Flat white.

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Zara coat: £30 (similar). Oasis turtleneck top: £13.20. Marks & Spencer skirt: £17.50 (similar). Adidas Spezial: £27. Primark fedora: £7 (similar). Marks & Spencer bag: £43.


One a day. We all have our limits, and whether you apply it to apples or, as in my case, coffees, there's a reason you put these rules in place. I'll always be a tea girl at heart, but nothing starts the day wired right like a cup of the good stuff - just don't let me have any more than absolutely necessary else I'll be talking your head off all day. As I'm starting a new job soon (more on that later), I'll be missing out on my weekly free Starbucks, but it's giving me plenty of opportunities to find more independent, tax-paying establishments to get my caffeine from. When oop norf, it's super easy to find local cafés which are A+ at their specialities as they line every street outside of the main shopping concourse (check out Independent LiverpoolBirmingham and Sheffield for knowledgable insider tips from the people in the know), but when it comes to London every lunchtime starts with "shall we just go to Pret?". Thankfully, my pals at CitizenM got in touch and asked if I fancied trying out one of the coffee stops in their London city guide, and I was there quicker than you could say single shot latte.

I met up with photographer extraordinaire Amber (just look at her portfolio - the girl's got photography goals written all over her) for a catch up before I head off on my Northern adventures. On CitizenM's recommendation, we headed to Flat White on Berwick Street, just a little South of Oxford Street. While Amber opted for the place's eponymous drink, I went for a latte (yeah, yeah, leave it out) and we got some savoury treats to go with. I honestly couldn't fault the service, and the guys let us chat our hearts out for a good hour before we moved on (to Topshop, naturally). It's a nice little find, just far enough away from tacky souvenir shops to not be crowded, but close enough to the west end to make getting to your next meeting easy peasy.

Are you aware of any hidden gems I need to check out before I head off on my next adventure? I think I've got most of Shoreditch down, but would love to hear about any of your must-drinks!


CitizenM covered the costs of this lunch date, but all halloumi-decisions were my own.

34 comments:

  1. I've been to Flat White (back when I still used to drink coffee - always a long black, no milk or sugar before my heart palpitations got too much, that is) and I loved the lever door opener! We kept watching it as it worked its 'magic' (more like fundamental physics) whenever someone came in... it's a cute place :) I'm sure you've heard of it before/been to even, but Yumchaa on Berwick Street – really near Flat White, is one of my fave tea places to go to! Regent's Park is absolute yum. Amanzi Tea on Brewer Street is new but more artisanal I guess but they have really interesting tea blends if you're feeling adventurous. There's quite a few independent ones right by Goodge Street/TCR as well but I'll leave with you these for now, at the risk of massive spam ha!

    Cherie x
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    1. This is the kind of massive spam I like - thank you SO much for the recommendations, particular that Amanzi place as it sounds perfect. I need to get out of my Pret funk (cos it's just a little bit too safe) and these sound like the best reasons to mix it up! x

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  2. Nice! I've only just started liking coffee (I'm a tea girl too) so it's nice to know of good places to go! Let's go for coffee soon, you cutie x

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    1. I'm not hardcore, something milky is the best I can do! Please, I've been so, so bad at organising anything recently, but I need to get my bum down to Bristol asap x

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  3. I used to LOVE Flat White when I worked on Oxford Street! Dreamiest ever. Beautiful photos, your outfit is perfect, those kicks and the coat! <3

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    1. I bet you did, the decor is so you! Thanks Mich, hope you and your family are doing ok x

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    1. haha, Becky! They do other stuff too, and the food is something worth mentioning too :) x

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  5. I LOVE these photos girl!! You look so sassy. And it reminds me we desperately need to make that coffee date xxxx
    www.fashionnomads.com

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  6. Oooh I love your top and skirt! It's nice finding hidden cafes and coffee shops. This one looks very Instagram worthy haha always a bonus

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.co.uk

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    1. There was so much Instagram action, you wouldn't believe ;) x

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  7. These pictures are lovely and you lok amazing! I'm in love with the entire outfit, especially with the shoes. You can't go wrong with Adidas! Hope you have an amazing week! xx

    Ale | www.alemint.net

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    1. I wear those trainers so much - and to think, I was never a trainer person! x

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  8. Flat white looks delicious and feels like place where you can get peace, place for writing or drawing.

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  9. Hahaha 'more independent, tax paying establishments' so true. Your photos are beaut, I love your fedora - would never have guessed it was from Primark!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Well, you know ;) It was such a good find, I've paid loads more for other ones, but this one fits so well x

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  10. This place looks adorable! Cute pictures and you look beautiful! Have a great weekend! xx

    Ale | www.alemint.net

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  11. Ah this looks like such a cute little place! Love your outfit too my lovely!

    Grace xxx

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  12. Beautiful photos! Looks, and sounds, like a wonderful little place to just chill out at. I always head for a costa... I'll have bare in mind these little niche places!

    hannatalks

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    1. Mate, you NEED to go to acanteen in Chelms, and definitely check out baroosh for (hungover) brunch too! x

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  13. Lovely Outfit ! Love the post.

    www.desireeswardrobe.net

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