Living on Commercial Road over the past year or so, we’ve watched the overspill from Shoreditch and Brick Lane creep slowly but steadily closer. Luckily for us, this means new bars, pubs and coffee shops popping up every few weeks. My latest favourite is Grounded on Whitechapel Road, from the guys behind Exmouth coffee. Best chai latte in London, hands down.
If you’re looking for somewhere to plug in, drink good coffee and people watch, look no further. They’re open until 8pm most days, have good wifi, lovely staff, and most importantly – amazing gluten-free chocolate cake.
9 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DU
I find it really hard to pass through Aldgate in the morning without paying a trip to Exmouth – and I’m not the only one. Oliver was visiting the East London coffee shop so often he bought an espresso machine to try to kerb the habit – only to find himself sneaking in ‘for a treat’ a few times a week.
Knowing full well my own willpower is no match for the inevitable brownie and chai latte combo, I try to avoid this particular part of Whitechapel Road most days on my commute. When the craving for a chewy, chocolatey brownie gets too much though, this is my first port of call.
Sat immediately to the right of Aldgate East tube (if you take the Whitechapel Gallery exit) this is the slightly smaller, older brother of Grounded, a coffee shop that popped up further along the road earlier in the year. Here you’ll find one of the best selections of cakes and flatbreads anywhere in East London – need I mention the chocolate brownie again? It’s chewy, people – along with really good coffee and a cosy interior.
The staff are so popular there’s even an entire wall dedicated to fan mail – complete with poetry, illustrations and love letters for the baristas. I can’t say I’m surprised.
Exmouth Coffee Co
83 Whitechapel High Street
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 8pm