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Are you looking for the best coffee in London Bridge?

I’m Mel, a travel blogger from London. I’ve lived and worked in London Bridge since 2019, and let me tell you: there is some seriously good coffee in London Bridge.

Artisanal coffee gems are all over Southwark and Bermondsey, in fact!

Whether you work locally, need a decent co-working spot, or fancy a nice café to visit in the area, here are my top 10 picks for where to get the best coffee in London Bridge.

Let’s dive in!

Where Is The Best Coffee In London Bridge?

Best Coffee Spots Near Borough Market

1. The Roasting Plant – Borough High Street

The Roasting Plant is a coffee shop with a genuinely innovative, exciting, and fun approach to brewing coffee.

From the moment you walk into the café you’ll notice futuristic tubes full of coffee beans gliding across their ceiling. What’s running those tubes is their patented Javabot technology that roasts, grinds, and brews coffee on demand. Pretty sweet!

The reason they’ve merged technology into their brewing process with Javabot is because, as they say on their website, “the shorter the distance between the roaster and the cup, the better the aroma, flavor, and overall coffee experience will be. It’s why Roasting Plant roasts coffee at every café, grinds beans fresh, and prepares each cup to order within 60 seconds.”

The coffee is great at The Roasting Plant. Plus each branch (including Bond Street) has a cosy, friendly atmosphere perfect for working or catching up with friends.

At the London Bridge branch, they have a “bean bar” where you can see and smell the freshly roasted beans, as well as a range of high-tech brewing machines. Outside of coffee, their menu includes a variety of coffee blends, as well as tasty treats like banana bread, dark chocolate peanut cups, and sandwiches.

2. The Colombia Coffee Company – Borough Market & Flat Iron Square

Located in the heart of Borough Market, The Colombian Coffee Company cart offers a range of high-quality coffee blends sourced directly from Colombia.

It’s the perfect spot to grab a coffee after perusing the other food stalls.

There’s another branch of The Colombian Coffee Company with a proper little roastery and café with limited seating in Flat Iron Square, around the corner on Southwark Bridge Road. Everything they make and offer is fair trade, ethically sourced and sustainable, so you can feel good about investing in it. Even their Instagram handle is @ethicalcaffeine.

Their baristas are always super friendly too. Head over to The Colombian Coffee Company and support local!

3. Grind – Borough High Street

 

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With its chic decor and hip vibe, Grind in London Bridge is the perfect place to grab a coffee – and get some work done if you’re doing some remote laptopping.

As they put it on their website, “Grind, at London Bridge is a buzzing riverside cocktail bar, espresso bar and all-day restaurant just above the famous Borough Market.”

From coconut yoghurt and chia, acai bowls and wild mushroom hash to prawn katsu sandos, Grind has a fabulous menu, so this is a good spot for foodies.

They offer a range of coffee blends, as well as specialty drinks like matcha, turmeric, beetroot, charcoal and butterfly pea lattes. Endless choice.

Grind is a popular spot for coffee and cocktails alike – and the trendy bar is actually located in a former bank. Try their famous espresso martini once you’ve closed the laptop!

4. The Gentlemen Baristas – Union Street

Escape the chaos of Borough Market and head to The Gentlemen Baristas for a delightful flat white. With branches in London Bridge and Borough, this London roastery has over nine quirky coffee houses across the capital. And inside those coffee houses, many of those baristas will likely have a beard.

On a mission to serve #WellManneredCoffee, The Gentlemen Baristas promise exceptional coffee blends, plus a tasty menu of sandwiches and cakes. These guys know exactly how to create a homely, playful vibe, with vintage decor and a focus on sustainability, as well as epic coffee. Check out their truffle sandwich!

Best Coffee Shops in Bermondsey Street

5. Watch House – Bermondsey Street

 

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Tucked away in a quiet corner of Bermondsey Street, right by the park, is purist coffee haven Watch House.

The beautifully restored building boasts a unique menu, featuring single-origin coffee from around the world, as well as a range of delicious snacks and pastries. There’s only outdoor seating though.

This stylish coffee shop has a modern and minimalist aesthetic, with a focus on specialty coffee sourced from around the world.

Their Bermondsey Street branch is the original Watch House, and there’s another amazing sit-down branch in Spitalfields which serves a banging brunch/breakfast – I recommend heading over there one weekend!

Bear in mind, Watch House doesn’t offer flavoured syrups or anything non-purist – so if you need a pumpkin spiced latte… look elsewhere!

6. Chapter 72 – Bermondsey Street

 

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Chapter 72, located just a stone’s throw from London Bridge station, is an independent family-owned coffee shop and bar. This charming little café actually won Time Out Magazine’s “Most Loved Local Coffee Shop SE1” award and Evening Standard’s “Best Espresso Martini London”!

Located on Bermondsey Street, Chapter 72 is a local favourite for its high-quality coffee and friendly service. They have a range of espresso-based drinks, as well as pour-over coffee and cold brew, plus they have flavoured syrups for days. Their menu also includes chunky sausage rolls, fresh pastries and delicious toasties. Who doesn’t love a good ham-and-cheese toastie?

Chapter 72 is around the corner from my office and I get their iced vanilla oat latte pretty regularly, because they’ve managed to nail the right blend of creaminess and caffeine in it!

Chapter 72 also turns into a bar after-hours, so once you’ve closed the laptop, you can switch to an espresso martini.

7. F*ckoffee – Bermondsey Street

With its cheeky name and playful decor, F*ckffee is a favourite among locals for its strong coffee and funky vibe. They offer a range of espresso-based drinks, as well as iced coffee and a selection of teas. Their food menu includes delicious sandwiches and toasties, as well as vegan and gluten-free options.

Even though I adored their coffee, I personally stopped supporting them after the owner made several controversial comments about race, gender and weight.

Best Coffee Shops Near The Shard

8. Three Wheels – The Shard Arcade

Three Wheels is a small coffee cart in The Shard Arcade, strategically placed between London Bridge tube station and the Shard exit!

This cart is a real hidden gem, serving up some of the best coffee in the area from its compact setup. They have bloody good coffee, and nice fluffy croissants.

What sets Three Wheels apart is their commitment to using sustainable and ethically sourced coffee beans too.

Best Coffee Spots Near Tower Bridge

9. Shaman Bermondsey – Tower Bridge Road

Shaman Bermondsey is located inside of Bermonds Locke, an urban oasis and boutique independent hotel within SE1.

Trendy and tasteful, Shaman Bermondsey is known for its delicious coffee and stylish decor. They’ve got great coffee, fresh smoothies and juices, as well as specialty drinks like CBD-infused lattes.

Shaman also has an extensive menu of plant-based food, regular pastries and sandwiches. Be warned: it’s expensive! But it’s great coffee, and an excellent place for co-working.

Grab a coffee and settle in for a few hours of productivity!

10. Crol & Co – A Newcomen Street

 

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Crol & Co is a small, family-run coffee shop is located just off the beaten path in Bermondsey. They serve up some of the best coffee in the area, with a focus on single-origin beans. They also serve delicious baked goods and sandwiches, as well as a range of teas and other beverages.

They offer a range of specialty coffee blends, as well as a tasty menu of sandwiches and pastries. What I love about Crol & Co is their commitment to sustainability, with all their coffee cups and packaging being 100% compostable.

This London Bridge branch is actually their second venture—”an abandoned garage reborn as a bustling café, enriched by exceptional coffees and a cocktail selection”.

Know of Any Other Great Coffee In London Bridge?

No matter what your taste or style, there’s a coffee shop in London Bridge that’s sure to satisfy. Whether you’re looking for a cosy hideaway, a trendy and stylish vibe, or simply amazing coffee and food, these cafés have got you covered.

Bookmark this page as I’ll keep updating it! And if you’ve got any recommendations, drop me a comment below.

Mel Legarda

Melissa Legarda is the founder of illumelation. She has worked as a travel blogger, creator and writer since 2015, and has collaborated with well-known brands worldwide. She has helped over 1,100+ students improve their travel photography skills since launching her creative courses. Her mission is to encourage and empower others to travel and create more. Find her on Instagram.

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