Getting a cup of coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, not to mention entirely necessary for most of us to function but the costs can easily add up over time, especially with these London prices. So we’re very happy to report that someone has found the top 10 cheapest coffee and pastries within 600m of Zone One tube stations for a much-needed caffeine hit that won’t break the bank.
Flat whites still reign supreme as the UK’s favourite coffee order, being preferred by 22% of coffee drinkers, so it’s been used as the chosen coffee for this handy little study and a pain au chocolat as the chosen pastry. The study done by the team at Craft Doc has revealed that the average price across the shops examined is £6.10 so let’s see how the cheapest coffee shops in Zone One hold up in comparison.
So what’s the cheapest coffee and pastry that tops the list? That’ll be The Roasting in Pimlico which comes in at just £4.60 which is not bad at all considering the area as it neighbours the very bougie and very expensive Belgravia and Westminster. Coming in second is Arro Coffee at Bayswater which will run you £4.80 for a flat white and pastry, with two of its other branches also making it to the list; Arro Coffee in Green Park at fourth and its Queensway location at fifth. It’s safe to say that Arro Coffee are a good shout for some affordable coffee and some baked goods.
A surprising addition to the list is Grind in Old Street which comes in eighth at £4.90. Grind seems to be one of those more hip and trendy coffee shops in London so it’s a pleasant surprise to know that a trip there doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. With 80% of Brits visiting a cafe once a week and 16% indulging in a daily visit to a coffee shop, the table makes for a handy little tool if you’re in Zone One and needing a caffeine fix.
The study has also revealed the most convenient independent coffee shops for remote workers if you’re needing a place to hunker down and get productive. The checklist for this takes into account factors such as convenient location, strong reliable WiFi access, and good plug access. The coffee shops that have made it into the top three in descending order are Notes Coffee Roasters & Bar in Kings Cross, Notes Coffee Roasters & Bar in Victoria, and Kiss the Hippo Coffee in Oxford Circus.
So now you know the cheapest spots in Central London for a cup of coffee and pastry, whether it’s for a quick breakfast before heading into work, or you’re in need of some caffeine and a sweet treat.
To have a look at Craft Docs’ full study and findings, head here.