Who fancies coffee and cocktails in London?

Is it a café or a bar?

All In London Says...

Instead of post-dinner coffee, get a caffeine hit after indulging on cocktails

All In London
Coffee by day and cocktails by night.

... or, if you're kicking over the traces: cocktails by day, then coffee to stop you from falling asleep, then more cocktails. Not a regime we champion, but certainly one that gets us through the working day.

Café-come-bars are a European staple and the blurring of the venue lines is becoming well established over here too, so we've hand-picked some venues who aren't too rigid about the drinks they serve.

And for those of you who really don't know if you want coffee or cocktails, may we suggest the Espresso Martini?

Imperial Durbar
14 Trinity Road SW19 8QX
Region: Tooting
Nearest Station: Merton Park (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: In their own words, colonial India-inspiredImperial Durbar offer “restoratives, remedies, sharpeners and stiffeners” which means in the morning there is coffee from southern India, masala chai and tea, while in the evening there are beers and cocktails with a bias towards gin.

587 Green Lanes Hornsey N8 0RG
Region: Hornsey
Nearest Station: Hornsey (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: You won’t find much that isn’t artisan, homemade or organic at blend, whether it’s their handmade chipolatas, in-house cakes made with organic flour, or coffee from artisan roasteryClimpsonand Sons.Plus at weekends they whip up excellent espresso martinis.

Shoreditch Grind
213 Old Street The City EC1V 9NR
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Old Street

AIL Says: Espresso bar by day, cocktail bar by night, plus a recording studio upstairs. So hip it hurts, and expanding rapidly with other Grinds in Soho, Holborn and London Bridge.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
Bar Termini
7 Old Compton Street W1D 5JE
Region: London Chinatown
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Italian coffee shop has a concise menu of coffee, drinks, and charcuterie and cheese dishes to appease the munchies. The cocktails are courtesy of one Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row. For a cheap, quick fix try their Espresso al Bar for just £1.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Ozone Coffee Roasters
11 Leonard Street EC2A 4AQ
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Old Street

AIL Says: This Kiwi coffee company began life as a roastery and coffee shop, they’ve since expanded operations to include plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To complement the menu there are craft beers, negronis and kiwi and strawberry cachaças.

Cable Cafe
8 Brixton Road Camberwell SW9 6BU
Region: Camberwell
Nearest Station: Oval (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Part of the new breed of trendy establishments in Brixton, 1940s-inspired Cable Café Bar has coffee roasted in-house and cocktails by night, with the odd live band thrown in.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
97 Maple Road KT6 4AW
Region: Town Centre
Nearest Station: Surbiton (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The team behind Marylebone speakeasy Purl also run this all day venue in the commuter area of Surbiton. Upstairs there’s coffee and food during the day (including afternoon tea), and in the evening they turn the music up and mix up cocktails like the Bubblegum Martini. There’s even a Purl downstairs for Prohibition era-style drinking.

    Freud Cafe Bar Gallery
    Freud's Furniture Shop 198 Shaftesbury Avenue Covent Garden WC2H 8JL
    Region: Covent Garden
    Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)

    AIL Says: This quirky basement café near Covent Garden has been going strong for almost 30 years. It’s not surprising: there’s a huge cocktail list with drinks under £8, cheap salads, soups and sandwiches, free newspapers and good, strong coffee. It certainly stands out among the recent wave of trendy barista-led establishments, in a very good way.

    • OUR REVIEW 8/10

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