01 March 2014

The Caffeine Chronicles: White Mulberries Review

Searching for a new caffeine highlight in London, I realised that White Mulberries was actually pretty close to my place. It is north of the river but only barely, nestling near Tower Bridge in a quiet, sun-drenched corner of St Katharine Docks, along with all the luxury yachts. I had never been to St Katharine Docks and today was a good time to go, as it was bright and sunny, if chilly.

Although good coffee is easy to find in some parts of London these days, it can be quite tricky finding a place that offers drip-to-order filter coffee or Aeropress brews. White Mulberries does offer Aeropress-brewed coffee, as well as espresso drinks, tea and a huge selection of cakes and other sweet and savoury treats. I ordered an Aeropress brew and a spicy chicken panino and took a seat in the window. There are only a handful of tables and perching spots inside but on sunny days, you can sit out front — the view is better there too.

It's easy to while away time people-watching and admiring the mini-harbour. It's almost like being in Saint Tropez, except with more taste and better coffee. My Aeropress coffee was very good. I'm not sure what variety of coffee it was, but it was strong, rich and with a slight fruity acidity.

I thought about ordering a macchiato too, but I was already on coffee number three of the day, and so settled for a mini caramel macaron instead. If I had seen the chocolate and custard cronuts before I ordered my huge sandwich, I might have chosen a smaller main course so that I could make room. Ah well; next time.

White Mulberries. D3 Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT (Tube: Tower Hill). Website. Twitter.

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