It all started when...
Urban Baristas was founded in June 2016 by Huw Wardrope and Jono Bowman, two aussie guys that got tired of the finance industry and the bad chain coffees they were drinking and decided to invest their time in something they loved but struggled to find in London: great antipodean coffee.
Their journey started with a little kiosk located in North London with the aim of serving specialty coffee to the London commuter.
The concept gradually grew and in 2017 a new partner, Richard Klin, came on board and a new shop was opened in Wapping. The Wapping branch design was influenced by the Nordic architecture and this new shop took the coffee offering one step further by incorporating a wider selection of non-dairy milk alternatives and non-coffee based healthy drinks such as Matcha, Turmeric, Beetroot (velvet) and Charcoal Lattes. It also introduced a wider food menu with gourmet toasties and healthy breakfast pots, to be appreciated in a cool, design-led place where people want to stop not just for coffee, but to be seen and to showcase their lifestyle on social media.
Urban Baristas strive to serve carefully crafted artisan coffee in a trendy, contemporary environment, with a menu of fresh and light fare (said avo on toast) and charming service (“G’day, mate!”).
At the beginning of 2018 we are opened our flagship cafe in the cool hub of Queensway (west London) where we focus on offering a wider brunch menu, also inspired in the Australian brunch scene.
2019 saw the opening of Urban Baristas HQ located in the city at 95 Middlesex Street, E1 7DA. This location has a small cafe on the ground floor with a shared work space in the basement where budding entrepreneurs can hang out and drink our epic coffee and food.