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Alchemy

Alchemy

Coffee Shop££££
City of London, London
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    James M.
    "Top notch for coffee geeks."(4 Tips)
    Bassim
    "Fantastic aeropressed coffee."(3 Tips)
    Jo R.
    "Knowledgable friendly staff and good coffee"(2 Tips)
    Lee H.
    "some say the best espresso in London!"(2 Tips)
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  • M W.heart icon on user image
    M WJanuary 15, 2015
    Excellent espresso served by people who really care about coffee. Accompanied by a good food selection like salt beef bagels. Cool location too in one of the small alleyways of the City.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
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    DanisMarch 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Definetly among the top 3 espressos that I ever had. Wonderful flavour and body balance from their own roasting. The minimalist design and the quite atmosphere are also spot on. Must try. 9.5/10
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhillipsNovember 2, 2015
    The best espresso in London? Quite possibly. Very friendly staff, keen to share their passion for great coffee. Lots of different brew options, and choice of beans. Superb.
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    Hayden 👋🏻March 5, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Arguably the best coffee in London (maybe 2nd to Taylor St). The definition of coffee snobbery, so don't ask for soy or sugar.
  • Anastasia
    AnastasiaMay 31, 2015
    Nice little coffeeshop not far from St.Paul's Cathedral. With great variety of beans and brewing methods it is a fantastic place for any coffee geek.
  • Erwin H.heart icon on user image
    Erwin HusburtFebruary 20, 2016
    It is very cosy small coffe shop with delicious single malt coffee and polite staff. We've been there for quick coffee half an hour before they close and we get 2for1 cake price.
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MontagueJune 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Stellar single origin coffee (V60) and espresso. Had a fantastic cup from Ethiopia. Piles of sweet and savory bites, as well. Best espresso in this part of London.
  • Jon C.heart icon on user image
    Jon ChooMay 13, 2014
    Not far off from St Paul's, Alchemy features knowledgeable staffs who takes their time to explain the rotating beans on offer. The ordering system is odd, and is based on size rather than type.
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousJune 7, 2016
    It gets crowded in the small space in the morning, as expected of all good coffee joints. Limited counter-style seating for abt 10 people
  • Krishna S.heart icon on user image
    Krishna SrinivasanJuly 3, 2013
    Friendly people who are ready to talk about the variety of coffee making techniques on offer (aeropress, v60, etc). A good selection of filter coffee on offer along with beans + grinding.
  • Buri L.
    Buri LovelaceJune 23, 2014
    Avocado toast was great - they got my order wrong (which is surprising given there are only a choice of 3 sizes), but really, who cares when the coffee is good and the milk well stretched!
  • Andrea T.
    Andrea TMarch 20, 2015
    The best espresso I have ever tasted, what a well-balanced flavour! Also one of the best latte arts I have ever seen on my cappuccino. Highly recommended!
  • Jessica Y.heart icon on user image
    Jessica YoungNovember 30, 2014
    Unusual concept. You can't get your regular lattes/flat whites etc here - you choose your coffee blend, size, and whether you want milk or not, and they serve it at the 'optimal' temperature
  • Rich E.
    Rich EApril 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Carter Lane now has another new coffee shop. Well worth checking out. Good coffee, friendly staff and a selection of gadgets and coffee making methods for geeks like me.
  • Paul M.heart icon on user image
    Paul MederosJuly 2, 2017
    Brilliant coffee, exquisitely charming little spot. Try the cold brew coffees, over ice.
  • Michael B.heart icon on user image
    Michael B.January 24, 2020
    Very nice. Great cakes that differ from others. Really good high q. coffee. Rather cheap.
  • Meli M.
    Meli MaxineAugust 1, 2017
    Knowledgeable and friendly staff who know what they're talking about. Cool/trendy vibe and killer banana bread. A coffee lovers dream.
  • Africa G.
    Africa GomezJanuary 2, 2018
    The coffe it's excellent, awesome flavor. Cakes are also great, fry the carrot one.
  • Lewy J.heart icon on user image
    Lewy JonesAugust 7, 2014
    Grab a cold brew coffee for a delicious chilled pick-me-up. It's pre-bottled on the counter (but they'll want the bottle back).
  • Pascal D.heart icon on user image
    Pascal De MulSeptember 25, 2015
    Very nice coffee in a relaxed hidden place. Only some barstools along the window, but not too busy. Good for a quick standing meeting.
  • Phil C.
    Phil ClampSeptember 4, 2014
    Great coffee for the enthusiast. I had the batch made filter which was deliciously fruity. The lemon and blueberry cake was to die for.
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousJune 7, 2016
    They sell their coffee by volume, not your choice of bean or how strong/diluted/milky u prefer your coffee to be 😉
  • Mouzaheart icon on user image
    MouzaDecember 16, 2017
    Loved everything about this cafe, the space, staff and ofc the coffee
  • Martin H.heart icon on user image
    Martin HurtaOctober 6, 2016
    Best espresso for me {opus - acidity of mandarin , cocoa, almond}. Very good cold brew. You must try .
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BoothOctober 16, 2015
    Excellent coffee, friendly service, well worth a little walk here if your by St Paul's and need a caffeine fix.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HartJuly 16, 2018
    some say the best espresso in London! my choice is simple cappuccino and almond croissant, thank you!
  • Robert B.heart icon on user image
    Robert BarrieSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great single estate espresso and Aeropress/V60 filter coffee from knowledgable coffee geeks -My favourite coffee shop
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BrenkmanApril 3, 2019
    Good coffee. Standard double shot, £2,40 for an espresso. They gave us a free cookie with our coffee. 😊
  • Luke A.heart icon on user image
    Luke AveryMarch 3, 2017
    Absolutely worth cueing for. They are happy to give you a free sample if you're buying beans.
  • Abeer A.heart icon on user image
    Abeer Al-MokbelAugust 5, 2019
    Cozy place, great coffee and good treats!
  • Marek P.
    Marek PawlowskiOctober 16, 2014
    Like being able to choose from a wide range of sizes, including refreshingly small. Skillfully made from good ingredients.
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    AliceNovember 14, 2016
    One of the best third wave coffee I've had, wish there were wifi and toilet though
  • Tim F.
    Tim FergusonAugust 20, 2014
    An ever changing choice of tasty coffee. Delicious cakes and savoury bites too.
  • Victoria H.heart icon on user image
    Victoria HooperJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee is strong, strong or strong! Such a great place with nice home bakes!
  • Pete B.
    Pete BlairMay 4, 2013
    Great coffee (and wonderful peppermint tea too), & friendly staff. What more could you need!
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    Heba 🐋April 13, 2018
    Excellent coffee and pleasant staff
  • Mathew W.heart icon on user image
    Mathew WilsonJanuary 28, 2016
    Reminds me of Monmouth Coffee. Good and rich flavours rather than the new trend for floral tea like coffees. Nice to see / sip.
  • Katie S.heart icon on user image
    Katie SageSeptember 21, 2016
    Such a great coffee shop. Definitely the best coffee in the area.
  • James M.
    James MayesJanuary 22, 2014
    Top notch for coffee geeks. Single estate, blends, aeropress, the works.
  • Jolyon H.heart icon on user image
    Jolyon HunterMarch 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Choice of espresso beans, multiple methods of brewing. Coffee geek heaven!
  • Bosie M.heart icon on user image
    Bosie MoncrieffJuly 9, 2018
    Very nice espresso, takes Apple Pay, has bathroom and six different cakes. Tiny, tiny location.
  • Jessi @.heart icon on user image
    Jessi @2feet1worldNovember 18, 2014
    Great coffee from really knowledgeable staff. A City gem!
  • Allyson G.heart icon on user image
    Allyson GSeptember 5, 2015
    Great authentic Jamaican food! Very popular at lunchtimes
  • Mark C.heart icon on user image
    Mark ChanJanuary 9, 2019
    Excellent specialty coffee.
  • Alana C.heart icon on user image
    Alana ColleyApril 1, 2016
    Espresso with milk, nice options. Trendy cafe.
  • Jo R.
    Jo RasheedOctober 8, 2014
    Knowledgable friendly staff and good coffee
  • Richard H.heart icon on user image
    Richard HarrisNovember 2, 2015
    fantastic cold brew, excellent flat whites
  • Emilio P.heart icon on user image
    Emilio PierroApril 28, 2018
    Way too high-concept. Good coffee, but it’s a bit of a lifestyle choice more than a relaxed cafe.
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    AJanuary 13, 2020
    Cozy place with great coffee
  • Matt W.heart icon on user image
    Matt WhiteAugust 20, 2015
    Coffee, regular changing espressos always good.
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