4 Great Places in London for a Coffee and a Walk

Explore the capital whilst trying some fantastic coffee.

Perhaps you are in lockdown as you read this so the chance to go to the pub or sit inside a coffee shop, or do pretty much anything other than aimlessly wander around the streets, is off the cards ... or perhaps the weather is too good to be stuck indoors so you are after somewhere to take a nice walk and grab a coffee or two along the way. Consider visiting one of these areas.

Putney

Take a stroll along the Thames in one of London's most affluent areas. Whilst there are a few places you can grab a takeaway coffee along the river, I recommend visiting Lower Richmond Road, a block South of the river bank where you can find a cluster of decent coffee shops, what I call the "Putney-Coffee-Triangle". Comprising of 3 great cafes all with arms reach of each other: Smugglers Cafe, Social Brew Cafe and 79 Collective.

Once you have your Coffee, you can head West along the South bank of the river towards Barnes along the wooded path, or along the North bank towards Hammersmith. Alternatively you can head East along the South bank to the pleasant Wandsworth Park.

Seven Dials

What was once one of London's most notorious slums, Seven Dials is today known for its quaint, cobbled streets lined with boutique shops. Nestled between the exquisite Covent Garden and trendy Soho, one can spend a good hour or two exploring the area.

Coffee Island and Monmouth Coffee are great options to pick up a good quality coffee. Another good option hidden away in Neal's Yard is Jacob the Angel.

If one ventures into Covent Garden, there are 2 new Coffee Shops to the area that are worth a visit. Try some well-mannered coffee at London's own The Gentleman Barista's or visit Japanese Speciality Coffee brand %Arabica, to see what may be the most attractive coffee shop in the capital.

Southbank

This stretch of the Thames between Westminister Bridge and London Bridge is one of the safest bets for a nice riverside walk in the capital. Passing by Big Ben, St Pauls, Shakespeare Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, the river path has plenty to offer.

I usually start at Waterloo and finish at Borough Market, however it can of course be done in reverse. There are great options for Coffee at either end, but not many options in between, so I would recommend visiting either Coleman Coffee Roasters or Four Corners Cafe in Waterloo or Monmouth Coffee or the Gentlemen Barista's in Borough to pick up a takeaway coffee before and/or after the walk.

If the markets are open then the popular Borough Market is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat near London Bridge. If you are at the Waterloo side the lesser known Southbank Centre Food Market is a great option.

Regents Park & Primrose Hill

What was once Henry VIII's hunting ground is now a favourite for locals and visitors to spend an afternoon playing sport or relaxing.

If you enter from the North you could also visit Camden lock and grab a coffee from One Shot Coffee or the Coffee Jar. If you are visiting primrose hill the Little One Coffee Shop is a great place to grab a takeaway coffee.

At the Southern end of Regents Park you have Saint Espresso on Baker Street which offers speciality coffee from its Hackney Roastery. If you fancy strolling further south into the city your could visit The Monocle Cafe.

As the evening approaches why not grab a seat on primrose hill to watch the sunset over the city.

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