Before my most recent trip to London I mapped out a handful of coffee shops that I really wanted to visit. On the very top of my list was the Shoreditch Grind; and it just so happened that we were staying only a few blocks away at The Hoxton.
It was a Monday or Tuesday morning, I cannot remember. But we decided to pop into the Shoreditch Grind for an early lunch before we set off to go sightseeing. My boyfriend had never been to London, so naturally, I was tasked with playing tour guide. When we walked in, the place was super packed. I quickly grabbed the last table I could find and then we went up front to order.
There are two things in this world I cannot resist: coffee and a pastel de nata. When I saw that the Shoreditch Grind had fresh pastel de natas, I wanted to order five. Instead I ordered a single pastel de nata, a latte, and a fried chicken sandwich. So much restraint!
Our meals ended up taking a really long time to come out. The manager (or owner, I’m not sure) came over and let us know that they burned my chicken so they were remaking it and that’s what was taking forever. He refunded us for the meal, which was insanely kind of him. Even though the meals took forever to come out, the customer service was amazing and I appreciated him communicating with us and ultimately refunding us. That just doesn’t happen anymore!
The sandwich was really good and my pastel de nata even better. I also highly recommend this place for their amazing coffee! I even picked up a canister of their beans, which are roasted locally in Shoreditch. It helped that they had a cute millennial pink packaging and all their tables featured the canister at the center. I thought the can would be great to re-use!
The Shoreditch Grind has one of the cutest interior vibes in the area. All of the tables are marble (and you know how I feel about marble tables). There are bar tops that run along the inside parameter and have a view of passerbys outside. The back area where you order has a backdrop of white brick and features a neon sign, an interior element that’s really having its moment right now.
One of my favorite things about their branding and interior vibe were their red coffee cups contrasted with the lighter tones of white and pink. It’s definitely unique and it makes for really great photos. The rest of the cafe has this grungy English vibe that I love. They did an amazing job of keeping a bit of the foundation’s originality while contrasting it with fresh paint and modern touches.
For a few more interesting facts, here is what their website says:
“Adding an international-grade recording studio upstairs in 2012, and a full kitchen in 2015, today it serves coffee, food and cocktails up to 18 hours a day. Coming back to our roots, we’re now also roasting coffee just around the corner, at Grind HQ in the heart of Shoreditch, and you can now buy our coffee tins online.”
Later on that day when we were out and about in London, I got a chance to stop in at the SOHO Grind. Much smaller, but also super cute. All the Grinds really have a neat vibe and upbeat decor.
This place is perfect if you are looking for a charming cafe in London to either sit and enjoy a coffee or grab a bite to eat. It will give you the quintessential old grungy London vibe, but with amazing food and atmosphere. I cannot recommend this place enough!
What do you think of the Shoreditch Grind?