Tea may be the most iconic drink in britain, but in London coffee is definitely king. I can't imagine London without its independent coffee shops but turns out the coffee bandwagon didn't arrive until 1952, when the first espresso machine arrived from Italy to a small bar in Soho. (Is it just me, or did everything great start in Soho?)
Cool to think that what we enjoy at typical cafe culture was really trial and error in desperation to break even. For every three cafes that opened, two would close. I love the narrator's subtle humour as he walks us through London's main coffee houses. Neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
Get a load of the clothing and style!
I wonder if any of the coffee shops featured here are actually still around.