Hands up who is needing coffee to get through this week after the bank holiday? Us too. Coffee has its humble roots as a popular drink in 15th Century Yemen, originally used for staying awake for religious rituals. Well, flashforward to the 21st Century and coffee has fast become the best friend of the perpetually tired and occasionally hungover. Coffee has not just become a popular drink, it has taken on a life of its own, with coffee chains relentlessly lining every high street to give people their caffeine fixes. But here at the South London Club, we think it’s the hidden gems on the high street that provide the best roast, rather than Starbucks or Costa. Thus our guide to getting coffee at the best independents was born. We’ve got you covered for every sort of day. Those days when you’re dashing along the London streets, takeaway coffee cup in hand, the days when you’re tapping away on your laptop in the window of an indie coffee shop, sipping on a latte and even the days you’re downing espressos at a rate to rival teenagers in Ibiza. So without further ado, it’s time to find your new favourite cup of coffee in South London. Expect latte art photos that will make your mouth water.
With the onslaught of pubs now serving hot drinks, and an increasing number of cafés serving alcoholic beverages, the lines between what constitutes a pub and what constitutes a café have become blurred. The stipulation as to what the establishment serves is important – café does derive directly from the French for coffee after all. The best we can to describe a café is to say that you know you’re in a café when you’re in one. Clapham is a natural place for cafés and Clapham Common is a perfect place for people watching, and therefore a perfect place for a cafés. With that in in mind we only thought it right to compile a list of our 5 favourite cafés in Clapham.