14 best coffee shops in London to take your date this Valentine’s Day

Coffee dates are an ideal choice for a first date. However, here at UK Coffee Week we are convinced that grabbing a delicious cup of coffee is perfect for any stage in the dating journey. Forget about the lengthy dinners, silent cinema screenings and chilly walks in the park (who does that in the middle of February?), go for a great cup of coffee instead.

So, without further ado, let us take you on a tour of our top 14 Valentine Day’s coffee spots in London!

Central London

1.       Kaffeine, Fitzrovia

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Located in the heart of Fitzrovia and just a three-minute walk from Oxford St. Kaffeine is one of the top coffee spots in London and if you’ve been there before, you’ll know why. With a beautiful wood interior, amazing coffee and food made fresh on site, your valentines date is sure to be impressed. There is also a second Kaffeine just a five-minute walk away on Eastcastle street, just in case you can’t get enough Kaffeine.

2.       Timberyard, Covent Garden 

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This incredible coffee spot is sure to impress your valentines date. Located not far from Covent Garden, this bright and comfortable café has everything you need, atmosphere, great coffee and food, and very comfortable. They have even been awarded  a UK Independent  Coffee Shop of the Year ‘Gold’ Café Life Award for 2017 so be sure to check them out and find out why.

3.       Caravan, Kings Cross 

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This amazing coffee shop is located inside a monolithic former granary. It’s unabashed use of concrete and other reclaimed materials give it an industrial atmosphere on a grand scale. An excellent brunch and cocktail menus make this the perfect place for valentines.

North London

4.       Tintico, Finchley 

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This north London coffee shop is just a two-minute walk from the Finchley station and couldn’t be more amazing.  Big windows give it a bright and beautiful atmosphere and food coffee that will make you smile. Tintico is an excellent choice any day of the year, but this valentine’s day it could be the perfect place to go to with that special someone.

5.       Velasquez and van Wezel, Crouch End

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This beautiful coffee shop off Park Road in Crouch End is the perfect place to take your valentines. If you’re looking for great coffee and a simple and cosy space to spend time hanging out and getting to know each other, look no further.

6.       Vagabond N7, Highbury 

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From the first step through the door you can tell that this coffee shop is special. From the beautiful unfinished design to the amazing coffee, you’re sure to impress your valentine with a date at this exceptional coffee shop.

South London

7.       The Gentlemen Baristas, Southbank 

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Around the corner from London Bridge is a fun place to go to if you feel you’ve seen it all and want to experience something new. There is a lot of space to sit down, relax and chat with a very cosy room at the back should you want to keep it a bit more private.

8.       Stir coffee, Brixton 

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Looking to stir that special someone’s heart this valentine’s day? What better place than Stir coffee in Brixton. With great coffee, delicious food and an amazing view, Stir Coffee is the perfect location for your valentines.

9.       Flotsam and Jetsam, Wandsworth Common 

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Looking for someplace a little bit different from the rest? In that case, this Antipodean-style café may be the perfect choice. Taking your valentine to brunch at Flotsam and Jetsam is sure to be a hit. They were also the winner of the Time Out ‘Love London’ award for 2018. Once you’re done brunching, go for a romantic stroll on Wandsworth common. 

West London

10.       Farm Girl Café, Notting Hill

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Located on Portobello road, this place specialises in delicious and healthy food inspired by Australian cuisine. Not only is the location beautiful, the food and coffees are as well. Just make sure to get there early as they can fill up quickly.

11.       Cable Co, Kensel Rise

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Cable co is right by the Kensel Rise station. This coffee spot has gone all in with a factory theme, fully decked out with concrete, timber, and black tiling contrasting with copper lamp shades. Maybe a bit more atmospheric than your typical date spot, but we’re sure if you give it a try, you will love it.

East London

12.       White Mulberries, St Katherine's Docks

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You certainly cannot go wrong with a venue overlooking the beautiful St Katherine Docks! Winner of London’s Best Coffee Shop 2014 and considered a favourite place for a cup of coffee by many, its main advantages are its amazing location and friendly staff. It’s outdoor seating will reward you with an outstanding view, should the weather be nice!

13.       Craving Coffee, Tottenham

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Craving Coffee resides in a refurbished industrial unit which gives the place an incredible amount of charm. Not only do they serve speciality coffee & tea, craft beer, boutique wines and cocktails, but make sure to check out their seasonal brunch & lunch menu, perfect for a valentine’s date.  

14.       The Canvas Café, Spitalfields

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The Canvas Café has everything you could want; mismatched furniture, delicious homemade meals, gluten free cookies and vegan cakes.  It’s the perfect place, if you’re looking for a for a bright and cosy café where you can spend some time with your valentine.

If you still don’t feel satisfied and feel like you want to up the game, then there is only one thing left to do: a coffee shop crawl. Spend a day drinking delicious coffee in as many of these stunning locations across London. Get to know your date and their coffee drinking habits. After all, is there anything more important?

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Let our UK Coffee Week team know where you’ll be via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. 

MONIN: UK Coffee Week 2019 Official Syrup Sponsors

We are excited to announce that MONIN will be our official flavour sponsors for UK Coffee Week 2019.

MONIN has been producing premium flavoured syrups in Bourges, France, for over a century, using only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world. With over 100 flavours ranging from classics like Vanilla and Hazelnut to new varieties such as Tonka Bean and Popcorn, there really is a flavour for everyone.

During 2019, MONIN will be adding flavour to the UK Coffee Week campaign by providing delicious recipes for independent coffee shops to make the most out of their fundraising. Recipes will include the amazing Salted Caramel syrup, which can be used in anything from cake to coffee cocktails. 

We are thrilled to be supporting UK Coffee Week and Project Waterfall this year. Through this partnership, and with the help of coffee shops across the country, we hope to make a real and positive impact on coffee growing communities.
— Edina Smith, Trade Marketing Manager

With MONIN’s support as official syrup sponsor for UK Coffee Week 2019, Project Waterfall will be able to reach even more people in coffee growing counties with clean drinking water and sanitation.