I don’t know how to work a coffee machine and can’t mix a drink to save my life, but I when it comes to finding a good London latte spot, I can say that I do know what I’m talking about;) My favourite coffee is the quirky coconut latte; I’m obsessed with it because of how fragrant and naturally sweet it is, but there aren’t many a pretty London latte spot which will make you a coffee that’s as delicious as it is Instagramable.
But who says we need many spots?
Call me a creature of habit, but when I find a place which creates for me that perfect drink or meal, I become an instant regular. My love affair with The Fine Cheese Co started a couple of years before I thought of it as an ideal London latte spot- it was actually my favourite cheese cafe (and still is;)! When I celebrated my birthday at Belmond Le Manoir, The Fine Cheese Co was my cake supplier- they’d made me a beautiful cheese cake (literally) and hand-delivered it to the Hotel. It was magical and also very delicious.
I used to drink tea all the time at The Fine Cheese Co, until the day I brought my coffee-obsessed sibling Andrew along with me and- gasp!- I had my first coffee.
It was life changing.
The kind staff had made my latte with my favourite coconut milk, Rude Health, and as the scent of Raffaello chocolate waffled out from the pretty cup, I eyed the drink with a sort of dread, for I knew it would be over within 30 seconds of my first sip. Luckily we took some photos in between the first and last sips and so the 30 seconds it normally takes for me to finish my drink moved up to something a little bit more lengthy (a little…)
It was a surprisingly warm London day so I’d gone with my white Chanel shirt and paired it with dark jeans and a cosy jumper. Hilariously, having overslept I was completely bewildered from the moment I was shaken awake by my alarm, and only when Andrew and I arrived at The Fine Cheese Co and finally sat down did it hit me how much I blended in with the cafe! I was still a little dreary pre-coffee and the jumper proved to be very good for snuggling into hahah.
Of course, there was no napping possible with such a tempting distraction in front of me.
After several more cups of coffee (are you even surprised?), Andrew and I decided to (finally!) leave and use our newfound hyper-ness to head over to South Kensington, where we were hoping to explore the V&A Museum, which Andrew had never been to before. Along the way we passed gorgeous The Ivy, another favourite London latte spot, and it took a lot of willpower to avoid the temptation of even more coffee!
Finally we reached the V&A as the lights were twinkling on all around South Kensington, and we slipped inside for a dose of-
no, luckily not more coffee-
We did have more coffee afterwards though, rest assured.