2012-3 London Independent Coffee Christmas & New Year Openings

photo by Ped Leung

I’ve organised this by sections: click on the areas to go straight there. I particularly recommend Prufrock, Kaffeine, Rapha Cycle Club and Dunne Frankowski.

West End

North, Central and City


South and West

My coffee map

West End
Tapped and Packed


20 Rathbone Place

114 Tottenham Court Road

193 Wardour St

closing the 24th 25th 26th 31st & 1st

Notes Music Coffee


31 St Martins Lane

Christmas Eve 24th 7.30am-4pm, Christmas Day 25th Closed, Boxing Day 26th 10am-8pm, 27th-30th Normal hours

New Year’s Eve 31st 7.30am-5pm, New Year’s Day 1st January Closed, Back to normal from the 2nd onwards

Notes Covent Garden

36 Wellington Street

Christmas Eve 24th Closed, Christmas Day 25th Closed, Boxing Day 26th Closed

27th-30th Normal hours, New Year’s Eve 31st 7.30am-5pm, New Year’s Day 1st January Closed

Back to normal from the 2nd onwards

Rapha Cycle Club


85 Brewer St

24th – 10-4pm, 25th, 26th – closed, 27th-30th – normal trading hours, 31st – 10-6pm

Closed 31st Jan – 4th Feb for refurbishment



66 Great Titchfield Street

Closed Sunday 23rd at 5pm – reopen January 2nd 7:30am

Workshop Marylebone


75 Wigmore St

December 24th/25th: Closed, December 26th – January 1st: 10am – 5pm, January 2nd: Business As Usual



13-14 Charlotte Place

“our last day is 23rd dec and we open again on 3rd jan”

The Counter at the Delaunay


55 Aldwych

Closed from 23 December and re-opens on 3 January 2013.

Flat White


17 Berwick St

No news yet but usually closed only 25th/26th 1st only

Milk Bar


3 Bateman Street

No new yet but usually closed only 25th/26th/1st

Speakeasy Espresso


3 Lowndes Ct, Carnaby St

24th: 09.30 – 17.00,  25th: Closed, 26th- 28th December: 10.00 – 19.00, 29 December: 10.00 – 20.00,

30 December: 10.00 – 18.00, New Year’s Eve: 10.00 – 17.00, New Year’s Day: Closed,

“We resume normal hours on Wednesday 2 January 2013”

Fernandez and Wells


Somerset House, 43 Lexington St, 73 Beak St, 16a St Annes’s Ct

no information yet received

Taylor St Baristas


22 Brook Mews Mayfair

“We will be CLOSED from the 22nd of December until the 1st of January.”

Taylor St Gallery and Training Centre

2 Botolph Alley, Monument

“We will be CLOSED from the 22nd of December until the 1st of January.”

Nude Espresso

19 Soho Square


closed 22nd Dec – 6th Jan

3 Little Pigs at Black Truffle

52 Warren St


Information not yet received

Damson Cafe

64 St Giles High St


Closed 4pm sunday 23 dec and reopening 8am thurs 3 jan

Store Street Espresso


40 Store Street

We’re closed from this Monday and open on the 3rd January. Standard opening hours

Flat Cap St Giles

Central St Giles


Closed from on 21st today until 7.30am on 7th

Ginger and White

1 Silver Place


Closed 25, 26, 30th, 31st, 1st

North, Central and City

Association Coffee

10-12 Creechurch Lane


“We close 1pm Friday and open again at 7:30am on the 2nd.”

Curators Coffee

9a Cullum St


“Our last day will be Friday the 21st Dec and we will reopen on the 2nd Jan”

Workshop Clerkenwell


27 Clerkenwell Rd

December 24th-26th: Closed, December 27th – December 30th: 8:00am – 6:00pm

December 31st: Closed, January 1st: Closed, January 2nd – January 5th: 7:30am – 6:00pm
January 6th: Business as Usual.



23-25 Leather Lane

Last open day sat 22nd, first day open on the 3rd

Dose Espresso


70 Long Lane

Closing on the 21st from 2pm. Reopening on the 3rd of Jan. 7am

The Espresso Room


31-35 Great Ormond Street

closed from 22nd-6th inclusive

Giddy Up Angel


Islington Green

“Here at Angel we’ll be closed from the 24th til the 27th. Then closed on new years day. Open otherwise!”

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs


14-16 Leather Lane

Christmas Eve: 10.00 – 17.00, Christmas Day & Boxing Day: Closed, Thursday 27 to Monday 31 December : 10.00 – 17.00

New Year’s Day: Closed, “We resume normal hours on Wednesday 2 January 2013”

Flat Cap Cannon St


Abchurch Yard

Closed from 2.30pm 21st until 7.30am on 2nd

Chancery Coffee


90 Chancery Lane

“Our last day open for the year is Friday 21 December 2012, we resume normal hours on Wednesday 2 January 2013”

Fred and Fran


55 Kynaston Rd, Stoke Newington

closed 23rd dec thru to 7th jan

Giddy Up Guild


Guild Yard, Guildhall

Closed til 7 Jan




Granary Square, 1 Goods Way and11-13 Exmouth Market

closed from 24th Dec to 3rd Jan

Camden Coffee House


30 Camden Rd

“open through out at all branches apart from xmas day, boxing day and new years day”

CoffeeWorks Project


96-98 Islington High St

We close Sunday 23rd at 4pm, re open January 3rd at 7:30 am

Maison d’Etre


154 Canonbury Rd

Our last day is Friday 21st and we are opening again on Monday 7th Jan.

Vagabond N4

Unit 20, Charter Court, Stroud Green Rd


closed on the 25th 26th and the first of new year

The Liberty of Norton Folgate

Norton Folgate, Broadgate


Our last day open for the year is Friday 21 December 2012. We resume normal hours on Wednesday 2 January 2013

Ginger and White


4a-5a Perrins Ct, Hampstead

2 Englands Lane, Belsize Park

Closed 25, 26, 1st.

Information not yet recieved

Beas of Bloomsbury


St Pauls One New Change and 44 Theobolds Rd

closed 24-1st at theobalds road, 12-7 at onc, closed 25/26/1st

Flat Cap Fleet Street


Fleet St/Fetter Lane

Closed from 2.30pm 21st until 7.30am on 2nd


Prufock at Present


140 Shoreditch High St

Open for normal trading hours over the xmas period except for xmas, boxing and new year’s day

Dunne Frankowski


18 Hewlett Street

Protein by DunneFrankowski is going to be closed from the 21st of December to the 6th of January

Giddy Up Floripa


93 Great Eastern Street

open 21st then closed ’til 3rd



61-67 Old St

“We will be open up to and including Christmas Eve (8am-5pm), before closing for the festivities and re-opening on Weds 2 Jan. On all other days we will be operating our usual trading hours of Mon-Fri 8-8pm and Weekends 10-4pm.”

Tina We Salute You


47 King Henry’s Walk, Dalston

24th open 10am-1pm, 25th-1st closed, 2nd re-open 8-6

Taylor St Baristas


1A New St, Unit 3 125 Old Broad St, 110 Clifton St Shoreditch, 8 South Colonnade Canary Wharf, 1 Harbour Exchange Square

New St open 24/12 8-4pm, 27-28 8-4. 31/12 8-4; Bank/Shoreditch/Canary Wharf/South Quay closed 22 until 1st, Shoreditch closed 22 until 1st

Giddy Up Fortune Park


Fortune Park

Open every day 10-4 except xmas, boxing and NY

Look Mum No Hands


49 Old St

“We’re closing on Sat (22nd) at 6pm and then re-open as usual on the 2nd”

Climpson and Sons


67 Broadway Market

cafe last day 24th, re-open 2nd

46b Espresso Hut


46b Brooksby’s Walk

We are closing on the 23rd at 5pm and reopening on the 5th at 10am



58 Redchurch St

“we are closed in the cafe from December 24 to January 3”

Salvation Jane


Unit 2, 1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Rd

“our last day is 23rd dec and we open again on 3rd jan”



11 Leonard Street

“we are closed 25-28 reopen for brunch 29-31 10am-4pm. Closed 1st, biz as usual from 2nd.”

Carmelite Cafe


181 Bow Rd

open till 23rd reopen 5th

The Pavilion Cafe


Victoria Park


The Counter Cafe


7 Roach Rd, Hackney Wick


Nude Espressso


26 Hanbury St

closed 24th-26th Dec & 1st Jan

South and West

Federation Coffee


Unit 46 Brixton Village Market

24th 10-4, 25th-27th closed, 28th-29th 10-5, 30th 31st 10-4, 1st closed, 2nd 10-4, 2nd back to normal

Browns of Brockley

5 Coulgate Street


“We’re normal hours until 24th which is 10am – until I want to go home, then closed until the 7th”

Flat Cap Victoria

Strutton Ground


Closed from 2.30pm 21st until 7.30am on 2nd

Flat Cap Borough Market

Borough Market


see http://boroughmarket.org.uk/celebrate-christmas-at-borough-market (closed 25, 26, 1st only)


30 Church Rd, Crystal Palace


“My hours normal Thurs & Fri 11-5 and Sat & Sun 10-5 as xmas and NY fall on my closed days…I’m now opening on Monday 24th 10-4 for last minute xmas coffee.”

Craft Coffee

Maltby St Market


‘open every Saturday over Christmas/new years 9-3’

Bambuni Nunhead

143 Evelina Rd


Friday 21st            9:00 am  — 5:30 pm, Saturday 22nd      8:00 am  — 5:30 pm
Sunday 23rd        10:00 am  — 5:30 pm, Monday 24th        8:00 am  — 3:30 pm
Christmas Day   Closed, Boxing Day  Closed, Thursday 27th 9:00 am—5:30 p
Friday 28th  9:00 am  — 5:30 pm, Saturday 29th        9:00 am  — 5:30 pm
Sunday 30th   10:00 am  — 4:00 pm, Monday 31st          9:00 am  — 3:00 pm
Bambuni will be closed from January 1st for winter break.
We shall reopen on Wednesday January 16th



Borough Market

Closed 24-26th Dec and 31st Dec – Jan 2nd.



123 St John’s Hill, Clapham

We are closed from the 16th Dec – 7th Jan

Taylor St Baristas


Unit 3 Westminster Hse Kew Rd Richmond

25th, 26th and 27th of December – closed, 28th and 29th of December – open 10am – 4pm, 30th of December – closed

31st of December – open 10am – 4pm, 1st of January – closed, 2nd of January – open 10am – 4pm

3rd of January – back to the usual opening hours

Camden Coffee House


208 Balham High Rd

Unit 1142, The Whitgift Centre, Croydon

“open through out at all branches apart from xmas day, boxing day and new years day”

The Dish and the Spoon


61 Cheltenham Road SE15

We will be open on Xmas Eve 9-3pm & then closed till January 8th.

Franklins SE22


157 Lordship Lane

open until 24th and from 28th onwards

Cafe Viva


44 Choumert Road, Peckham

“we will be closed from xmas eve for 2 weeks! Reopening tues 8th Jan.”

No67 at the SLG


65-67 Peckham Road

We are closed for dinner 22nd, open for brunch 23rd, then closed til the 2nd

Anderson & Co


139 Bellenden Road

24th til 4pm; closed Christmas & Boxing Day; open from 8am on 27th

It will probably also be worth checking out Harris and Hoole if you live in the outskirts of London. http://www.harrisandhoole.co.uk/

If I’ve missed you out, please add in a comment or tweet me at @philwbass

5 thoughts on “2012-3 London Independent Coffee Christmas & New Year Openings

    • Thanks Daniel. It took a while but several people asked for it. I know what you’re saying about Harris and Hoole but many, many ‘Indies’ have financial backing from who know’s where… one of the less discussed aspects of the independent scene – the difference with H and H is that it is public knowledge who their funders are – much as I despise Tesco I don’t know what dodgy dealers are involved with the others. And I do know Harris and Hoole are committed to direct trade.

  1. harris and hoole are committed to direct trade, but perhaps the point is that tesco aren’t, so shouldn’t be supported. personally i think h & h are going to be super dominant on the high street.

    • Yeah, I am torn though… For three reasons, firstly by a large corporation (however ethically dodgy) backing a company using direct trade that then makes a bigger market for direct trade farmers; secondly it raises awareness of consumers of direct trade and thirdly (significantly for me), very many of the independent coffeeshops have significant financial backing from inverstors. How do we know that the bankers of some of our favourite cafes are not even more ethically dubious…I guess we don’t.

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