LJ Coffee House, Soho, London

17 April 2009

The third stop in my April visit to Soho and it’s another superb independent coffee shop.  This one has only been open for a few months.

Update, Spring 2014: we understand that, unfortunately, LJ Coffee House has closed.

LJ Coffee House, Soho LJ Coffee House, Soho

LJ Coffee House uses Union Handroasted beans (amongst my favourites).  And here’s a nugget of useless information: the particular blend is called “Revelation”.

LJ Coffee House, Soho LJ Coffee House, Soho

I ordered a latte which was delicious and beautifully presented.  The signs say it’s the “best coffee in London”.  I’m not sure, but it’s one of the nicest cups I’ve had in the capital.

My companion had a chocolate milkshake (she’s rarely a coffee drinker).  Apparently it was superb, with real chocolate bits (high praise indeed from a lady who knows her milkshakes).

LJ Coffee House, Soho LJ Coffee House, Soho

LJ is a gay coffee house, and fairly overtly so (see magazines, above!).  The owners don’t mind me using that description, but point out that, especially during the day, the café has a mixed clientelle (as we were testament to).  After about 6pm there tends to be a more homosexual crowd.

Naturally, it is open to all, so it’s a bit of a non-issue.

LJ is small and cosy, with comfy chairs and lips for window seats (you’ll just have to visit to see what I mean).  There are a couple of chairs outside.

It’s a smashing place.  Very friendly and relaxed, with coffee of the highest order.

3 Winnett Street

We visited on 17 April 2009.

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  • Reply David Littlejohn 26 May 2011 at 11:59 am


    Just thought I would let you know that I now have a brand new website and webshop for LJ’s.

    Lots of coffee, gift ideas and brewing equipment coming in the days to follow…

    Keep up the great reviewing work – pop in when you’re next in London!


    • Reply Paul 20 May 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Where have you and Maris moved onto, your fantastic shop is no more!

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