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

The Ship of Adventures

A Dalston café run by charity Hackney Pirates, 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

Over Under

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

Redemption Roasters

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