I think I may have found one of London’s most cheerful cafes. I spotted Vanilla Black Coffee & Books on Instagram and knew instantly that I had to visit. Whilst yellow isn’t my favourite colour, it has got to be the happiest colour in the rainbow and it never fails to make me smile. How could I resist a cafe with a yellow espresso machine and matching yellow walls? So I made it my mission…

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One of the things I’m known for amongst my friends is my love of good coffee. It hasn’t always been this way, in fact I didn’t even like coffee until after university. But in the early days of blogging, when a wave of independent coffee shops were sweeping through London, I discovered an enjoyment for not only the taste of speciality coffee but the place offered to enjoy it in. I wrote about my love…

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I’m going to put my hands up and admit that I’m a coffee snob and I’ve done some slightly ridiculous things in the pursuit of a good coffee. This includes, walking 15 minutes out of my way (and more when I’ve taken an unexpected detour), being late for work, being late for meeting friends and almost missing our train to Birmingham at Christmas. James and I even have an ongoing joke about how I don’t…

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When I first started blogging I decided one of the things I’d write about was the great places to enjoy a coffee or two. It was during the time when it felt like there was another wave of the coffee revolution going on so there were plenty of new places to choose from. I was also working on sorting my finances so it seemed an affordable way to find new places, get out to an area…

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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…

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