Great Titchfield Street – The West End Coffee District Quintessential Gent 3 April, 2014 Soho, Shoreditch, Camden, name any cool area in London and you will be sure to find a Victorian quote describing it as dirty cesspit best avoided. Great Titchfield Street, located in Fitzrovia just off Oxford Street, is certainly no exception described in the 19th century as an area of “dirty shops and dingy private dwellings…where children never washed.” The street has somewhat cleaned up its act since then and is today home to a diverse range of media, fashion and photography studios. But the pride of the street is its array of independent coffee shops, and with the London Coffee Festival happening this, we’re getting in the caffeinated spirit by bringing you the best of them. The Attendant One of the most unique coffee shops you’re ever likely to find in London ‘The Attendant’ takes up it’s residence in a former Victorian toilet from the late 1800s. This would be enough to warrant a visit for most people but the cafe has much more to offer than it’s beautiful and unique surroundings with a staff seemingly obsessed with crafting the perfect cup of coffee. This comes with a price though, I’d love to comment on the rest of the menu but I loved the first flat white I had there so much that I haven’t been able to order anything but since! Scandinavian Kitchen The website for the Scandinavian Kitchen states, “It’s all about good food with love – from Scandinavia!” and we couldn’t of put it any better, a great little place with a welcoming atmosphere and a deliciously unusual selection of Nordic cuisine to boot. The open sandwiches, Danish pastries and brownies all come highly recommended, and they’re certainly no slouches when it comes to coffee either. The unique loyalty card is also a quirky touch with a half way stamp earning you a non-negotiable hug. This one probably appeals more to the male of the species as the Scandinavian theme stretches to the staff as well, ahem. Kaffeine A regular in Time Out ‘Best Coffee Shops’ lists and their ilk Kaffeine offers award winning coffee in beautifully designed and relaxing surroundings, perfect for those ten minutes or so you have to spare before work. The Australian/New Zealand owners have carried the cafe philosophy from their home countries to London with great results providing a little bit of the laid back spirit from down under with high standards of food and coffee that you just won’t get at Starbucks or Prett. Their detailed coffee philosophy tells you all you need to know about how dedicated these guys are to bringing you a brilliant tasting cup of joe. This ones for the coffee enthusiasts! Frank’s Coffee House If you like your coffee shops to be good old fashioned non nonsense affairs then Frank’s is the cafe for you. It may not have trendy cutting edge decor or tattooed baristas but it certainly boasts a great tasting cup of coffee and for a significantly cheaper price too. The lunch options are popular with the offices around the street and queues out the door are a common sight. It’s mostly tasty Italian grub but they also make sandwiches to order alongside an array of pastries and cakes.