Coffee, latte, mocha, cappucino, espressos….

My mouth is just watering thinking about a decent Latte like how my old boss used to make for me every morning (yes it should have been the other way around but he made it so well!!).

My fascination with coffee started when I was school and I used to venture down to the Starbucks on Marylebone High Street to study – many hours spent here! The fascination hasn’t passed and I like discovering funky places around London and the rest of the world and the London coffee movement seems to be marching on against the ubiquity of the chains with cute little boutiques where you can take in the world and people watch whilst sipping.

They say sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation and it’s so true. Personally, I love a Starbucks latte because I find it appeases my tastebuds BUT I won’t say no to trying one of the new specialist coffee shops that seem to open on every corner of London. There is an amazing culture surrounding these funky places and my favourite magazine: The Stylist has covered the top ones to visit. My list is below:

1. Monmouth: there are always queues outside and it’s definitely worth the wait. There are 3 branches – Covent Garden: 27 Monmouth St, WC2; London Bridge: 2 Park St SE1; 34 Maltby St, SE1

2. Milk Bar: sister to Flat White on Bateman Street, Soho. Lattes come with amazing artwork and it’s a fab place to people watch in Soho. Flat White was one of the first to  bring Antipodean cafe culture to Britain. 17 Berwick St, W1F; flatwhitecafe.com

3. Lantana: Australian run Lantana Café can be found on Charlotte Place, a little lane a few blocks from Tottenham Court Road. It’s comfy and laid-back.

4. Cafe Gourmand: a small and charming little French cafe with retro-styled frontage, marble and glass display cabinet. Tea is drunk in a very quirky way. Must-try! 53 Lexington Street, Soho,

5. Workshop Coffee, formerly known at St Ali combines a roastery and café bar with a full restaurant. Has a cool fun vibe about it and its in the middle of Clerkenwell. 27 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1; workshopcoffee.com

6. Kaffeine: Voted Europe’s best independent coffee shop, this place has very helpful baristas. 66 Great Titchfield St, W1

7. Cafe Vergnano: with the chocolate in the 1988 sign – so cute and a really delish latte here this morning. This decrepit shop has been resurrected it to its former glory, in order to make it the jewel of a coffee shop. Staple Inn, Chancery Lane and Southbank Centre.

Are there any more I should try out?

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