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Wake up and Smell the Coffee Culture


Coffee and hot chocolate at Jimmy and the Bee, Goswell Road. Photo credit: Jessie Williams

Today around one in five people visit a coffee shop on a daily basis in the UK.

Proof – if it was needed – that coffee shops are continuing their ascension to infinite heights. This is partly due to the expansion of global coffee chains, à la Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero. However many people are choosing to avoid the generic coffee houses, in favour of independent ones. A poll found that 21 per cent of consumers prefer to get their caffeine fix in a more ‘individual’ environment.

Islington is a prime example of the growing trend; walk down almost any street in the borough and you will stumble upon at least one independent coffee shop – from quirky hipster cafés to artisan coffee specialists.

I went on a hunt around Islington to find the perfect cuppa and spoke to three baristas about the art of coffee-making and why independent coffee shops are best…


Jimmy and the Bee

The interior of Jimmy and the Bee. Photo credit:

Jimmy and the Bee

135 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7JY

Open Monday – Friday; 7am – 6pm, Saturday; 9am – 6pm, Sunday; 10am – 5pm





Caravan photo credit Exmouth Market

Caravan. Photo credit:

11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD

Open Monday – Friday; 8 – 11.30am, 12 – 10.30pm, Saturday; 10am – 4pm, 5 – 10.30pm, Sunday; 10am – 4pm






Brill. Photo credit:

27 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL

Open Monday – Friday; 7.30am – 6pm, Saturday; 9am – 6pm, Sunday; 10.30am – 5pm






This post was originally published on St John Street News.


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