Whether you need a caffeine fix, or you simply love to relax while taking in the flavours and aromas of a good cup of coffee, you never have to look far in London to get a hot drink.
A quick glance down any high street in the capital will surely give you a range of options for a steamy cup of Joe or a hand-crafted espresso drink. These range from high-street chains and greasy spoons to specialty shops where roasting and brewing the beans is a very carefully planned combination of art and science. The choice – and price point – for these tasty drinks is certainly varied, and there’s sure to be something to suit any preference.
If you’re a real coffee lover – then you might also want to consider heading to Shoreditch in East London for the annual London Coffee Festival. Here’s what you need to know:
The festival brings together some of the city’s finest coffee makers – and fans of the beverage – for a caffeine-fuelled extravaganza. There will be more than 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, as well as tasting and demonstrations, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, competitions and art exhibitions.
When is it?
The three-day event runs from April 6th to 8th, 2017. It’s open from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, and then from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Where is it?
The festival is taking place at the Old Truman Brewery, an arts and media quarter in the Shoreditch area of East London, just off the famous Brick Lane. The space is used for markets and events and has become particularly popular among foodies and artisans.
You can find the main entrance at 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR, and it can be easily reached by tube, rail or bus.
If you’re travelling on the Underground, the closest stations are (on the Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines), Aldgate (on the Circle and Metropolitan lines) and Aldgate East (on the District and Hammersmith & City lines). All of these stations are within easy walking distance of the festival, and if you’re staying at the Park Grand London Kensington, you’ll be able to travel Earl’s Court Tube station to Aldgate East in about half an hour.