Workshop Coffee Co. in Clerkenwell

When I’m in London it’s usually just passing through for a short while, so I always have lots of people to see and places to be when I’m there. I maximize my time by making sure I have lots of breakfast and lunch meetings, and on this most recent trip I was lucky enough to visit Workshop Coffee Co., a delightful spot in Clerkenwell.

The space feels a bit like a creative hub, and I could easily see lots of work meetings taking place here. In fact, I was meeting with an old friend and former classmate who is a fellow creative based near London — check out for more info on Kate and her business, etc. (Hi Kate!)

Back at Workshop, the place is bright and airy, with a variety of tables placed around around a central coffee bar. Covered in blonde wood, the bar acts as a grounding point for the space, and gives a sort of “health spa” grounded feel to the place. Overall, the space is your hipster chic blend of bold and minimal accents, roughened up brick walls, and dangling industrial lighting. A living wall at the back of beckoned me to come closer, although I didn’t, and I felt like each table was rather private, which was an unusual but appreciated effect, as there were quite a few settings scattered about.

I had the Brioche French Toast, which was served with poached rhubarb, orange mascarpone, and hazelnuts. A beautiful medley of flavors, and the rhubarb kept things from being too saccharine. A bit tart and sour, it was a twist on the usual french toast option.

And, this being a general coffee mecca, I will be totally up front and say that I’m not as bean obsessed as a lot of people out there. I went for a “flat white,” which was a new-to-me drink I copied off of Kate. A “flat white” is when you pour steamed milk WITH foam over a double shot of espresso — as opposed to a latte, which is just the warmed liquid milk. More or less. It’s delicious all the same, and was a velvetier option than your typical latte.

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Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.