DEPARTMENT OF COFFEE AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

The Find: It's official, Dept of Coffee and Social AffairsLeather Lane is now a destination. Ok so the market has always been there - but what this street lacked was decent food and rockin' coffee. Now it has both.

Raw, rustic and edgy - the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is all these. With exposed brickwork, hardwood flooring, wooden tables and jet black chairs it's very much urban with a twang of rustic charm.

The space is a renovated architectural ironmongers, which still looks unfinished, but that is what gives Department of Coffee and Social Affairs it's charm. You'll love the copper tap where you can help yourself to tap water.

The coffee is top notch. Using beans from East End roasters Climpson and Sons the baristas churn out quality espresso every time. Tea is also well regarded here - with loose leaves all round. If you're peckish then the cakes and sandwiches are as impressive to look at as to eat so be sure to give them a go.

Owners Tim Ridley and Chris McKie from New Zealand went to school together and have re-connected over coffee. Together they founded The Coffeesmiths Collective which has helped ramp up the standard of coffee across London.

For coffee-wannabees they hold a regular "coffee school" to learn tips and tricks from those that "know". For more details check out http://www.coffeesmithscollective.co.uk/products-page/coffee-school/. As for you business types they have a meeting room which is available to hire and is well worth checking out. Imagine having a meeting without having to stomach the usual tea and coffee served up from an urn.

The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is a friendly place where you feel at home from the moment you walk in.

If you don't want to carry out your social shenanigans here then I don't know where you would.

Where: 14-16 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7SU
Chancery Lane and Farringdon are the nearest tube stops
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Opening Times for Dept of Coffee and Social Affairs:

Monday - Friday
07.30 - 16.30

Saturday and Sunday
10.00 - 16.00