Sweet coffee satisfaction vs Cocktail hour ~ Soho Grind

In a city that gets little sleep, it’s no wonder that there’s a growing number of high-quality coffee shops helping to fuel London’s inhabitants. Whilst many of my favourites close their doors shortly after office hours, I recently discovered the perks of Soho Grind (sibling of the better known Shoreditch Grind) by day and by night. Making the tricky transition look easy.

Mid-morning, mid-week, Soho, I found myself in need of caffeine and a treat. It had been a while since I’d been somewhere new so I tracked down one of the latest additions to the Grind & Co family along Beak Street. Its old school cinema-style signage, street art and elements of red is a big hint towards its East London heritage.

I ordered my usual cappuccino and pain au chocolat and sat by the window. Soho is a great place to people watch as the streets barely stop with passing workers and visitors, but I was also lucky enough to enjoy the warmth of a glowing autumnal morning.

Soho-Grind---Coffee

Each branch offers the group’s own coffee blend, roasted exclusively and delivered to site every few days. And yes it is pretty tasty.

It’s a compact coffee shop, offering a small collection of seats upstairs, making it best for solo visits, small groups and takeaways.

Soho-Grind---interior

But whilst visiting I spotted its downstairs den, better for groups and the evening offerings I’d heard about.

I don’t usually drink coffee later in the day but London Cocktail Week called and I spotted Soho Grind on the list. I couldn’t resist finding out how the evening compares to the day and sampling its Espresso Martini for just £4. (More on LCW 2014 to come!)

Down in the basement you’ll find low leather booths and tall stools, opposite a well-stocked bar.

Soho-Grind---bar

Like upstairs it’s compact, but downstairs its cosy with low lights and candles. I’d persuaded Lucinda (who’s more of a tea/cocktail drinker) to join me. We ordered our Espresso Martinis and a small charcuterie plate. Food demolished in minutes, here’s the prettier order of the evening.

Soho-Grind---espresso-martini

As someone who loves tea and coffee but is never quite sure about chilled options, this went down rather well. Smooth and not too strong, you get a nice caffeine buzz with a side of evening alcohol.

Soho Grind proves coffee shops can do day and night as well as a restaurant, true to its own style throughout. I’d definitely recommend it for an hour of daydreaming and watching the world go by, or to take a friend or date for a relaxed evening drink.

Have you found a place in the city you’ve enjoyed by day and by night?

4 Comments

  1. October 21, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    Mmm this looks great! Definitely going to have to try the day/night versions 🙂 I have been to AquaShard for both breakfast and cocktails and enjoyed both – can’t beat those amazing views over the city!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      October 22, 2014 / 6:24 am

      I haven’t tried Aqua Shard for food yet, just a late afternoon G&T. Breakfast and cocktails are good excuses to go back though! 🙂

  2. October 26, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    I love espresso martinis, one of my favourite cocktails! I absolutely love Duck and Waffle both for brunch by day and cocktails/supper by night while watching the sunset- perfect!

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      October 27, 2014 / 5:17 pm

      Duck and Waffle is definitely on my hit list! I just need to decide which to do first – brunch or cocktails?! Tough choice 🙂