Omggggg pattiserie Valerie! Apparently supposed to be taking someone there soon! Haven't been in ages and he wants to try it out
Giro in Kingston upon Thames.
Starbucks tastes to me like you're drinking printer ink. Costa is not bad, but not my favourite.
Go to a coffee shop who use ethical (Fairtrade IMHO isn't ethical - the amount they get is still poor) coffee beans, have friendly staff, offer healthy food and have an inviting, warm feel.
My favourite coffee generally though is the one from the machine at home! We set up a deal with a cooperative union in Ethiopia who send us a massive bag of coffee beans every 2 months or so - and they get to keep around £50 for one bag. Yes it's more expensive, but it's way more ethical and you're not only paying them more but you're providing a secure income link as well as contributing to local developments such as schools and hospitals.
The Muddy Cup
It's local and I love it, it's just got such a nice vibe to it, and I went there with my boyfriend before we got together, and the conversation we had in there led us to get together :3
Oh gosh, here we go again - students lounging about sipping coffee, chewing cake and talking about trendy liberal nonsense whilst giggling and thinking every topic of conversation is cool and humorous.