We know what you’re thinking: the British drink tea. But London’s also big on coffee culture.
Workshop Coffee opened its flagship café in a former nightclub in Clerkenwell in 2011 and has been bringing beans of the highest quality to the neighbourhood ever since. In addition, it now has coffee bars to satisfy your caffeine cravings in Fitzrovia, Holborn and Marylebone.
While the three bars are ideal for a perky espresso after lunch, the Clerkenwell café is a place to come and while away a few hours. The two-storey space is filled with light, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant skylights, and furnished with custom-made wooden floors, tabletops and counters. Think exposed brickwork, softened by a living wall of greenery, and dimly lit pendant lights.
Today it’s extended its offering, welcoming coffee-lovers from early morning through to the evening: breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch are now served, alongside a selection of cocktails, wines and beers. But the beans – sourced from farmers and independent producers around the world before being roasted on site – are where it all began. And they’re what will keep you coming back, again and again.
Workshop Coffee, 27 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RN.
Photo: Tho Keller.