FUEL YOUR LONDON STAY WITH CAFFEINE
A good cup of coffee can make your day and if you know your flat white from your cappuccino, you will be keen to get clued up on where all the best coffee spots are ahead of your trip to London. Whether you are preparing yourself for a day of activity or taking a break from Kensington’s impressive museums, there are a number of quality coffee shops within easy reach of Royal Garden Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious steaming cup of joe.
Situated right inside the Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street is Allegro Coffee, which roasts its own beans to create the right flavour profile for the brewing method you order. Get it to take away or spend some time relaxing in your surroundings and choosing a delicious treat from a local bakery to accompany your coffee.
There are two branches of the French family-own PAUL cafes within easy reach of Kensington’s museums. One is on Thurloe Street and the other at Gloucester Road, but they both serve up an extensive coffee menu that comes in three sizes, with the grand being perfect for when you are desperate for a caffeine boost. But be warned, you are likely to purchase something from PAUL’s range of tempting Viennoiserie if you stop by here.
For a little piece of fika on Kensington High Street, head to Wayne’s Coffee, which has brought the Swedish attitude to a coffee break to London. As well as serving a choice of three organic blends – espresso, dark roast and medium roast – Wayne’s brings a unique ambience and delicious Swedish baking into the mix.
OVER UNDER COFFEE
Over Under Coffee on Earl’s Court Road is chic and stripped back, letting the delicious coffee and simple menu do the talking. Its flat whites are Instagram-worthy and there is no shortage of gorgeous gluten-free and vegan food options to complement your brew. Over Under was set up by entrepreneur Ed Barry, who was inspired by coffee shops in New Zealand, Dublin and New York, taking the best elements from each.
FERNANDEZ AND WELLS
In between museum hopping, take some time out to visit Fernandez and Wells on Exhibition Road. Its signature drink – The Stubby – will help to caffeine-fuel your afternoon of culture. Like a flat white, only smaller, it gives you the boost you need without the volume. If you are looking for a light lunch while taking a break from perusing exhibits, then there are inventive sandwich, cheese and charcuterie options available.
Over on Church Street is a small Italian deli called La Caffettiera, which serves fantastic coffee. There are just two small tables with stools in the window to sit at and watch the world go by, but it is just as interesting to look around at the shelves stacked with delicious Italian products. The staff are friendly and you get a real sense of being in a local business when you buy your coffee from here.