Foodism 100: Best Café – the shortlist
The Best Café category, sponsored by Yeo Valley, celebrates London cafés putting environmental and social initiatives at the top of the agenda
Cafe from Crisis
A café run by charity Crisis, which seeks to help the homeless and ex-offenders into the world of work.
64 Commercial Street, E1 6LT; crisis.org.uk/get-involved/cafe-from-crisis
Central Street Cafe
All profits at this café go to support services at St Luke's Community Centre, which provides meals for local elderly people.
90 Central Street, EC1V 8AB; centralstreetcafe.london
A Dalston café run by the eponymous charity, which helps improve literacy among schoolchildren in the borough and displays work from local artists.
138 Kingsland High St, E8 2NS; hackneypirates.org
My Jamii Café
Not-for-profit South East London café that provides training and work placements for young people with low educational attainment, minimal literacy and limited job opportunities.
3 Honor Oak, SE23 1DX; myjamiicafe.com
Featured Entry: Attendant Coffee
A friendly café housed in a reclaimed public toilet. Since launching in Fitzrovia in 2013 they’ve expanded the Attendant brand, with two further sites in Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, though the commitment to working with sustainable UK dairy farmers, ethical producers and coffee plantations across the world remains as strong as ever. Put simply, they’re deadly serious about coffee, food and the provenance of their ingredients.
Various locations; the-attendant.com
Earl’s Court café with a focus on ethical and sustainable sourcing, which provides a regular platform for young local musicians and artists.
181A Earls Court Road, SW5 9RB; overundercoffee.com
Paper & Cup
A not-for-profit coffee shop run by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Paper & Cup trains and employs those recovering from addiction.
18 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP; paperandcup.co.uk
The café hub for the HMP Aylesbury prison-based roaster of the same name, which trains current inmates in speciality coffee and seeks to employ them upon release.
84b Lamb's Conduit St, WC1N 3LR; redemptionroasters.com
Spike + Earl
A speciality café that also serves as the headquarters for Old Spike Roastery, a bean-to-cup operation that helps the homeless.
31 Peckham Road, SE5 8UB; spikeandearl.com
The Canvas Café
Spitalfields café that promotes happiness and mental wellbeing through food, coffee and creative expression.
42 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL; thecanvascafe.org