Belgravia, with its pristine white townhouses and lush garden squares, isn’t just one of London’s poshest neighborhoods; it’s also a caffeine lover’s dream. As you wander its genteel streets, you’ll stumble upon some of the city’s finest coffee shops and cafes, each offering a unique blend of charm, character, and, of course, a perfect brew.
It’s no secret that Londoners have a penchant for their coffee rendezvous, and the top cafes and coffee shops in Belgravia stand as testimony to this love affair. Whether it’s a cozy corner spot that’s perfect for afternoon tea or a bustling cafe where creatives and professionals merge over espressos, Belgravia offers it all.
So, when in London, be sure to saunter over to this elegant enclave and sip your way through the very best of the city’s coffee culture. After all, every cup in Belgravia feels like a royal brew.
Editor’s Note: Looking for something different one year, my partner and I stayed in a small Belgravia flat in one of those iconic buildings. If you want to spend time in a delightful part of West London where you’ll feel like you’re really living local, this is a great area! – Valerie
The Best Cafes & Coffee Shops in Belgravia – Ranked!
There are a lot of lists of the “best” cafes and coffee shops in Belgravia out there, and most of them have some sort of black box way of deciding what to include and in what order. I prefer to be transparent in how I rank the things I recommend on this site, so below you’ll find a table with scores for each cafe and coffee shop; here’s how I came up with those numbers:
- I selected only those coffee shops and cafes that are located within the generally agreed bounds of the Belgravia area (15 in all)
- I ranked all of the cafes/coffee shops by rating and number of reviews on Google reviews
- I then combined those scores with the proportion of reviews each coffee shop/cafe received to come up with a score (out of 5) for each cafe or coffee shop
- I ranked the coffee shops and cafes by score, and broke ties by the number of reviews (at the time of reviewing the data)
Also, I included only cafes and coffee shops with a rating of 4.0 or higher, to ensure I was only including those coffee shops and cafes which are truly good. I additionally didn’t include international chains like Pret a Manger or Costa Coffee – not because they aren’t good, but instead to better represent the independent coffee shop and cafe options. (Shop and buy local!)
Given all that, here are the best coffee shops and cafes in Belgravia:
|Cafe/Coffee Shop Name||Reviews||Score|
|4||Hagen Espresso Bar (Hagen Belgravia)||100+||4.02|
|5||Kat Coffee Company||75+||4.01|
Below, you’ll find more about each of these top 5 Belgravia coffee shops and cafes, plus shorter descriptions of the other 10 that I reviewed for this post.
1. L’ETO London
Photos courtesy of L’ETO CAFFE via Facebook
L’ETO is a multinational cafe that can be found in over six countries, from the UAE to the UK. At L’ETO Belgravia, you can find great specialty lattes, such as pistachio red petal latte and a “Spanish” latte. (Not for those on a budget, as the prices start at £8.) This Mediterranean cafe is also one of the best cafes in Belgravia for sweets, with saffron dulce de leche and pistachio cake being two of their most popular desserts.
Unfortunately, as it’s so popular, the cafe can get pretty crowded during peak hours, and service can be slow and not too friendly. (Note that the cafe is not open on Sundays.)
2. The Buttery
Photos courtesy of The Buttery
The Buttery is a rustic but chic cafe located in the Lime Tree Hotel, which is about 5 minutes from Victoria Tube and Coach station, perfect for the farm girl (or guy!) at heart.
It’s a bit posher than your regular coffee house, serving both wines and cocktails. It’s a lovely place for brunch, especially when the weather is nice and you can sit in the beautiful walled garden, that will transport you to the British countryside.
Prices are on the high side, as to be expected for this neighborhood, but the standard of the food can be a bit erratic. (The avocado toast is one of the most popular dishes.)
3. Green Cafe
After two higher-end eateries, you may be pleased to hear that The Green Cafe is one of the best coffee shops in Belgravia which has more affordable prices.
Located near Victoria station, this is a small and informal but charming that serves good food, with the English breakfast and Club Sandwich being among the more popular offerings. Remember to bring cash, as they don’t take cards!
4. Hagen Espresso Bar (Hagen Belgravia)
Photos courtesy of Hagen Espresso Bar via Instagram
Hagen is a “Danish coffee project born out of Copenhagen and founded in London” which serves premium specialty coffee that many refer to as the “best coffee in London.”
Despite having several outlets, each cafe still has the charm of a small coffee shop. In true Scandinavian style, The Belgravia area branch is stylishly outfitted with terrific outdoor seating that is great for people-watching. Doesn’t hurt that the staff are really friendly too, despite turning over very frequently.
5. Kat Coffee Company
Photos courtesy of Kat Coffee Company via Instagram
Kat Coffee Company is an independent cafe, with two outlets, that was started by Beata and Nuri in 2019. It has full-length glass windows with seats in the front, making it one of the best cafes in Belgravia to watch the world go by.
The sandwiches, cakes, and wide selection of smoothies are all delicious too but not the cheapest, and service can be a bit of a letdown at times.
Other Great Coffee Shops & Cafes in Belgravia
Photos courtesy of Tomtom Coffee House
- Tomtom Coffee House – Tomtom Coffee House makes its coffee from freshly roasted Allpress beans sourced from all over the world (roasted no more than two weeks ago), using the best equipment, and has a selection of interesting drinks such as peanut butter or Spanish rose lattes. For those who don’t take coffee, it also has a good range of other drinks, such as milkshakes, chai lattes, and matcha drinks.
- EL&N London – Lowndes St – EL&N is an Instagrammer’s paradise, with its pink alfresco dining set-up and flower-laden interiors. It offers halal food and drinks and opens every day of the week.
- Café Kitsuné at Pantechnicon – Cafe Kitsuné is one of the best coffee shops in Belgravia for Japanese-inspired pastries and small bites, such as matcha croissants, caramel miso rice pudding brioche, and sandos. They also have interesting drinks such as strawberry matcha latte and chestnut matcha!
- Ole & Steen – Ole & Steen is another Danish cafe on this list. Opened over 30 years ago in Copenhagen, it now has branches in Denmark, London and New York. Remember to try the Rugbrød and Rundstykker (rye bread and small rolls) that they’re famous for!
- Black Sheep Coffee – Located on Belgravia’s famous Elizabeth Street, Black Sheep Coffee serves 100% specialty grade Robusta as well as four different specialty Arabica coffee beans.
- Anya Cafe – At Anya Cafe, you can find specially created Anya Hindmarch cakes and biscuits, which are freshly made on the premises by the pastry chef every morning. (Yes, the bag designer.) There is also a very limited selection of savory food and they do an afternoon tea set too.
- Tomtom Mess Hall – An off-shoot of TomTom Coffee House which is also on this list, Tom Tom Mess Hall opened in 2014. A little down the road from Buckingham Palace, this little eatery is a good place for a burger and Tomtom’s famous coffee!
- The Acai Girls Belgravia – The Acai Girls Belgravia serves healthy and plant-based food all day. The menu is inspired by the travels of two sisters, with the berries in the Acai Bowl being fair-trade. The exterior of the Belgravia outlet is also very on-brand, with its baby blue facade and baby pink chairs!
- Stullen – Stullen partners with companies that are passionate about what they do, such as Albion Fine Foods and Monmouth Coffee Company. Open seven days a week till 5 p.m., Stullen serves both sweet and savory foods. As a sandwich shop, it’s no surprise that their savory offering centers around bread but they also do a few salads if you want something lighter. If you’re looking for a pastry, the almond croissant is well worth a try!
- Le Cafe – Renamed Snack Bar Cafe, Le Cafe is a tiny place found in the coach station. It’’s not fancy but it serves very decent food- the sandwiches are particularly good- at reasonable prices that will be a warm welcome to any weary coach traveler.
If you have questions about this guide to coffee houses in Belgravia, or have a favorite café I’ve missed out on, let me know in the comments!