Specialty coffee is becoming more and more popular by the minute, where people are investing more money and time for an enjoyable experience with their morning caffeine hit. Southwest London is definitely on the bandwagon so if you're on the hunt, you'll be silly to miss Putney, known for its amazing views of the Thames, relaxed pubs and cosy restaurants along with amazing coffee.
Start off by catching the tube to Putney Bridge Station, head over to the other side of the water and turn right heading down the Main Street to the Ground Coffee Society. From the front you think it's a little cafe almost like the Tardis in Dr Who but head on in and you'll see there's plenty of space for seating with three separate rooms; perfect for groups or just an individual sit down. The cafe is really cute, lots of little green plants and an exposed brick wall, it's definitely aesthetically pleasing especially in the front of house area.
The staff are all so lovely and wanting to chat to each and every customer making their experience more enjoyful. They roast their own beans which always adds an authentic experience to the coffee. Using their own blend, the beans they used for my flatty were the Caveman Espresso blend. They have loads of treats at the front counter along with their menu for breakky and lunch. I've heard their blueberry pancakes are to die for. Of course being an Aussie when I saw they were selling Anzac cookies I had to get one and it was as good as they always are.
Walk around Putney and head down the High Street. They have loads of little op shops and cute stores you can have a geez around.
If you're keen on another coffee, heads to Smugglers cafe almost exactly opposite the Ground Society. It's a really quirky cafe/art store that sell some lovely coffee and is more of a warming, cosy cafe, quite small but perfect for the little sit in coffee. They use Origin beans so you know you're going to get a decent coffee.
While you're in Putney you can't miss out on Putney Pies, one of the best spots for a delicious pie in London. Downstairs it's restaurant turns in to "The Vault" on weekend and is perfect for a night out.
If you've had a big brunch walk back over the bridge and head to Bishops Park. Bishop's Park is the perfect picnic spot and has a path along the Thames you can walk down and enjoy the view. If you're a football fan, it's right next to Craven Cottage, the home stadium for Fulham Football Club which is the oldest club in London to play in the football league.
Putney is definitely a place to head if you're keen on a walk around, a decent coffee, unbelievable views of the river and a just a peaceful vibe.