Sweet coffee satisfaction: Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Leather Lane

One of the best things about living in a big old city like London is that if you ever find yourself at a loose end there’s always something to occupy your time. Great for someone like me who struggles to sit still for more than a few minutes. I had a pretty empty Sunday this weekend so I decided to pick a stop on the tube map I don’t get off at often and find a new cafe. At about lunchtime I found myself in the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs on Leather Lane, Farringdon.

Despite the area being eerily quiet in the aftermath of a week of city action, the Department of Coffee was nicely busy. Plenty of people sipping coffees, reading the paper and enjoying the last day of relaxation. I went to the bar and ordered my cappuccino.

As they’re part of the Coffeesmiths Collective they serve the same fine coffee that you’ll find in Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar. It’s a coffee that has so far failed to disappoint so they must know their stuff.

I pondered over the hardest decision of the weekend – choosing a sweet treat from the delicious options available.

But I couldn’t resist my weakness for brownies and I went for the chocolate cheesecake brownie.

YUM! It was sooo good. I found out from Giulia at Mondomulia that their talented baker is a lady called Juliet. A little stalk through her twitter pictures and I was drooling within minutes. Take a look for yourself and you’ll see what I mean – @juliethomemade.

After I’d demolished my brownie and half my cappuccino I had a look around. As you may know if you’re a regular reader I love a good bit of bare bricked walls (it reminds me of my ultimate dream home – a New York warehouse apartment) and I liked the rustic style in the Department of Coffee.

The black wooden chairs add a smart contrast.

I would have loved to have rode off on their Pashley bike but instead took a long walk to Oxford Street for some last-minute retail therapy (popping into a little art exhibition along the way).

If you work in the area or you’re shopping for diamonds on the sparkling street that is Hatton Gardens, I definitely recommend checking in. A lovely cafe, a relaxed vibe, and good coffee, what more could you ask for?

Have you been to any of the Coffeesmith Collective cafes?


  1. December 1, 2012 / 12:40 pm

    Yes! I love this one too, good find – there is one just round the corner called workshop that ‘s pretty nice too. If you’re ever ne’er Highbury there is a lovely placed called La Peche Mignon which you may like too. One of my things to do before I turn 30 is to visit every independent coffee shop in a 2 mile radius of my house…so I look forward to some more posts on places I can go! Thanks!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      December 1, 2012 / 1:19 pm

      I have a similar aim! Currently working my way though London’s Best Coffee app but as new places pop up each week it could be a never ending mission. I need to check out La Peche Mignon, it’s pretty near by!