Book a tour guide

Last minute citytrip - Tour guide

If you’re arranging a last-minute city trip you’ll probably won’t have the time to do some proper online research in order to discover the most authentic experiences and less touristy places. So it might be a good idea to book a tour. Whether it will be a cultural tour, a gastronomy tour or a pub crawl it’s up to you, but in any case you’ll probably discover more than if traveling on your own. Each city has many professional tour guides and locals who are willing to take you to the most hidden corners. Tours by Locals and showaround are very helpful platforms for arranging such walks around the city.

Last minute citytrip - What to tip worldwide

 

 

It doesn’t matter what’s your next vacation – it’s always helpful to know when and what to tip in every country. Let’s have a look in our useful list about what to tip across the world

Last minute citytrip tip #5
Download helpful apps

Last minute citytrip - Download helpful apps

If joining a tour just feels too touristy for you and you prefer to plan your own route, make sure to download several useful apps before leaving home. Nowadays, there is an app for every need so that you will never find yourself unprepared. Citymapper or MAPS.ME are certainly among the most useful as they offer access to cities’ maps, Lonely Planet is one of the top travel sites for recommendations, Time Out offers top-notch recommendations for restaurants, bars, and cultural experiences, and the list could go on and on. So, find the app that suits your needs and the city you’re visiting best.

Last minute citytrip - Best apps for your vacation

 

Do you want to know which are the best vacation apps? Check them out, here is our list about the 10 most helpful holiday apps. And, of course, MyPostcard is one of them 😉 Send real postcards with your own vacation photos and your own text. Easy and super fast! 

Last minute citytrip tip #6
Check out events and concerts

Last minute citytrip - Search Events and concerts

No wonder small city excursions is a favorite kind of trip for culture buffs, history lovers and music enthusiasts. From temporary exhibitions in museums and art galleries to film festivals and music concerts, special events are always on the agenda of metropolises and smaller cities. Make sure to check out what’s going on during the days you’re planning to take your city trip and dive into the city’s cultural scene.

Last minute citytrip tip #7
Make a plan

Last minute citytrip - Make a list

If you don’t want to miss out on something while visiting a city make sure to make a plan beforehand. No matter how nice it may feel to just land in a new place you know little about, it can cost missing some really unique experiences and attractions. Visit A City is a website and app that lists some of the most significant landmarks in cities all over the world and suggests trip itineraries based on the time you’re planning to spend there. If none of them suit your taste make your own itinerary from scratch.

Last minute citytrip tip #8
Think who are you traveling with

Last minute citytrip - Choose the right Travel mate

Before planning your itinerary think who your travel companion will be. Especially if you’re traveling with kids you need to take into consideration that little ones wouldn’t really appreciate spending a lot of time in a modern-art museum or an experimental theatrical play. The same logic, of course, goes for the older ones, so make sure to talk with your travel buddies before making any detailed plans.

Last minute citytrip - Travel companion

 

 

You need a PERFECT MATCH! What to consider when choosing the perfect travel companion you can read here!

Last minute citytrip tip #9
Must-haves

Last minute citytrip - pack a suitcase

Packing the perfect suitcase for your last-minute city trip needs just as much planning as the rest of the trip. Make sure to pack both comfortable and stylish clothes because a city in the day feels totally different than in the night. You don’t want to forget your comfy sneakers if you want to enjoy endless walks around the attractions and neighborhoods, nor your high-heels if you want to experience the city’s nightlife. Travel size beauty products and cosmetics are certainly a must-have if you want to keep and look fresh the whole day.

Last minute citytrip tip #10
Shopping

Last minute citytrip - Shopping

You might not have shopping in mind while planning your trip, yet not many people return from a city trip without an extra piece of clothing in their suitcase. Cities brim with high- end boutiques, second-hand stores, and flea markets, so even if you want to resist the temptation of adding another t-shirt or fluffy sweater to your collection no one can guarantee you will actually manage. Therefore, make sure to leave a bit of space in your luggage and add a few extra bucks to your budget.