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Vic Frankowski’s favourite coffee spots in London

Prufrock_coffee_shop © Victor Frankowski

Creating a short list of cafés for my book  The Independent Coffee Book: London  was very hard, as the capital has spawned so many great ones. Each person will have their own favourite based on what they like, where they live, the atmosphere…. it all becomes very personal. For me it’s about the places I attend regularly, get some banter and a great coffee, a passion that characterises DunneFrankowski – a creative coffee company and consultancy I run with my business partner Rob Dunne. So here are my favourite places, in no particular order:

Prufrock Coffee

Everything you need for your coffee needs, espresso and brewed coffee. The baristas have a good chat and know their stuff. (23-25 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TE, Closest tube: Chancery Lane, Farringdon)

Prufrock @ Present in Shoreditch is my watering hole on a regular basis. Always great for a chat and to bump into familiar faces. (140 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE, Closest tube: Shoreditch High Street – London Overground)


Climpson & Sons/ Broadway Market

Always a stopover before starting my walk down the market. Not as busy as the shop on Saturdays but always good cup. (67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, Closest tube: Bethnal Green, Haggerston and Hackney Central – London Overground)


Browns of Brockley

When southeast of the river I always try to pop in and say hi. It’s great all-around and barista Ross has transformed the place since taking it over a couple of years ago. (5 Coulgate Street SE4 2RW, Closest tube: Brockley – London Overground) 


Tapped & Packed, Rathbone Place

This is the original coffee shop with a great atmosphere, banter, food and coffee. I’ve got a soft spot for it as it was my first consultancy job. Still the best coffee in Fitzrovia. (26 Rathbone Place, London W1T1JD, Closest tube: Tottenham Court Road) 


Espresso Room

Ben is one of the best coffee trainers around and the shop,  just as the name suggests, speaks for itself. You’ll get one of the best espressos in town. (31-35 Great Ormand Street, London WC1N 3HZ, Closest tube: Russell Square) 


Taylor St Baristas, Bank

To keep city workers caffeinated there is no one better then Taylor St. I take off my hat to them as it’s not an easy task to make 1500 cups of coffee a day to a high standard. (Unit 3, 125 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1AR, Closest tube: Bank) 


For more recommendations, pick up The Independent Coffee Book: London, available at most good coffee shops,or online at



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