Tuesday 14 May 2013 6.05am
Over the past few years, a minor revolution has taken place in London in the form of literally dozens of new coffee shops opening across the capital. Our city, once dismissed as a place you could get anything and everything apart from a decent cup of coffee, now rivals cities like Seattle and Melbourne for excellent coffee shops.
A look at the map on the London Coffee Guide website illustrates the sheer density of coffee-drinking options. I run one myself, in Hackney, and the amount of competition is staggering. Almost the entire borough is peppered with recent openings.
So why is Southwark, and SE1 in particular, missing out? There are a few take-away-only places and coffee carts, as well as gems like Scooterworks on The Cut
, but overall the offer is mainly lots of chains. Lovely that we have Monmouth, but good luck getting a seat. Alternatives are thin on the ground. Why?