Loving London Lattes: My Top 10 Picks

Aug 9, 2017 11:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_MaitaAnkrum_London_Headshot.pngMaita is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Kinesiology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maita tells us where to get the top 10 latte's in London (and a few tips elsewhere!).

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For those that have read my blog biography on CAPA’s website, I have exciting news; the anticipation is finally over! The coffee-fanatic within me has been having the time of her life trying lattes’ from Goldhawk Road to Central London.  In this blog post, I present to you a list of London’s top ten (and more) lattes I have been indulging in over my stay.

10. Starbucks

I am a creature of habit, as some may say.  Although I have a Starbucks right down the street from my apartment at home, I thought it was only fitting to at least get one drink in London from my favorite chain.  Although my love for Starbucks is never-ending, on my list of London’s lattes I have to rate it for my unoriginality at number 10.

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Good news, though, this was a one time experience.  In my travels to Paris I was able to stay away from Starbucks!

9. The National Theatre

Such an extravagant place with such un-extravagant coffee.  Although I have not gotten the chance to experience a show at the National Theatre on South Bank, I did experience their Kitchen.  The National Theatre makes a great study spot (because yes, you do actually need to study when you study abroad) but I would suggest sticking to their cake as a study snack and save your caffeine fix for somewhere else.

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8. Scotties

Scotties is a street side coffee shop that I pass by every day on my journey to CAPA.  The idea behind the grab-and-go coffee is a great one, but the price for just an average latte is not so great.

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On the plus side, Scotties is dependable in being open during the rush of a morning commute.  If you need a pick me up before jumping on the Piccadilly line, Scotties has your back!

7. Costa

Personally, I am a big fan of coffee cups.  My latte from Costa was served for me in a large glass mug that made me feel quite fancy while drinking it.

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Costa’s latte hit the spot on a cold and rainy London day. Was it my favorite? No. Would I go there again, though? Yes! Convenience wise, Costa is located directly across from my flat!

6. Camden Food Co.

Camden Food Co. is apparently a chain in London, but I have only been able to find this one.  My latte was simple and perfect for my coffee fix before class! 

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Side note: When ordering coffee in London, the barista will ask you if you plan to dine in or take away, and often times take away is cheaper!

5. Liz Café

A few things that pair up nicely with a latte: good friends, avocado toast and bacon.

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Liz’s Café is conveniently located and in addition to serving wonderfully tasting lattes, they also serve wonderfully tasting breakfast.  Taking time to sit down and share a cup of coffee with friends is, in my opinion, something important to fit into a busy schedule.

4. Paul

I’m starting a petition stating that America needs a Paul.  Everything from their atmosphere, pastries and (of course) lattes gets an A plus, in my opinion, for coffee shop options in London.

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If I remember correctly, I think I drank this latte in less than 10 minutes.  Is that something to be proud of, or ashamed?

3. Ca’puccino

An iced latte to switch it up a bit.

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Ca’puccino is located within Westfield London shopping center.  On a warm day, which we have had plenty of over the last couple of weeks, nothing tastes better than an iced latte, if done correctly.  I would certainly recommend Ca’puccino, especially on a shopping extravaganza through the zoo that is Westfield mall.

2. Pret A Manger

Although spread across the world, including within the United States, Pret is a chain that is based in the United Kingdom. In picking a favorite, Pret is near the top of my list.

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Pictured here is a Coconut latte that I promise, will make all of your latte dreams come true.  With every bit of sweet and savory, I have to refrain myself from buying one of these everyday!

1. The Breakfast Club

Even better than the Breakfast Club movie is the Breakfast Club latte.  Presentation is almost as important as taste, although this beautifully designed latte disappeared quicker than it appeared at the table.

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This latte was creamy, delicious and something I will be craving for the duration of my latte-loving life.

So if I were to be asked about London’s best latte, my taste buds would lead me directly to the Breakfast Club’s menu! 

Here’s a few more coffee experiences abroad that I feel necessary to highlight:

Like I said - good breakfast, good friends and a good latte are guaranteed to make up a good day.

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Some pubs, such as the one where this aesthetic photo was taken, are absolutely worth checking out in the morning!

Next up on Maita’s latte journey: best latte in, Paris?

I was able to spend a weekend in this beautiful city and lucky for me, the coffee did not disappoint.  A fresh crepe and a warm latte are truly the best combination.

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Add a view of the Eifel Tower and it may feel like you’re living in a dream!

Swallow Coffee Shop

This cute little coffee is what’s known as a Piccolo latte.  Just as much espresso, not as much milk.

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Although I could drink this mini-latte in a couple of seconds, it’s perfect for a quick caffeine fix!

Mom and Dad, I promise that I am doing more in London than just drinking coffee! I can’t wait to see where these last couple of weeks brings me, hopefully to a few more coffee shops!

- Maita

Thanks Maita!

Maita's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.

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Topics: London, England, Food in London