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Two things that I love more than anything (I mean, theoretically speaking of course, because nothing comes before Harry Potter, Curry, Homeland, my boyfriend Harvey Spector and blogging) is coffee and cake. Whether you’re mid-shopping trip and need a little breather (breather clearly means caffeine and all the sugar in this case) or need somewhere to sit and work from (because we all know that productivity levels times by 10 in coffee shops) I have another London coffee shop option for you that is definitely worth checking out.

Soho is absolutely full to the brim with cute, quirky coffee shops and Flat White is kinda’ exactly that. It’s cute, it’s quirky, it’s not particularly groundbreaking but it does have amazing coffee and a gluten free brownie to die for, which made it the perfect mid “boxing day sale shop” stop. 
Now that was a bloody mouthful…
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Enough cake and ciabatta perving, time for coffee…
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My Mum and I, exhausted from our Anthropologie and Zara raiding (I know, what a tough life we lead) went straight in for a latte. Now, I’m not a coffee snob by any means, but I do love my coffee and I can confirm that this was up there with some of my all time favourites lattes. (Please can we take a moment to appreciate just how much of a pretentious tosspot that sentence just made me sound? [insert cry laughter emoji here]). But I do love my coffee and we both enjoyed this a lot. Topped off with a pretty Latte art – although nothing quite as spectacular as Smith and Whistle’s – it made the perfect accompaniment to our cakes.
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Now, I have to say, the one area in which Flat White falls short in is their lack of gluten free options. With a pretty large main menu of sandwiches, toasties, muffins, croissants, every cake you can possibly think of etc. I was fairly surprised that they only had one gluten free option in the entire cafe. Luckily it didn’t matter as the gluten free brownie was truly incredible. Possibly the thickest, richest, most decadent brownie I’ve ever tasted, but absolutely delicious. But it was just a tad disappointing that should I have wanted actual lunch rather than cake, that wouldn’t have been an option.
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My Mum went for the Lemon drizzle cake and said it was one of the best she’d ever had (whilst simultaneously telling me that she wished I could try some.) Soft, moist and full of flavour but not too sweet.
Coffee and cake demolished, it was time to venture back out into the world of shopping – I know, I definitely deserved a Blue Peter badge for that – but I have to say that I really enjoyed my little break in Flat White. With a lovely atmosphere, cosy interior and delicious coffee and cake (even if there is only one option for a coeliac) it was the perfect pit stop cafe. What I also love about Flat White is that it has such a fab location. A stone’s throw from John Lewis, a short walk from the dreamy Carnaby street… this eatery, close to Citizen M Bankside (one of my favourite hotels and one that I always recommend for anyone wanting to be central but not too close to the hustle and bustle) is a bit of an all rounder and one that I’ll definitely be going back to once I’ve broken my New Year’s resolution to eat healthily.

I would love to know what your favourite independent coffee shops are in London? If you have any recommendations, please do let me know ๐Ÿ™‚
As always, thanks so much for reading!

*This post is in collaboration with Citizen M. 

85 responses to “FLAT WHITE, SOHO”

  1. Sara Steele says:

    Hi Ellie!
    Flat white is one of my favourite coffee places in London. I work in Soho so I'm there a lot. Another favourite is Tap. Nothing like a good coffee.

  2. Olivia says:

    This looks like such a gorgeous place, the croissants look lovely x

  3. This place looks incredible, i am a major coffee lover and this place seems right up my alley.

  4. Angie Silver says:

    I also love coffee more than anything! This looks like a great London option ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This places looks absolutely stunning! It's a shame they only had one gluten free option but the cakes do look amazing so I'm glad it made it up for you. Also, how good do the bagels look? Food porn right there.. xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  6. I've never really explored the coffee shop scene in London. This place does look fab, you can't beat a good slice of lemon drizzle cake hehe.

  7. Ah a good kiwi cafe! I do love it here, can't beat a flat white!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  8. Rubi Ani says:

    I love a good independent coffee shop, there's not much or them about near me though. I usually visit them when I go onto day trips to places, Clitheroe has the cutest little cafes.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  9. The pictures are great! I love your blog:)
    Obra dยดart

  10. May Cho says:

    Shame about the gluten free options, but the brownie sounds fantastic! We don't get a lot of cute coffee shops here so I definitely have to put Soho on my coffee-exploration list!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

  11. May Cho says:

    Shame about the gluten free options, but the brownie sounds fantastic! We don't get a lot of cute coffee shops here so I definitely have to put Soho on my coffee-exploration list!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

  12. Ohh wow this looks right up my street!!!! LOVE a good coffee shop, espesh when it's Insta friendly too!

    Shot From The Street

  13. It sounds just like the perfect coffee shop! And that brownie looks so delicious!! x

    Giada | Miel Cafรฉ

  14. Really Yummy post and nice photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I'm addicted to coffee!

  16. Keri H says:

    Wow gorgeous photos. I am right with you. There's something about a good cup of coffee that just makes me so happy!

    Enclothed Cognition

  17. Sophia Molen says:

    This looks so lovely!!!!

    x Sophia

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  18. Shannon Sage says:

    Oh my goodness this looks lovely! I love the look of the breakfast sandwiches! I am sucker for them! Your photos are gorgeous!

    Shannon Sage

  19. VelvetBlush says:

    I'm not really a coffee person but I would pop in there just for the pastries, how yummy do those croissants look! The brownie sounds lovely too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Velvet Blush

  20. I am a sucker for a cute coffee shop and this looks amazing! The cake doesnt hurt either!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  21. Stephanie says:

    The cakes look sooooo good!!

  22. Raquel says:

    This looks like the cutest little place. Everything looks soo good!

  23. Oh I love coffee ! This looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. Weirdly, I love coffee shops despite very rarely drinking coffee. I go for a herbal tea instead – and of course, that brownie!

  25. Unknown says:

    Hey Olivia,

    Thanks for the great write-up. Awesome pictures and comments- sounds like a really fun day out.

    We also have 2 other GF cake options most days (which must have been sold out when you visited on boxing day). Theres a gorgeous GF Blueberry friand (in mini blite size and larger size) and also orange and almond polenta cake. So three options daily along with the Brownie (which also comes in a nutty version sometimes).

    Please feel free to ask us to make you a no-bread meal next time – sure we can do some very inventive things without bread… and if you have any recommendations for non-gluten coeliac safe bread suppliers please let us know.

    Again, thanks for such an in-depth and interesting blog-post!

    Cheers Laura, and the flat white team.

    • Hi Laura,

      It's Ellie ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, i'm so pleased you liked the photo's.

      It's such a shame that you do actually have more options as I asked the guys working behind the counter if they could list every option I could have and they only mentioned the brownie. I did ask about lunch options and they said they have nothing but the brownie so maybe the rest of the team should be made aware of non bread lunch options?

      It really is a lovely little cafe though and I'll definitely be back for that brownie alone.


  26. Taimemode says:

    YUMMY! want the cake now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bonjour from FRANCE, Sand.


  27. LBG says:

    Coffee, cake and shopping sounds perfect! Your photos are gorgeous, I felt like I was there with you. I can't believe they didn't have more gluten-free options. But what did you buy at Zara?

  28. Jordan says:

    Omg this place looks gorgeous! We should definitely go here ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  29. Lauren S says:

    Shame they didn't have many GF options ๐Ÿ™ I wish I could drink coffee more I always get seriously buzzed hahaha

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  30. Grace says:

    This all looks heavenly! I have to admit I'm terrible for just relying on Costa or Pret when I'm desperate for a caffeine fix in London, but I would definitely pop in here to give it a try. I used to go to uni in Bath and they have the most gorgeous little coffee shop called Colonna and Hunter if you're ever around Bath though!

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

    • Oh I know what you mean lovely, it's just so easy to run into a Starbucks or the like isn't it, but I'm definitely trying to hit up the more independant places! Ooh I'd love to go to Bath, definitely on my travel wish list!


  31. Looks like such a cute cafe! I want to try going to more independent coffee shops in the future

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  32. Meg Siobhan says:

    I don't even like coffee (love tea, but staying away from caffeine!) but that one looks FOIIIIINE as hell.

    It's a shame they didn't have more GF options, but it's good that they're such a good place that you will be returning again! That brownie looks so delicious…

    Meg | A Little Twist Ofโ€ฆ

  33. - Karen says:

    I love Soho, I love coffee… why have I not seen this place before! I've added it to my list of places to visit soon – gorgeous photos as always lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Style Sunriseโ˜€


  34. Vicky says:

    I love Flat White, it's my little lunchtime secret for when I want to get away from the office and have a bit of a walk. It helps that it's practically opposite Illamasqua too…. xx

  35. I've never been to Flat White but definitely appreciate a good cafe/coffee place/restaurant review ๐Ÿ™‚ Being a coffee addict (and Harvey Specter addict too lol), I would love to enjoy a little (who are we kidding – a huge) sip of coffee there along with a tray bake. Glad you and your mom had such a great time!
    xox Nadia

  36. crafty-zone says:

    As always, your post is amazing, this place looks very cozy and I'm sure that everything was delicious and you spent really great and relaxing time there, Elle :
    PS: Great new layout of your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. Alina Bostan says:

    First of all I just love your new blog design, so professional :)! Second of all as much as I love reading your posts why oh why did I have to read this just before midnight, I have got some serious cravings right now for bagels, croissants and cakes haha. This place looks amazing, definitely one to look out for and as usual I am loving your photography x

    Beauty with charm

  38. Viviene Kok says:

    It's 1pm in my country now (lunch time!) and you've got me absolutely starving. Haven't found superb coffee in London yet, but will take note and drop by when I visit the beautiful place once again. Okay, going out for food now. Happy Monday Elle x

    Real Life Nerd //

  39. Dianna says:

    Great coffee shop.

  40. flat white says:


    Quite possibly it was a supplier issue; our crew do know our options well; but around Xmas time some items are less abundant! And the gluten free cakes and friands sell very well!

    Come check out our sister cafe sometime! Milkbar- 3 Bateman street.



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