Is this the best coffee in London?

12 Aug

iced coffee

There are many places contending the crown for London’s best coffee, but the Monmouth Coffee Company has to be one of the front runners. 

queue outside Monmouth Coffee HouseOn a hot day, the queue outside their Borough Market branch snaked out of the door, with people patiently waiting for their caffeine hit.  They roast their own single origin and single estate beans at their Covent Garden store, which they sell there and in Borough.  When you eventually make it to the front of the queue, you can choose from a large selection of filter coffees or drinks made from the daily expresso choice.  I chose an iced latte, which was strong, smooth and creamy and very refreshing.  I sat on a stool at the window and watched the comings and goings of the busy Saturday lunchtime market, while others shared a communal table eating a delicious looking breakfast of bread and jam with their coffees.

coffee beans

Once you have finished your drink, you can buy beans or ground coffee to take home.  I chose a Costa Rican variety as a breakfast reminder of our honeymoon.

I’ve drunk many great coffees in London, and I think Monmouth Coffee House is one of the best coffee shops.  Judging by the queues, it seems I am not alone.

This post is part of Wanderfood Wednesday. For more travel food stories, head here.


10 Responses to “Is this the best coffee in London?”

  1. Laura Driver 12/08/2009 at 9:25 am #

    I don’t even like coffee but that looks delicious!

  2. Insomniac Mummy 12/08/2009 at 10:30 am #

    I love, LOVE, iced coffee. Mmmmmm!

  3. jessie voigts 12/08/2009 at 3:57 pm #

    WOW. it looks fantastic! i have to say i would NOT wait in line like that! i’d probably go at an off time. it would be funny if this photo was from 2am and there was still a huge line! thanks for sharing!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/08/2009 at 7:59 pm #

      The queue moved pretty quickly, and I have to say it was completely worth the wait!

  4. Tammie Dooley 12/08/2009 at 7:08 pm #

    I’ve never seen an iced latte that looked that delicious. I seldom order them here as they’re just so watered down. Tickets to London are probably pretty cheap right now…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/08/2009 at 8:00 pm #

      This was definitely not watered down. Espresso and full fat milk and ice cubes. That’s all.

  5. marina villatoro 13/08/2009 at 12:47 am #

    My brother just visited me and gave me a very intersting lesson all about coffee! this looks like a place he would absolutely love!

  6. Wanderluster 13/08/2009 at 7:08 pm #

    OMG – we don’t even have crowds like that in Seattle! If it’s not the best coffee, then it sure is the best photo of an iced coffee I’ve ever seen!

  7. Lucy 10/03/2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Calling all coffee fans: we have a very healthy discussion board on the topic of superior coffee on our travel blog (with contributions from past and present baristas of the year, no less). Check out our post on the best coffee in London…


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