"Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second."

American writer Edward Abbey provided that particular bon mot. 

Happily, however, Abbey's words no longer ring so true in 2019. 

For one thing, electric cars are no passing fad but the future of the automobile industry

And even more importantly, coffee is now taken as seriously as wine and whisky, with premium blends offered all over the city. 

Henry Ayers and Ed Parkes – aka The Gentleman Baristas – have seven sites in London, with another on the way, as well as their own roastery in Shadwell. 

We asked the Gentlemen to pick their favourite coffee shops – check out the gallery below to see who made the list. 

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