London's Oxford Street is an intense place. Intersecting Regent Street at Oxford Circus, it is home to many flag ship shops, and is a hugely popular shopping destination. Happily, some outstanding specialty coffee shops have established themselves around this highly commercial area. Read on to find out where to visit to take a load of and enjoy some excellent coffee.
Longer than it is wide, this cafe is the home of TAP and if you make it all the way to the back you'll see the roaster that powers their other shops. Great food selection, multiple choices of pour over filter and lots of space make this a great respite from Oxford St.
There are two Kaffeine cafes within a few minutes walk of each other. Both are excellent, but Eastcastle Street is a little closer to the shopping. A beautifully (and busy) fitted coffee shop adorned in copper and filament lights. Bustling but an experience in itself.
An Escher-esque chequerboard engulfs the bar, flitting across the floor and up the walls. A purple-themed grounding to an otherwise fantastical menagerie of decorated coffee equipment, this is an airy, ethereal setting. It is a welcome change from all the industrial steel and bare brickwork we’ve grown accustomed to. A broad range of food and drinks, with popular Matcha options, and good seating make this a great stop between shops.
Supporting the "Department Store" end of Oxford St, Workshop's Marylebone cafe has nuzzled itself into the corner of St. Christopher's place (yes, down that alley and you'll get there - we promise). Lots of seating for singles and couples, but a bit harder to make it work in a group. Excellent coffee as we've come to expect from Workshop.
In a world where ethical sourcing and nutritional awareness are key, Kin is king. A rotation of roasters are well prepared by experienced staff, the abundant food offering is vegan, often gluten free and boasting superfood credentials. Furthermore, the serving ware and interior is all sustainably sourced. The remarkable attention to detail within minimal surroundings is impressive.