I normally visit coffee shops on a weekend but I stayed over my girlfriend’s place during the weekdays to visit coffee shops as a reward for completing my dreaded 7 month data collection for my thesis. On the Monday I visited Curators and Dose. Following day, I went to Ozone, Coffee Works Project and Ground Control. After Ground Control, I was really jittery from all the caffeine
I have walked pass Ozone before after visiting Salvation Jane but never went in. Through reading Chris Ward’s“Out of Office” and looking at the pictures from the Independent Coffee Guide (2nd Ed), it seems like a nice place to get some work done. I was hoping to get a seat in front of the Barista station as there is a large table to get some work done. When I got off Old Street Station, I was very surprised to see a lot of people in the station as everytime I come (weekends), it is so dead.
Got to Ozone around 8′ish and saw an available seat which I wanted and dropped my backpack at the table before anyone could take a seat there. I ordered filtered coffee and an omellete (pricey). I needed a big breakfast but god the omelette was HUGE. I only managed to finish three quarters of it. Looking for a Post Workout meal? eat that Ozone omellete. This place is really really busy! I wonder how do people decide where to get their coffee in Old Street as you have Salvation Jane next building and Shoreditch Grind not too far off as well.
Filtered coffee was great and I think this is the ideal type of coffee to order if planning to do some work. I was reading my interview transcripts. Obviously a bad idea to have espresso shots and if I had a long black, I would have finished it in minutes. I can take my time with the filter coffee and it gives a very clear indication that I am not done with my coffee through transparent pourer.
I will definitely come back here again to have coffee and food (not the omellete though) and do some work :o). Perfect place!
After leaving Curators, I walked to Dose Espresso. The coffee place is small and has limited seats. I liked the white and red deco combination of the shop. I had a good guest espresso and a delicious almond brownie.
It is not too difficult to find places to have great coffee from Oxford Circus to Clerkenwell as there are numerous independent coffee shops. However, you will struggle to find decent ones in the busy business area of London. I am glad I stopped by both Dose and Curators. It shows that a small cafe can be highly successful. Whether you want coffee to go or a quick espresso, these are excellent places to bring your client or friends. It also makes it easier to decide as there are very few coffee shops in these areas.
I normally visit coffee shops during the weekends and this week I had the chance to visit a few shops during the morning rush hour. I decided to visit Curators as it was listed as a Top 30 destination from the London Coffee Guide. Place is really small inside! Fortunately I had a seat at the bench and read two journal articles. Had my usual long black and banana bread to start my day ￼ Both were superb.
Despite it’s size, this shop is really busy! Do not fear the queue, your coffee will be with you.I think it was a good 20 minute stretch of making coffee by the two baristas and I think they handled it very well. While having my coffee, I did feel quite under dressed in some ways as I was just wearing shorts, sneakers and a shirt. Individuals pouring in every minute or so wore very nice suits – including the ladies.
This place is not exactly the best place for those seeking to do some serious work (maybe some can?) due to the limited seating (6 Inside – 2 with no Table) and space but it is a great place for coffee and a conversation. In fact, I found individuals enjoying their coffee outside when I made my way out. It is well shaded (because of the building) and this is probably the safest outdoor coffee place in London when it starts raining heavily! I have yet to see other coffee places with this much protection from the rain.
Love this Chalk Board!
Location – Monument
9a Cullum Street
London EC3M 7JJ
Mon-Fri 7:30 – 17:00
Dropped by Liberty of Norton Folgate at Liverpool Street Station before heading for lunch at a place nearby. It is impossible to miss this place if you are walking towards Shoreditch High Street. The entire shop is visible!
There is limited seating inside and seems to be a like place to have a quick chat. The cafe has an almost horizontal sort of layout in comparison to other coffee shops I have visited. They have seats outside currently because of the warm weather. I would imagine that getting a seat inside the shop would be more difficult during the colder months. Great coffee is served and they have an assortment of cakes around the area. Worth dropping by if you are around Liverpool street area.
I like their coffee cup and loyalty card. You can also buy coffee equipment from their website and sign up for their coffee classes.
Location – Liverpool Street Station
Exit Main Escalators – Make a left and keep walking straight
My visit to Browns of Brockley was rather accidental rather than planned. Still unaware of how the overground trains work, was heading back to Imperial Wharf from Shoreditch High Street and had no idea I had to change at Surrey Quays. I was concentrating heavily on my Kingdom Rush iPhone game during the commute. Great game by the way for commuting. When I arrived at Brockley station I knew something was wrong as I was heading South rather than West. Got off and recalled that Browns of Brockley should not be too far from the station. It was conveniently located outside the station. I came late in the afternoon and it was rather quiet. However, I imagine how busy this place could be when people are heading off to work.
It is slightly smaller than I had imagined from reading the London Coffee Guide. Great Square Mile coffee is served using the current blend, Red Brick. Very happy to see banana bread and had a slice They have a wide variety of snacks as well. Had I checked their website earlier I would have tried their raspberry friands and chocolate eclairs which are very popular.
Staff are extremely friendly and the cafe has a very laid back and comfortable feel. I can see myself doing some writing for my doctoral work at the cafe. I hope to drop by again someday. Problem is getting there, it is very far I have planned to visit Brockley’s market in future and will definitely stop by to Brown’s again. I wish they had a loyalty card or their own coffee cup for me to collect.
Visited Birdhouse on a rather cold morning back in April. Really liked the layout of the shop and the decor looks clean and great! It has a very Ikea’ish feel (mainly from all the yellow colours I am observing). I brought some work to do and ordered my usual banana bread and coffee. They use Climpson’s and Sons beans here which is great as I have yet to visit the roastery and shop.
Last weekend, I decided to try their brunch menu mainly because of their baked eggs which is only served on the weekends. I was lucky to get a seat with my girlfriend and we had the eggs and the french toast. Just Delicious!! The baked eggs was very savoury and was something I have never tried before. Do note that it takes 15 minutes or shorter for it to be prepared. French Toast was great and not too heavy or super sweet. It was just perfect.
Cool Cutlery :o)
Their Menu – They do have wine as well.
The bird picture from the London Coffee Guide book, owner must love birds and yellow :o)
I hope to return in future again for some baked eggs and coffee! I really applaud the owner on the deco and finer details on things such as the cutlery, the water glass bottle and the furniture. It is very pleasing to the eyes and comfortable to have coffee and food. Feels homey at Birdhouse. St John’s Hill residents are very lucky!
Finally went to the third of the T-A-P coffee shop at Wardour Street as I was curious about their cold brew. It did not disappoint and it is perfect for the current hot weather. Served in a chilled used jam jar along with the cute small bottle of coffee. It certainly helps when the jar was icey cold – just like how a martini glass should be … genius. I wonder what was used for the small bottle? It looks very “Aesop” like. Great place to drop by and chill after some shopping at Oxford Street.
They have a variety of snacks and because of I am a banana bread person, theirs is definitely good! Unfortunately, I was still full from my Brunch at Birdhouse earlier. Their coffee is also superb!
Their shop at Wardour Street also seemed to be the most spacious one in comparison to the Rathbone and Tottenham Court Road shop.
T-A-P @ 193 Wardour Street (Oxford Circus)
Find it nearer to get here through Oxford Circus (depending where you are)
T-A-P @ 26 Rathbone Place (Goodge Street). Exit and turn right. Walk towards Percy Street (pass the HSBC ATM Machines) and make a right towards the alley.
T-A-P @ 114 Tottenham Court Road via Goodge Street (exit and make a left, walk straight towards Warren Street)