If you’re a fan of iced coffee (which you probably should be if you’re reading this guide), then you know that unlike the other iced beverages, it doesn’t have to wait for the summer. Sure, you crave it continuously when it’s 25 degrees out, but this iced drink is something so highly anticipated, so loved, that we start drinking it as soon as we physically can. Which means the first consecutive three days of sunshine post March, AKA the very official start of iced coffee season. And guess what? It’s here baby. And so are these iced seasonal specials. From a cereal topped iced Spanish latte in Fitzrovia, to an iced Korean coffee in Balham, these are eight of the best places to get iced coffee in London.
Order: Iced Pistachio Latte (With an extra shot of pistachio syrup if you’ve got a sweet tooth)
We’re pretty sure the iced pistachio latte at this Fitzrovia spot is laced with crack. Only kidding, it’s definitely not, it’s just really addictive. They make regular coffee, but their specialty iced coffee (which they make all year round by the way), is the reason you should come here. With flavours you won’t find in every London coffee shop, like rose, and cereal (!!), it’s a spot to visit when you’re in the mood for something sweet.
Order: Iced Korean Latte, or Iced Apple Blue if you’re a fan of apple crumble
Balham spot Apple Blue Patisserie isn’t just serving up some pretty incredible (halal) brunches like fried chicken on a pancake-style yorkshire pudding (... we know), it also makes some pretty great seasonal specials. Things like ‘thicc cocoa’ in the winter, and iced Korean coffee in the summer. They’ve also got iced Spanish chai lattes, iced Apple Blue Lattes (made with pea flower tea, cinnamon, and - wait for it - apples), and iced chocolate.
Order: Iced Milo or Iced Vanilla Latte
This Shepherd’s Bush spot is making chocolate milk cool again. That’s right they’re serving some iced chocolate, as well as a limited edition Milo special, both of which you can request a shot of coffee in and voila, iced mocha. It’s tasty, and their outdoor terrace is a cute little place to park up with a book and iced drink.
Order: Kinako Iced Almond Latte
London’s thoroughly modern version of the Olympia in Greece (can you tell we need a holiday), The Pantechnicon is a grand building, with columns, a cream paint job, and a lovely two-floor café which has spots across Japan, Korea, Thailand, France, and the U.S. Kitsuné’s first U.K outpost is all exposed brick and foliage, and its drinks menu includes a kinako iced almond latte, blossom iced matcha latte, and a floral rose syrup that tastes like spring. Our favourite is the almond latte, and you should also know that they have a few chunky sandos you’ll probably want to get involved in.
Order: Iced Spanish Latte
One of our top choices when it comes to chocolate cake, L’eto is a mini-chain of aesthetically pleasing cafés with cakes that actually taste as good as they look. In keeping with their OTT cake display, their iced coffees arrive to your table looking more like a science experiment than an iced drink - picture a glass filled with black ice cubes of coffee, another beaker-type glass filled with warm milk, and another little glass beaker filled with condensed milk. Pour it all over the ice cubes and you’ve got a very sweet iced coffee. The coffee feels secondary in this little experiment, so we’d say it’s perfect for a coffee beginner, rather than someone who “just can’t” before their morning coffee.
Order: Iced Spanish Latte
This impeccable Filipino takeaway-only bakery in Kentish Town has a selection of year-round iced specials, from a buko pandan frappé to an iced Milo mocha that’s luscious and chocolatey and tastes like all the best parts of being a child as you finish it in four or five gulps. It’s the delightfully sweet iced Spanish latté that keeps us coming back though, and the sweet, gloopy, condensed milk that settles at the bottom of your cup makes it a slower, more deliberate affair than the mocha. Your only other choice is whether to stir the milk in or scoop it directly into your mouth.
Order: Nitro Cold Brew
We’re not going to lie to you, we’ve had a pretty serious crush on Climpson’s nitro cold brew for some time now. Only available at their industrial-looking kiosk at Old Spitalfields Market, the velvety coffee that gets pumped from the tap here looks like a glass of stout, and tastes just as smooth and just as rich. It’s easily one of the best cups of coffee you’ll find anywhere in London.
Order: Iced Cappuccino
Decked out in contemporary Japanese pine furniture, this tiny Fitzrovia coffee spot is both relaxing, and achingly cool, just like their iced cappuccino. Unlike a lot of iced coffee in London, it’s served perfectly chilled, and so the baristas here don’t have to fill your cup up with ice leading to a sub-standard watered-down brew. They also have cold brew options, plenty of matcha on the menu, and single origin beans, but the one thing you absolutely should know when you head here is that you’re going to want to get involved in their kashi, a stupidly tasty custard-based snack.