Planning to pop out to afternoon tea or a quick coffee this week and not sure where to go? Well, our definitive guide to the best coffee shops and tea rooms in west London can help!
TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the top coffee shops across the capital - based on their customer reviews - so here's the top 10 in our area:
Chairs and Coffee, Fulham
A quirky, Italian-inspired coffee shop decorated with chairs all over the walls. Fresh, proper coffee and great service is the reason Chairs and Coffee, Fulham, have bagged the top spot.
A reviewer from TripAdvisor said: “I have lived in London for quite some time and always griped about how difficult is to find good coffee. I came in by chance one day and I must say I now come here at least five times a week, it's just that good!”
512 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5NJ – 020 7018 1913
Drink Me Eat Me, Hammersmith
Gorgeous doll-house inspired tea shop with a huge selection of cake, sweet treats and tea. They also make bespoke cakes for special occasions.
One reviewer said: “I booked Drink Me Eat me for my daughter's party and it was fabulous. Service was impeccable, food fab and the girls had sooooo much fun. Thank you Drink Me Eat Me!”
250-252 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0SP – 020 7998 0073
Paperback Coffee, Ealing
Relax and enjoy a coffee and a book in this quirky Ealing café.
A reviewer from TripAdvisor said: “Lovely atmosphere for book lovers! Great choice of handmade cakes. Staff very kind. Cheap books!”
153 South Ealing Road, Ealing, W5 4QP
Brownie Box, Brompton
A huge range of brownies, muffins and cakes means The Brownie Box will be a hit among sweet tooths, with a triple-chocolate blondie brownie to die for. They also sell special Easter cakes, so get down there soon!
One reviewer said: “This is hands-down my favourite shop for guilty pleasures! The recipes are original and all the treats taste like they've been prepared especially for you. Run by a very friendly family, there is a personal touch to this cosy, quirky shop. And the brownies truly are the best I've ever had, with a variety of flavours to choose from.”
247 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 9HP – 020 7373 9111
Electric Coffee Company, Ealing
'A nod towards the industrial age', the Electric Coffee Co. use fresh coffee beans and artisan roasters to make their espresso.
A TripAdvisor reviewer said: “I like to sample coffee around London and was pleasantly surprised when I visited Electric Coffee by chance. The hot chocolate and flat white were both REALLY REALLY nice and reasonably priced.”
40 Haven Green, London, W5 2NX – 020 8997 8338
Papa Gateaux, Harrow
A French-inspired café in Harrow with fresh pastries and cakes.
One reviewer said: “This is a fantastic café. Food is delicious, great atmosphere and really well decorated. The owners are amazing people, very cheery and hospitable. We are very lucky to have a genuine café like this!”
4 Cumberland Court, 4 Princes Dr, Harrow, HA1 4UD – 020 3602 0767
The Muffin Man Tea Shop, Kensington
A quaint old-English tea shop that sells loose-leaf tea and traditional, freshly-prepared cakes and pastries.
A Tripadvisor reviewer said: “If you are near High Street, Kensington, forget the chain coffee shops and experience a taste of England. This tea shop is great for light lunches and breakfasts. It keeps the traditional 'Tea Shop' feel and has a great range of cakes and light meals.”
12 Wrights Lane, London, W8 6TA – 020 7937 6652
Blanche Eatery, Kensington
Top-quality fresh coffee, cakes and pastries created in a special patisserie kitchen. They pride themselves on fresh ingredients and change the menu according to the season. This chain also operates in Hammersmith.
One reviewer said: “It was recommended to me by a French friend of mine who lives in London. They have a beautiful display of salads and vegetables with some meat and fish options too, also a nice display of cupcakes and desserts.”
32b Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4HA – 020 8617 9646
Talkhouse Coffee, Shepherd's Bush
An exciting café at the end of Portobello Road, Shepherd's Bush, offering a selection of filter coffees from locations all over the world.
A reviewer from TripAdvisor said: “Talkhouse Coffee was one of our favourite finds in London! As coffee drinkers from Australia it was great to find a place that serves a 'Melbourne coffee'. We enjoyed sitting in the lovely, quiet courtyard, reading our papers, receiving good service with a funky atmosphere - almost like home.”
275 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR – 020 7221 8992
The Hive SW6, Fulham
Fresh juice, breads and pastries, and serving brunch on the weekends makes The Hive SW6 a perfect place for any foodie.
One reviewer said: “I must say that travelling around the world and eating in so many places this was the best brunch ever.”
670 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5RX – 020 7736 1118