Cafes serving up London's best Flat Whites

It's like a hug in a mug. And luckily for us Brits, it's now... over here.

flat white noun /Austral. flaat whyette/ /NZ flet wyte/ 1. An antipodean style coffee which is served as a strong shot of espresso served in a small cup with textured milk; a damn good strong coffee.

flattie noun. colloq. flat white; I'm gonna smash back a couple of flatties bro/ NZ/ mate /Austral.

... so says Soho coffeehouse "Flat White" (appropriately named) who claim to have brought the the bevy to the UK shores from down-under.

If the slicked-back machismo of the espresso purist is just a little too much for you then why not take things down a notch or two and order a coffee you'll actually enjoy drinking?

It's like a hug in a mug. And luckily for us Brits, it's now over here.

Flat White
17 Berwick Street W1F 0PT

Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Flat White claims to be among the first to have served up the drink to London and it has the name, so there. Transforming what was in our cups from Matey Bubble bath to the liquid gypsy tart it’s still giving now; it’s a total coffee party. Loud music with caffeine brunches, there’s probably nothing better in this crazy world.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Monmouth Coffee House
27 Monmouth Street Covent Garden WC2H 9DD
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The Covent Gardeners’ coffee is legendary and they roast and grind their own. There’s something of the conservative British approach to it that distances them from the hipster newbies but their house grind causes a stir for certain. Surely the richest flavour in London and to be enjoyed in the fun of the skewiff wooden cabin appeal it has going on in its Monmouth Street outpost.

  • USERS 10/10
3 Bateman Street Soho W1D 4AG
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Originally Milk Bar was a sidekick of Flat White, but since its inception has continued to become more and more popular. The stylish façade is a little rough around the edges – which is just fine – and the coffee scores high, with the antipodean drink du jour one of the best you’ll find in Soho.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Caravan Exmouth Market
11-13 Exmouth Market Clerkenwell EC1R 4QD
Region: Clerkenwell
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Caravan is more about the fine location than the purity of its outstanding flat white. Coffee isn’t the main event here and you can tell, but that makes the surprise of a perfectly whipped white all the more satisfying. With ethically sourced Arabica beans at the heart of the coffee range, it’s a great place to get tweaked on caffeine up on Exmouth Market.

Wilton Way Cafe
63 Wilton Way E8 1BG
Region: Kingsland
Nearest Station: Hackney Downs (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Feel the high with their flat white in a far out arty atmosphere that says never fear, there really is a life beyond nine to five jobs – thanks to the laptop crowd who pack it out daily. The walls are covered with creative creations and there’s the in-house London Fields Radio so you can hear muso’s playing their favourite psych rock, Sixties girl groups and general interestingness while you tip back that micro foam. The Climpson’s beans are a winner.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Fernandez & Wells
43 Lexington Street Soho W1F 9AL
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: A coffee chain (locations around Soho and Somerset House) that stands out from the crowd – you can tell there must be something about Fernando and Wells from the slew of fashionably attired customers who queue for its coffee and sandwiches. Stylish and a little bit sexy, the flat white is more than a match for the sleek environment in which it is served up.

Look Mum No Hands
49 Old Street The City EC1V 9AQ
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Barbican (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Beer selling, Tour de France showing, bike fixing café and all round perfect stop off for that tired old Clerkenwell Road ride. There’s only one thing here better than the millionaire shortbread and that’s the flat white. So, don’t bother getting greasy in your own bike shed, just come here and waste your money on someone else doing the hard work so you can enjoy those delicious Square Mile beans while you watch.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
Present London
140 Shoreditch High Street Shoreditch E1 6JE
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Prufrock have a second London outpost in the uber hip entrance of Present, the Shoreditch menswear store, which can make eyes weep at the sartorial heaven on display and wallets weep at the prices of reaching a higher plain of clothing. The coffee from the vintage machine is, naturally, incredible and the flat white itself remains the choice to make – it’s as big as cappuccino was in the nineties.

  • USERS 9/10

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