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6 of the Best Independent Coffee Shops in London’s City Centre

laptopcoffeeAs a student, there’s nothing better than finding a great spot where you can relax yet get inspired to do that mega exhausting essay. The library isn’t for everyone, so for those who struggle to get started on that crazy word count, many head to a nearby coffee shop to get started…and lap up the free wifi.

If you’re lucky enough to study in London, there are thousands of amazing coffee places at your disposal to get your work done along with your caffeine fix. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite central coffee spots as they’re near the major student flats in London at and the other major student halls.

Look Mum No Hands!

The name was certainly enough to grab our attention, but it did make sense once we saw the bicycle repair shop that’s attached to the side. It’s not just full of cyclists, though! This is one loved by people of all ages as they offer lots of different dishes and drinks, from salads to full dinners.

Address: 49 Old Street, EC1V 9HX

Workshop Coffee Co

As well as this Marylebone branch, there’s also one in Clerkenwell, yet they’re extremely different. The Clerkenwell version is a bustling must-stop for locals and buzz, yet the Marylebone one seats just 14 people. This tiny hideaway is therefore perfect for those who crave peace and quiet while they work alongside a perfectly crafted coffee.

Address: 75 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QD

Foxcroft & Ginger

If your palette craves a more vintage taste, the Foxcroft & Ginger is a must just for the floral teacups alone! Take a peek at their delicious savory and sweet treats too, because, after all, what accompanies an essay better than a croissant?!

Address: 3 Berwick Street, W1F


Enjoy a drink with a continental difference in this Australian coffee house. Students are always made to feel welcome in here as it’s so laid back and fresh, yet the coffee beans have certainly not been compromised. Their source for beans includes Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia so you know you’ll be getting a high quality brew, whether it’s a coffee or just a tea.

Address: 13 Charlotte Place, W1T

Timberyard Seven Dials

The Timberyard experts have done it again, opening a second shop to match their Shoreditch original, complete with the same charm (and wifi!) as the first. Each mug of tea comes with its own timer so you can always be assured you will have the perfect brew to go with your hard work. The cakes certainly aren’t bad, either!

Address: 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9DL

Prufrock Coffee

Filled with the hustle and bustle of London commuting life during the weekdays, this idyllic coffee spot is a surprisingly relaxed haven when the weekend comes around. Situated on the quieter Leather Lane, this can be a good place to go if you seek a serene environment, yet fancy yourself as a bit of a coffee connoisseur as they brew the finest blends using the finest methods, including using the Chemex filter system.

Address: 23-25 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TE

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One Response to “6 of the Best Independent Coffee Shops in London’s City Centre”

  1. Andrew says:

    I normally avoid the indy shops as they don’t have a lot more to offer than any other coffee seller but these seem to really try and make a difference for their customers. That is the one thing that I would frequent a place for and I would probably become a regular at any of these.