Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

In case you haven't noticed, my goal here in London is to give you a good coffee and/or tea spot in every major part of the city. I am starting with the main touristy areas that you would most likely be in if you come for a visit. The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is a chain, but I want to mention the one in Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus, the "Times Square of London," is one of the most famous intersections on the planet connecting 5 major London streets whil

Yumchaa Soho

One of the first cafés my boyfriend brought me to here in London was Yumchaa in Soho. It was actually one of my first full days exploring London and I asked him for some proper tea. We were in the middle of sightseeing on Oxford Street and he said he knew a favorite local chain unique to London. So we walked just a short block south of Oxford Street (about halfway between the tube stations for Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road) and found this cute and white tea shop with

Whittard of Chelsea

If you've traveled to London even once or received gifts from London, you most likely have heard of Whittard of Chelsea. The most popular gift from the United Kingdom is tea and biscuits (shortbread cookies to me). Whittard of Chelsea started back in 1886 during a huge boom in the British tea industry. Now Whittard is widely known for its strong selection of teas, classic British teapots and cups, and beautiful packaging perfect for gifting. The tea you can get from here ofte

The Monocle Café

The Monocle Café is my favorite café in an upscale part of central London called Marylebone. When you walk in, there are beautiful sweets and snacks on display that remind me of most modern cafés back in LA. This means lots of matcha green tea desserts, flaky pastries and avocado savories. The café seems like a local favorite, especially for meet-ups. It has lots of seating on the upper and lower floor, mainly two-tops. Every time I go I see people in suits and business casua

Monmouth Coffee Company

Monmouth Coffee Company is my favorite coffee find in London so far. A lot goes into making the perfect cup of coffee or espresso. You need perfectly roasted beans, specific grinds, high quality water, creamy foamed milk, etc. Many places can do it well if they get even one step right. I feel Monmouth does all the steps right. Monmouth handpicks their beans and roasts in-house, which is a huge plus to me. Shows me they start from the beginning step themselves and ensure perfe

Surfin Cafe

I think it is about time I write about some favorite coffee and tea spots I have found here in the United Kingdom. I thought it best to start off with one closest to home that I visit at least once every week: Surfin Cafe. There are about 6 or so cafés in the middle of Biggleswade by the station. After trying each one, Surfin has everything I need in a local stop. Surfin has great homemade eats, such as sandwiches, cakes, and pastries. I was really excited to try local Englis

Alfred Coffee & Alfred Tea Room

Alfred Coffee + Kitchen But first, coffee. That is the tag line for the hipster coffee joint known as Alfred Coffee + Kitchen on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. Alfred represents everything that is hip in Los Angeles - great coffee, instagrammable artwork and space, and local support (they serve pastries and food from local favorites and partner with the next door neighbors Compartes Chocolate to offer unique desserts). Alfred can get pretty busy on Sundays with the local fa