On what was possibly the wettest day I have ever experienced in London, the Street Gentry team set out with one simple ‘new original’ mission; our Italian Job – to find the very best coffee in central London.

We teamed up with MINI to make this new original, inspired by the Italian Job’s famous scenes weaving through the streets of Turin, so we thought we’d try the same on an early Saturday morning from Notting Hill to Soho. Our mission at the end was black gold not bullion, as we set off to find the very best coffee London had to offer.

We kept it simple, only ever ordering one Espresso and one Cappuccino (and maybe a few pastries, brownies, muffins, sandwiches oh and a baguette) so that we couldn’t get distracted by the many other coffee styles available and could build a strong comparison between each place. 

Timberyard

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Timberyard

7 Upper St Martin’s Lane,Seven Dials, WC2H 9DL

First stop for us and our new original MINI was Timberyard (Seven Dials), recommended by one of the Gentry as he works just around the corner. The place has a fantastic atmosphere, with a range of customers; tourists who have gotten lost, to freelancers and students using the space and enjoying some fantastic coffee.

On to the reason we are here- we were really spoilt by just how good the coffee is here, and on our first stop off on the Italian Job! The balance and full of flavour of both of our test coffees got a reassuring nod, and we even got to try the brownies which are out of this world.

Our Rating

Espresso – 5/5

Cappuccino – 4/5

 

HT Harris

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H.T. Harris

41 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PG

We couldn’t really feature a best coffee in London post without including one of the amazing picks on Great Titchfield Street. In fact, earlier this year we wrote a whole post on the best places to go on the The West End Coffee District.

If you can forgive the cliché, HT Harris really does feel like a little slice of Italy in the middle of London. With queues out of the door being a regular sight during the lunchtime rush, we were lucky with our timing on a drizzly Saturday morning and had the cafe pretty much to ourselves.

With our ‘Italian Job’ mission in mind it made perfect sense to have a quick continental lunch from an establishment locally renowned for its authentic Italian grub. Of course every Italian worth his salt tops off the morning with a swift, strong espresso, and who are we to argue? When in Rome do as the Romans do!

Our Rating

Espresso – 4/5

Cappuccino – 4/5

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Foxcroft & Ginger

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Foxcroft & Ginger

3 Berwick Street, Soho. London W1F 0DR

Third up was Foxcroft & Ginger, a great little find in the heart of Soho. Feeling slightly caffeine rich by now, but we pushed on with on with mission.

Things really started to feel like we were on our Italian Job as we were lead down in a dimly lit basement, by now hunger was setting in and we treated ourselves to brunch, it was amazing! We had tried variety of the food on offer my personal pick was their meat breakfast served in pipping hot dish.

The Coffee was also great with, not to much ponse but great full of flavours.

Our Rating

Espresso – 3/5

Cappuccino – 4/5

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Artigiano

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Artigiano

104 New Oxford St, London WC1A Sounds classy and is classy. With a dimly lit interior and comfortable seating, Artigiano has the perfect ambience for a daytime coffee date. With a broad range of coffee and freshly made food, there’ll certainly be enough to keep you satisfied. As the day progresses (and the date gets better, hopefully!) you can move on to the hard stuff and sample the bustling range of wines, cocktails and beers on offer.

Our Rating

Espresso – 3/5

Cappuccino – 4/5

 

It’s not all about London

Our followers also came up with some fantastic recommendations from around the world. We’ll be adding to this post over the next couple of weeks so let us know if you have further recommendations using the #streetgentry on twitter!

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Manchester

Joe Pack – “I live in Manchester and by far the best coffee is from the cafe Takk!!!! It is amazing!! I am a really critical coffee lover but Takk never fail to please me. I’d highly recommend you go check them out!!”

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Brighton

WilsonTommo – “Small batch is the only place to get coffee in Brighton.”

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L.A

Ties.com – “We like Handsome Roasters, Stumptown Coffee, and Intelligentsia coffee.”
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Top Ten Driving Songs

Top Ten Driving Songs

MINI also sent over their top ten driving songs for us to test out on the MINI’s amazing entertainment system. We thought we would add them here to see if you agree:

  1. Don’t stop me now – Queen
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  3. Bat out of hell – Meatloaf
  4. Don’t stop Believin’ – Journey
  5. Dancing Queen – Abba
  6. Hotel California – The Eagles
  7. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  8. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  9. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
  10. I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers

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