What’s cooler than cool? Iced coffee! London Town is getting warmer and warmer, and when the weather’s hot, you don’t necessarily want a piping hot cappuccino or latte to get your caffeine fix right? Luckily for us, we’ve got some damn fine iced coffee here too at some of the city’s best coffee shops. So without further ado, here’s our rundown of 10 places to get the best iced coffee in London:
1. Ozone Coffee Roasters, Shoreditch and London Fields
Kicking off this roundup of the best iced coffee in London is a firm favourite of this author. Based in both Shoreditch and London Fields, Ozone are real experts in the coffee game, and both of their beautiful spaces are dedicated to the good stuff, with their own blends on sale both in store and online too.
They’ve got three different forms of iced coffee here, with a cold drip and a cold brew both being smart choices for when you’re looking to cool down with your caffeine. If you’re looking for something a bit different, go for the espresso tonic which is served with lime. Dedicated to being as sustainable as possible, they work with local providers in Ethiopia, Bolivia and Tanzania to source some of the best coffee around. It’s well worth the visit east for a cold one – trust us!
You’ll find Ozone Coffee Roasters on Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4AQ and on Emma Street, London Fields, E2 9AP. Nearest stations are Old Street and London Fields. Both locations are open 7.30am-4.30pm on weekdays and 08.30am-5.30pm on weekends.
2. Paper & Cup, Shoreditch
Paper & Cup is a beautiful, not-for-profit social enterprise created by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust – an East London-based charity that supports people in recovery from addictions, homelessness, and other complex needs. They sell cheap books, vintage clothing and some pretty great coffee here – including iced filter coffee – and all of their proceeds go to supporting people in need of recovery.
They also offer a training programme for those in recovery to ‘become the next generation of baristas’, so this is a really great place to go and enjoy a delicious iced latte.
You’ll find Paper & Cup at 18 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, E2 7JP. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street. It’s open from 10am-6pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 11am-5pm on Sundays.
3. Omotesando Koffee, Tottenham Court Road
Next on this roundup of the best iced coffees in London is a real hidden gem. Based right in the heart of Central London, Omotesando Koffee offers contemporary pine wood decor and some banging iced coffee to boot too.
As the name suggests, this boutique spot first opened its doors back in Tokyo, and since then they’ve opened up in Hong Kong, Singapore, and now – luckily for us – London. It’s all about the meticulous attention to detail here, and you’ll be able to see every step in the process of how your iced coffee is made. Make sure you compliment your cold brew with a kashi – a lip-smackingly good custard-based cake.
You’ll find Omotesando Koffee at 8 Newman Street, W1T 1PB. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road. It’s open from 7.30am-6pm on weekdays and 9am-5pm on weekends.
4. Panadera, Kentish Town
From the team that brought you Mamasons – the epic ‘dirty ice cream’ hailing from Manila – Panadera is a cute little bakery situated on the road from Camden to Kentish Town.
Also Filipino in origini, they whip up a whole host of sweet and savoury goodies such as egg and truffle sandos, mango floats and traditional Filipino milk buns. They also do a mean Strawberry iced latte, which is honestly as good as it sounds! For something slightly less sweet, go for the buko pan dan frapé, which is infused with refreshing coconut. Yum, yum.
You’ll find Panadera at 83 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NY. Nearest station is Camden Road. It’s open 7.30am-5pm daily.
5. Kaffeine, Fitzrovia
The owners of this beloved Central London coffee shop have certainly put a lot of thought into their menu. Each coffee found at Kaffeine comes in a specifically selected size ‘to reflect and respect the true flavours of the coffee’ – and the detail doesn’t stop there.
Their baristas are held to the highest standards – if you ever want to work there you’ll need at least three years of continuous experience – so you can expect that their iced lattes, nitro brews and iced cappuccinos are as good as you can get anywhere in the city. They also whip up an array of seasonal, fresh food and baked items, so this is a good bet if you’re a bit peckish too.
You’ll find Kaffeine at 66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QJ and 15 Eastcastle Street, W1T 3AY. Nearest stations are Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road. Both stores are open from 7.30am-5pm on weekdays, 8.30am-5pm on Saturdays and 9am-5pm on Sundays.
6. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Carnaby Street
Smack bang in the middle of the West End on Carnaby StreeT, the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs offers some of the best coffee you’ll find in Central London. Split over two levels, it’s an award-winning spot that comprises an espresso bar upstairs and a more comprehensive brew area downstairs.
On top of a mean iced coffee, they also do some pretty delicious pastries, toasties and even granola pots – perfect for fuelling you up for the day. Better yet, they source from over 200 single estate coffee farms around the world, so you know that you’ll get the best of the best here.
You’ll find the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs at 3 Lowndes Court, Carnaby Street, W1F 7HD. Nearest station is Oxford Street. It’s open 8am-5pm on weekdays, 9am-6pm on Saturdays and 11am-4pm on Sundays.
7. Planet Organic, various locations
With thirteen different stores dotted about London and no doubt more in the pipeline, Planet Organic has firmly established itself as one of the best places to go for coffee in London. Everything you see on their menu can be poured over ice – so technically everything here is an ‘iced coffee’ – and they have every milk alternative under the sun too.
For something a bit different, why not try an iced CBD oil coffee, a detoxifying superfood coffee or a turmeric latte? If that all sounds a bit scary, then they have regular iced coffee here too. Don’t panic!
You’ll find Planet Organic at various different locations in London. Opening times vary depending on the store, and you can find out more here.
8. The Monocle Café, Marylebone
Right opposite the famous Chiltern Firehouse – a firm fave among the celeb set – The Monocle Café is in a pretty swanky location. It continues this fashionista-type theme indoors too – after all this is brought to you from the team behind Monocle magazine, one of the world’s most celebrated lifestyle and global affairs magazines.
In terms of iced coffee, you’re pretty sorted here, as they’ve got everything from iced mochas and iced americanos to iced mochas and iced matcha lattes. They’ve also got one of the best carrot cakes you’ll find in town, so if that doesn’t persuade you, we don’t know what will!
You’ll find The Monocle Café at 18 Chiltern Street, W1U 7QA. Nearest station is Baker Street. It’s open from 7am-7pm on weekdays and 8am-7pm on weekends.
9. Grind, various locations
We’re sure you’re familiar with our penultimate entry on this roundup of the best iced coffee London has to offer. After all, Grind has eight different coffee shops dotted around the capital, so you’ve no doubt popped in one at some point in your life.
The good thing about Grind though is that three of their branches – Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Greenwich and Shoreditch – turn into damn fine cocktail bars which offer espresso martinis, coffee negronis and hot flat white russians. The iced coffee here ain’t bad too – at just £3.70, it’s one of the cheapest in town, and you can opt for soy, almond, oat or coconut milk too.
You’ll find Grind at various different locations in London. Opening times vary depending on the store, and you can find out more here.
10. Proud Mary’s, Shepherd’s Bush
Rounding off this list of the best iced coffee in London is a Kiwi-owned spot which specialises in all the delicacies you’d find down under. Based in Shepherd’s Bush, there are a whole range of goodies on offer here, but the iced coffee really is the jewel in its crown.
The speciality here is the iced ‘milo-saur’ – a quite frankly delectable concoction of New Zealand milo, condensed milk, Mortimer chocolate powder and a milk of your choice. Get yourself over to W12 to try it for yourself!
You’ll find Proud Mary’s at 1C Oaklands Grove, Shepherds Bush, W12 0JD. Nearest station is Shepherd’s Bush. It’s open from 8am-4pm on weekdays and from 8.30am-4pm on weekends.
So there you have it – the Secret London roundup of where to get the best iced coffee in London. So if the heat’s getting a bit much and you need a cold caffeine fix – you know where to go!
Also published on Medium.