5 More Spots: Peckham, Islington and Aldgate

More coffee! Here are five more spots we've found this week around London.

Three spots in Peckham. First, Small White Elephant serving Alchemy coffee along with a great brunch selection, snacks and bakes. Second, right next door is Southerden- the incredible patisserie and bakery of Mel who serves Monmouth coffee. A short walk down Peckham Road is the Pigeon Hole which was funded by a kickstarter. It used Volcano Coffee and turns into a bar later in the evening.

Back in Islington is Brown Bear, which opened last Tuesday and uses Coleman Coffee. A bit further east in Longshot, an eccentrically-decorated cafe serving Climpsons

SE15 Small White Elephant (28 Choumert Road)
 SE15 Southerden (46 Choumert Road) 
SE5 The Pigeon Hole (2 Datchelor Place)
 N1 Brown Bear (Cross Street, Islington)
E1 Long Shot (127 Leman Street)

Coffee in Tower Hamlets

The South side of Tower Hamlets hasn't received as much specialty coffee love as the North. With Love in a Cup, Exmouth Coffee Company and Vagabond E1 near Aldgate East and Urban Cafe, Foxcroft & Ginger, the Coffee Room and Carmelite Cafe on Mile End Road. 

However, there are two incredibly spacious locations with plenty of space and seating. Paper and Cup near Bow and Husk Coffee near Limehouse. They're excellent spots to host get togethers or to find a place to sit down and work. 

Husk is located just outside Limehouse station and is possibly one of the largest coffee shops in London. Like Timberyard, there are endless amounts of seating and plugs. There's even a roof terrace. Using Climpsons, it also serves as creative space and studio much like Craving Coffee or Scawfell

Paper and Cup is located on St. Paul's way, its a social enterprise run by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust which aims to help people who have suffered from alcohol and substance misuse get back into work. Using Union, they also have another location in Shoreditch. Both have the same theme of coffee and bookshelves, with books available to buy. 

 E3 Paper and Cup (83 St Paul's Way)

New Logo

The more eagle-eyed among you might have noticed a few changes to my blog and twitter accounts. Really happy to launch a brand new logo for "Cups of London Coffee," designed by Not Nat. It's a great showcase of London in a cup of coffee. With the Twitter and Blog getting increasingly more popular, I thought it was important to finally get a better logo! This forms a part of a series of changes I hope to roll out imminently. So watch this space! 

First Look: Watch House on Bermondsey Street

A new coffee shop has suddenly and quietly opened on the bottom of Bermondsey Street. There's been murmurings for quite sometime about what the local council would use this spot for since a planning permission was filed almost seven years ago. Aside from Brick Lane Coffee and Blacksmiths Hatch, there's not much for good coffee in the area- so it's definitely a welcome addition.

Called the "Watch House" its located in a small Grade II listed building which was once erected to prevent grave-robbing from the adjacent churchyard. It's a great throwback to the spot's history and a lot of work has gone into the design to provide a real rustic feel with wooden lampshades and a mock fireplace on the counter.

Serving Ozone Coffee, there's only espresso-based drinks for now, but there are plans to introduce filters as well as a greater food selection. It is small, with only a few places to sit but not exceedingly so. 

A Few More Additions

Just uploading a few more additions this morning. Near Newington Green is Highbury Arts Club which changes from a Cafe for Brunch on weekends to a wine bar during nights. Nearby is Lizzy on the Green, which serves Alchemy right in the middle of the park. In Hoxton, Fabrique provide fresh Nordic bakes alongside their coffee roasted in Sweden. In Northwest London, Wired offer Climpsons and Sons near West Hampstead station and have opened a second branch- Cable right in front of Kensal Rise station.

E5 Highbury Arts Club
 N16 Lizzy on the Green
 E2 Fabrique
 EC4 Carter Lane Coffee House
 NW6 Wired
 NW10 Cable

Speciality Coffee in Selfridges

Selfridges on Oxford Street have entered the world of specialty coffee as part of their summer "Meet the Makers" campaign; showcasing artisan producers of food and drink. For coffee- they've partnered with Cornish-based roasters Origin Coffee to take over one of their shop windows and man an Espresso Bar in their bustling food hall.

Sandows have made an appearance as well, offering Cold Brew on top on certain days (although their cold brew is readily available to buy bottled). Origin Coffee beans are available to buy in their shop since 2014 (and Union for a while), but a newer addition is Square Mile.

Origin's Espresso Bar

300 Coffee Shops! Wood St Coffee, 56 St James and School House Cafe

One happy and caffeinated coffee shop explorer.
Today I finally passed the milestone of visiting 300 independent coffee shops in London. I decided to make number 300 the newly relocated Wood St Coffee because its been ages since I told them I'd come round to making a visit to their old spot in Walthamstow. 

They haven't moved too far, with their grand reopening today at Blackhorse Workshop, a public space that provides access to fully equiped wood and metal workshops for DIY work. Serving Climpsons and Sons coffee, the coffee shop almost acts as an entrance- much like the new Craving Coffee that has a similar space but with artist's studios. 

A short walk away was the mysterious 56 St James. Open only four days a week, they serve Nude Espresso in their interior decorated with, among other things, pineapples and collections of National Geographic. 

Going back to my flat at Bermondsey, a small sign advertising avocado and eggs pointed me in the direction of a coffee shop only a block away. It's the School House Cafe serving Climpsons and Sons. It's a social enterprise that provides training and work experience for those with autism. 
National Geographic decorating 56 St James 
E17 Wood St Coffee (2 Sutherland Rd)
 E17 56 St James (56 St James's St, Walthamstow)
 SE1 School House Cafe (Spa School, Monnow Road)