One of my favourite coffee shops in London, Iris & June, is located in the heart of Victoria. Hidden behind the high street, it’s “serving the people of Victoria” Monday till Sunday. I’ve been to the coffee shop a couple of times during the workweek and it’s a buzzing place where not one seat is left empty. People from the business centres need their coffee fix and quick breakfast, obviously.
Weekends are, however, a different story. Coming down to Iris & June on Saturday at 9am when they open is the best treat you can give yourself. Weekend mornings seem to be absolutely quiet and the window seats are free. I like to order my coffee first and then hop on to one of the high chairs and watch people passing by. There are usually not too many, and soon I open a book or a magazine and indulge into my slow morning.
I typically order is a latte with almond milk, which is nice and strong, but has a little bit more acidic flavour than I like. It also separates after a while. Although I generally don’t mind that, their a soya latte has a more balanced, velvety taste. To my surprise, I liked it a lot more than almond milk – despite I’m not a keen soya fan.
My favourite thing about Iris & June is, who would’ve guessed, cakes and brunches. First of all, their cake offer is huge and there are always at least two gluten-free and one lactose-free options. Same goes for brunches – avocado on toast is nothing special anymore, but their sprouted beans add a notch to their coffee beans!
One thing I wish was better about this place, would be the light. Call it a first world problem, but there’s no chance of taking a nice picture without fine-tuning it later and even after that you won’t get rid of that yellow tint. I also adore their beautiful Tiffany-coloured cups and saucers, but sometimes can’t help but wonder why they’re not the same shade as their signature colour. Nevertheless, it’s a detail not worth mentioning. Or is it, in today’s Instagram era?
100% Instagrammable or not, Iris & June is one of my top places to go on the weekends. Their hospitality, which seems to be one of their values, is worth taking the walk or a bicycle ride. Even on days when it’s sunny and hot, because it pays to visit a good coffee shop for some iced coffee anyway.