London’s best coffee shops with a conscience

Phoebe Luckhurst
Have your cake: Crisis in Finsbury Park

The Duke of Cambridge was spotted in E2 yesterday visiting a socially-conscious coffee shop. Get with the Prince’s programme: these are five of the best cafés with a conscience.

Paper and Cup

Where Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s father popped in yesterday. Run by a not-for-profit social enterprise that works with those recovering from addiction and homelessness.

18 Calvert Avenue, E2, paperandcup.co.uk

Old Spike

Old Spike in Peckham provides jobs, training and support for homeless people. You can buy the coffee beans to take home and make too.

54 Peckham Rye, SE15, oldspikeroastery.com

Brew Bird

Ex-offenders and other vulnerable, excluded people are employed here and it promises to be somewhere that is “free from judgment and stigma”.

29 Peckham Road, SE5, brewbirdcoffee.co.uk

Crisis Finsbury Park

This charity shop, which supports homeless people, also has an airy coffee shop. Try the cakes.

19 Stroud Green Road, N4, crisis.org.uk

Black Cat Hackney

A vegan café run by a co-operative which regularly works with charitable initiatives. Crucially it does a mean dark chocolate and cranberry rocky road.

76 Clarence Road, E5, @BlackCatHackney

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