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Wanderlust Design :: Royal Exchange Grind In London

You guys!! I’ve got two sleeps until London, and that means lots of coffee before I hit my whirlwind of a trip. (I have yet to even think about packing. Eek!)

Of course, an essential ingredient to any travel abroad is also – you guessed it – coffee. So, one of the first items I researched when we found out where we’d be staying in London is a great coffee shop within walking distance of our hotel. What I found was the Grind.

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

Now, this location is not the one by our hotel (ours is the London Grindbut this one happened to have some gorgeous details to share. The Grind has locations throughout London, and each has their own personality that seems to reflect the neighborhood nicely. You can check out their instagram for proof! I hope we’ll be able to visit several, although I’m sure there are nearly as many coffee and tea shops in London as there are here in Seattle.

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

This particular location is bringing all my favorite things together: fresh white, aged brass, marble tile, and those classic herringbone floors. Recognize those stools? They were in a similar restaurant space I featured on our Wanderlust Design series a while back, and I’m obviously drawn to them! I’m glad they added a bit of color to this otherwise neutral space. Note the little tile entryway with the address number. Always a favorite feature.

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

Details, details, my friends. That brass finish on the tile ledge? Stunning.

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

At the bar, a little quote from – who else – The Beatles. You can see that not only do they serve coffee, but they’re a one-stop neighborhood shop for cocktails, food, even juice. Which means this place will probably be my go-to in our neighborhood while we’re there!

That minimal brass shelving with substantial supports is a nice mix of modern and classic. Every little detail in this place is well thought-out. Even the hanging menu!

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

royal exchange grind coffee shop and bar london | wanderlust design on coco kelley

Any other last-minute recommendations for me, London friends? I’ve been doing tons of research so we’re definitely planning on lots of food and shopping stops in our quick two-days!