Susan Ward Davies, Travel & Lifestyle Director
Drink, Shop Do
This may be primarily a quirky tea shop with retro furniture you can buy, fancy homemade cakes, craft sessions and a downstairs club but they don't skimp on the coffee either. Beans are from specialists Volcano Coffee Works http://volcanocoffeeworks.com/, who roast their (mostly Peruvian/South American) Arabica beans in small batches to preserve flavour density. Enjoy it out of pretty floral cups with a slice of rose & pistachio cake on the side
Former Victorian gents loo-turned-café, The Attendant has kept its original white tiles and ceramic urinals, at which you perch on bright green stools. Tiny, and rammed at lunch times, it is worth the squeeze for espressos with a kick, artisan sarnies and instagrammable surroundings.
26-27 Foley St, London W1W 6DY, 020 7637 3794, the-attendant.com, http://on.elleuk.com/1jepkeV
Look Mum No Hands
This cafe- cum- bike shop is brilliant for cyclists (like me) as you can sit back with a macchiato while the nice folk in the workshop sort your derailleur or fix your brake pads. Really good coffee (from Square Mile, squaremilecoffee.com) is served by a barista who knows his stuff and doesn't mind how fussy you are (double decaff espresso with hot milk and hot water on the side, since you ask). Drink with treats like toasted banana bread, crumpets or full-on breakfasts.
49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX, 020 7253 1025, lookmumnohands.com
Monmouth St Coffee Bouse, Covent Garden
Open since the 70s, the original Monmouth Coffee venue is housed in a tiny, Dickensian set of rooms, where you can taste sample shots of their exquisite coffee before buying. They don't roast here any more (you need to go to the Bermondsey shop for that now ), so Monmouth Street doesn't smell quite as glorious as it used to, but it should be on every coffee aficionado's hit-list.
Monmouth St Coffee House, 27 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9EU, 020 7232 3010
Fern Ross, Chief Sub-editor
Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market
I love Climpson & Sons, aka the world's trendiest coffee shop. Yes, it gets rammed when the market is on, but for good reason. Every weekend, I pop in and get a bag of beans ground for my cafetiere, to see me through the working week.
67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, climpsonandsons.com
Rebecca Lowthorpe, Editor ELLE Collections / Assistant Editor ELLE
Fernandez & Wells
Fernandez & Wells is the coffee shop equivalent of a Martin Margiela show: cool in-the-know crowd, plain wood and tiles décor, handsome, knowledgeable staff. The Flat Whites are served in white paper cups artfully stamped with FERNANDEZ & WELLS. All coffees are two shots - rich and round in flavour. The food is fantastic IF you eat carbs, and I can particularly recommend the fried egg sandwich organic bread and free-range eggs organic), sausage rolls, gigantic sandwiches.
73 Beak Street, London W1F 9SR, 020 7287 8124, fernandezandwells.com
Collette Lyons, Acting Content Director
I love Pitfield London a gorgeous interiors shop-slash-café. Just enough off- the- beaten Shoreditch track for it not to be permanently full, it does great cakes (the meringues are especially good) and fab coffee. And I rarely leave without buying something for my flat too.
31-35 Pitfield St, London N1 6HB, 020 7490 6852, pitfieldlondon.com
Miette Johnson, Art Director
The Shop NW10
This quirky local hangout serves chocolatey coffee that packs a punch. Administer with caution. Order: Cappucino
75 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3ND, 020 8969 9399, theshopnw10.com
Workshop Coffee Co.
Pint-size purveyors of interesting modern blends, the bigger Clerkenwell branch holds masterclasses for inquiring minds. It's like a science-lab for bean fans. New branch open in Holborn.
Order: Double Espresso
75 Wigmore Street, Marylebone W1U 1QD, 0207 487 4902, workshopcoffee.com
Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar
This friendly Soho starter has a heartfelt enthusiasm for all things caffeinated. Simple and to the point. Order: filter, or extra-shot cappucino
3 Lowndes Ct, London W1F 7HD
020 7434 3340, speakeasycoffee.co.uk
Monmouth Coffee Company
London's sweetheart has outposts in Seven Dials and Borough Market, but SE1 locals skip both and head to Maltby under the railway arches where Monmouth stores their motherload. The scent is intoxicating. Order: flat white
Maltby St, London SE1 3PA
020 7232 3010, monmouthcoffee.co.uk
Tonic Coffee Bar
This sleek, subway tiled in-and-out joint has a full menu of the classics, plus interesting filters that rotate regularly. Order: filter, cold-drip if it's on offer
15 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED, 0121 234 5678, toniccoffeebar.co.uk
The London Coffee Festival takes place this weekend in the Old Truman Brewery
15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR, londoncoffeefestival.com