Which London Coffee chains to choose from?

Ok, so to choose the best one from the most popular London Coffee Chains is not a light topic to tackle. And I have to give you a heads up as well that as a coffee drinker I am definitely not your regular latte or cappuccino drinker. On the contrary I always go for the pure double espresso cup and evaluate the pure taste with no milk, no foam, no sweetener – just two sugars. 

I meticulously evaluate bitterness, aroma, colour even texture – so you may guess correctly there are not a lot of places that meet my criteria.

However, I also regularly get questions from friends visiting London where shall we go for a coffee. Well, this is for sure one of the cities where you will definitely be spoiled for choice. You only need perseverance and I am sure you will find your cup of coffee out there. Hence I am starting this section on London coffee chains places, with the main goal to offer options for various tastes and interests. Let’s start with the most popular coffee chains in London and where and how to find them. And later we will move to more quirky and peculiar coffee places. 

Top Four London Coffee Chains

1. costa coffee

Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee was founded in London in 1971 by the Costa family, and currently is a British multinational coffeehouse company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Whitbread. It has gone global, spreading in over 31 countries and now has presence as far as China, Singapore, Korea and Dubai. It is the second largest coffeehouse chain in the world behind Starbucks and the largest in Britain. I think we love this chain so much for the right balance between the southern European flavours and atmosphere and fast paced service.

Costa Coffee offers loyalty program, and I’d recommend to sign up in order to take full advantage of special offers and protect your balance. In order to claim a free drink you need to earn 215 points (115 after the 100 joining bonus). Customers get FREE unlimited Wi-Fi. If you want to quickly find the nearest Costa Coffee, just use their store locator:  

Costa Coffee Store Locator
Costa Coffee

Favourite spot to visit in cenral London : Piccadilly Street.

2. starbucks coffee

Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee shops can be found literary on every high street in London. Regardless of the season, you will always find warm or cold choices that can give you extra energy to continue with the city exploration. If you are lucky to visit London in October, you have a chance to try the Pumpkin Spice Latte – cinnamon, nutmeg and clove combined under a hood of frothy sweetened whipped cream.

If you join Starbucks Rewards Program you can start accumulating points, and get free drinks. If you prefer to pay for your coffee and redeem loyalty rewards at the same time, then it would be a good idea is to use their Starbucks® app for iPhone | Android and Windows 10. You would need to buy 15 cups of latte at (roughly) £2.60 per cup to get a free drink.

Favourite spot to visit in cenral London : Covent Garden.

You can save yourself extra blisters of looking around for London coffee chains by just using this store locator to find the closes Starbucks. Just allow access to your location and you will get quickly the nearest options. One plus which attracts the crowds to their stores is the FREE Wi-Fi.

Starbucks Store Locator
Starbucks Pumpin Spiced Latte

3. Caffè Nero

Caffè Nero Coffee

Caffè Nero (Italian for black coffee) is a European style coffee house brand with headquarters in London. It was founded in 1997 by Gerry Ford. Currently, the company runs more than 700 coffee houses worldwide and is established in seven countries: the UK, Ireland, Poland, Cyprus, Turkey, the UAE and the United States. They also offer a stamp system whereby you get a stamp for every drink purchase. If you buy 9 drinks you get your 10th drink for free. You can find the nearest Caffè Nero if you use their locator

Favourite spot to visit in cenral London : London Big Ben.

You can save yourself extra blisters of looking around for a cafe shop, by just using this store locator to find the closes Starbucks. Just allow access to your location and you will get quickly the nearest options. One plus which attracts the crowds to their stores is the FREE Wi-Fi. 

Hot Chocolate Nero Coffee
Caffè Nero Store locator

3. Caffè Nero

Pret A Manger Coffee

Pret A Manger opened in Hampstead, London, in 1984 and now it has spread its wings not only in the UK, but also the United States, Hong Kong, France and United Arab Emirates. This is not your typical coffee chain as the menu includes sandwiches, baguettes, pots and desserts, cold drinks, hot drinks, crisps and bakery items, as well as sushi, salads, soups, and cakes. But if you decide to take an early walk on the streets of London, you will see the morning office crowds rushing in to take their daily dosage of caffeine and munch away all-butter croissants or my favourite one – the pretzels. Their loyalty program says that you would need to get 8 stamps on your loyalty card to claim your free drink. FREE Wi-Fi is a must here, as this is the place where the office crowds are trying to catch up on emails and relax at the same time. You can find the nearest Pret a Manger if you use this locator:

Pret a Manger Store locator

So, did you find the coffee shop you liked? Tell us which one is your favourite coffee and which London spot you liked the most.