A Coffee Festival Is Coming To London And Here’s What You Need To Know

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A giant coffee fest is coming to east London in April, and if you’re not buzzing already, you certainly will be.

London Coffee Festival is returning to The Old Truman Brewery for its eighth year and, frankly, we’re buzzing. Immerse yourselves in the world of coffee and celebrate London’s vibrant coffee culture with various tastings, talks and workshops, all to the soundtrack of lovely live DJs and musicians.

It’s already Europe’s largest gathering of coffee fans – with 250 exhibitors and 35,000 visitors – but 2018 is set to be its biggest year yet. It’s definitely the place to go if you’ve got a latte on your mind.

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With so much going on across the four days, it’s important to plan your trip so you don’t miss out on the best bits. Here’s what to look out for while you’re browsing, coffee in hand:

The Espresso Martini Party

Kicking things off on the Friday evening, there’ll be a giant party to celebrate the beloved espresso martini. Expect live DJ sets and a healthy flow of espresso and flat white martinis. Don’t stress if you’re not around for the party though, the Espresso Martini Bar will be open every day throughout the festival.



Latte Art Live

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Get involved in various demonstrations and workshops, and learn how to perfect the majestic coffee swan.

The Lab

Visit The Lab for live demonstrations, workshops, talks and tastings, all hosted by experts in the industry.


Coffee Masters Competition


Over the four days, twenty world-class baristas will battle it out in a series of knock-out competition rounds – all for the prestigious title of Coffee Master.

La Cimbali Sensory Bar

Take an immersive trip around the world with La Cimbali’s sensory experience. You’ll be shown three stand-out coffees, three different ways.

Street Food Market

Spice Box 👆

Coffee is great, but food is also important. Expect the likes of Arancini Brothers, Crabbieshack and SpiceBox showing off their fantastic grub.

Location: The Old Truman Brewery. Nearest stations are Liverpool Street, Old Street and Shoreditch High Street. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: The festival is open to the public on the 13th (evening only), 14th and 15th April 2018. Morning session (10.00 – 1300); lunch session (13.00 – 16.00); evening session (16.00 – 19.00). 12th and 13th April are for trade only.
Price: Tickets start at £14.50 and you can get them here.
More information: from the London Coffee Festival website.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.

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