Throughout my three years at University, I have made it my mission to try as many of South West London’s quirky and cute coffee hot spots as my student loan would allow.
There’s nothing quite like stealing a few moments away in a cosy coffee shop with a mug of your favourite bittersweet brew for company – and luckily London is literally brimming with an ever-growing number of independent coffee roasters and cafés.
From the lanes of Richmond upon Thames to Roehampton’s hidden gems – These places have been home to endless catch ups, study sessions and quick cappuccino pit-stops.
So, if you’re in need of a caffeine fix, then look no further. Here is my tried and tested Coffee Lover’s bucket list for South West London…
THE HIVE - 29 Roehampton Ln, SW15 5PJ
The Hive is an ethical and environmentally conscious coffee shop, built from old shipping containers, and is nestled at the heart of Roehampton University. Created and run by the University’s sustainable food programme, Growhampton, The Hive is the campus’s only independent food outlet and the perfect destination for a quick working lunch or post-lecture catch up.
Choose from wholesome lunch specials, delicious gluten free and vegan cakes as well as triple certified coffee that not only tastes good but does good too.
Go and treat yourself to a herbal tea or a chai latte… and don’t forget your reusable cup!
KISS THE HIPPO - 50 George St, Richmond TW9 1HJ
Arguably one of my favourite places of all time, Kiss the Hippo is Richmond’s go-to coffee spot. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t taken a trip to Richmond just for a Kiss the Hippo oat cappuccino! Inside its minimalistic white and red exterior, the coffee takes centre stage as it is sustainably sourced and roasted on site behind a huge glass wall for all to see.
The interior is elegant yet cosy with a mixture of bar stools and arm chairs over two floors. They also offer a great selection of cakes and pastries as well as brunch and salads, which cater to vegan, gluten free and dairy free diets.
LUPO BROS. - 313 Upper Richmond Rd, East Sheen, SW14 8QR
Lupo Bros. is the cosiest brunch and speciality coffee shop located in East Sheen and is the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend breakfast with friends.
Their beans are sourced locally and each coffee is ground and crafted in store. They also have an excellent selection of food to enjoy alongside your coffee – all day American pancakes and avocado on toast? yes please!
Lupo Bros. also have a lovely little garden space outside so you can eat your brunch and catch some rays at the same time.
MEGAN'S BY THE GREEN - 57-69 Parsons Green Lane, SW6 4JA
Megan’s by the Green is one of 8 beautiful locations across London serving up a Mediterranean inspired brunch and dinner menu as well as excellent cake and triple certified coffee. If you’re looking for an instagrammable spot – Megan’s should be on your radar. Blossom flowers and fairy lights drape across the ceiling and up the trellis on the periwinkle blue walls.
A stones throw from Kings Road, Chelsea, it’s the perfect place to rest up after a busy day of shopping!