My go-to coffee spot in the neighborhood. Bermondsey Street Coffee has decent coffee, a nice little selection of cakes and snacks, and plenty of space during the week if you want to veg for a few hours, read a good book, or just shoot the breeze with a friend.
Coffee is on the pricy side, but I'd rather pay a few extra pence to sit and sip my coffee in peace instead of cramming onto a packed communal table at Monmouth Coffee over by Borough Market.
Two things that are somewhat irritating: 1) the tables by the door are welded into the floor, but they're really far out from the benches... so you have to perch at the very edge of your seat or otherwise, just be very tall and willing to hunch over your laptop. 2) there's free wifi, but you need to ask them for a logon code every hour because it kicks you off after 60 minutes. It's 2014, just give me free and open Wifi access already...
There are good coffee shops in London. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.
The coffee is pretty good, but it's not "£4 for a 'medium' as tall as my pinky finger" good. I also can't quite figure out how it takes such a long time to make the drinks. There are consistently 4+ people behind the counter. One person asks for your order, the next person enters it into the till, then a third person writes it on the cup, and a fourth person grinds the beans, and then....you get the point. The service is shit. Not only is it slow, but it comes with a serious attitude from the individuals making the drinks. They give off the "I can't believe you're bothering me" vibe. Maybe they are trying to be "cool"? I'm not into it. They seem to care very little about the line of customers trying desperately to caffeinate themselves, and very much about carrying on conversations with each other. I once waited 11 minutes for an Americano.
Now, let's talk about the atmosphere. While at first glance it looks pretty cozy, I often find it difficult to score a seat. The place is crawling with people who use it as a remote office...all day. Because it's a long and narrow space, you often find yourself in a corner in the rear and it's a pretty dreary place to be 9 months out of the year.
Not welcoming, poor service, and the coffee, while several steps up from Starbucks, isn't worth the trouble.
Head to Hej Coffee in Bermondsey Square instead. You'll find clever and lovely staff, amazing coffee, and a bright and welcoming interior.
Best coffee in the area in my opinion, better than Monmouth I'd say. It has a rather relaxed vibe and they lay the hipster on you thick.
It does get rather busy at times which can be a ballache if you're looking to sit about for a bit on a peak hour you may have trouble. The couch configuration can be misleading as what appears to be free space can not be so leaving you disappointed and perhaps looking a fool.
Whenever I enter a coffee@ location (or the coffee shops formerly known as...) I instantly feel as if I've slipped and fallen back into my teenage years growing up in Seattle. Before I have time to stop myself, it's 1990-something, I'm wearing flannel, rocking braces, VHS taping every episode of My So Called Life, listening to grunge music on my walkman and debating whether I should buy some JNCOs, or if they look 'way too skater' on me.
The funky mismatched atmosphere and the trendily uncouth vibe as well as the above average coffee perpetuate this Seattle upbringing flashback, and for the record, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, I oft enjoy a trip back in time - especially when it involves said above average coffee, some organic juices and softs and some locally made munchies.
The present day BSC experience also involves a connection to the world wide web that doesn't make robot sex sounds, although I would trade that futuristic perk for Jordan Catalano any day.
This funky little cafe serves us well where I work. Just around the corner from the office, it's the perfect place to grab a hot mug of something and a healthy bite to eat and relax during our lunch break. Comfy couches, bizarre modern art, free wifi, hip magazines... I could go on.
As Hannah R. mentioned previously, I was drawn to it originally because of the chalkboard outside, which read "Americans now welcome" after Obama was elected. It's that type of place.
When you order food (a sandwich, a cup of soup), instead of receiving a number or a token, you get a nice sparkling headband with glittery gold springs. Of course, you don't HAVE to wear them, but what's the fun in holding something like that in your hand?
Mostly vegan/vegetarian food is served here, but I can vouch for it's tastiness (and this is coming from an avid meat eater).
Also, during the holiday season, they hung their christmas tree upside down from the ceiling, with a Buzz Lightyear doll grabbing onto the top (bottom).
I tend to think of coffee shops as having two important elements: 1) the coffee, preferably in espresso form, and 2) the lounging factor (ie comfort & availability of couches, type of atmosphere, quality of WiFi). This is one of five Coffee@ cafes around town and is usually quite busy, especially on weekends.
First, the joe. Bermondsey Street Coffee (BSC) produces a decent espresso (I reckon they probably use Union beans as opposed to my preferred Monmouth) which I'm happy to sit casually sipping although the chai tea latte was a bit bland. In all fairness, I do like strong flavours that pack a punch whereas the chai tea was more like my little cousin's attempts to try to tickle me - you know what it's trying to do but it's just not working.
Lounging-wise, this place is pretty comfortable with a ton of couches and easy chairs that are deeply padded and mostly clean. It invites you to sink in and fall into a semi-comatose daze which is perfect after wandering through Borough Market for a couple of hours and then trying to make it home. There are also more study tables and chairs for those who want to get some work done as well as a whole row of power sockets in the front half so you can plug in your computer and not worry about battery life. Music is quite chilled house-type and varies depending on which barista plugged in their iPod I think. Overall, fits well with the general atmosphere. I've got to give props for the creative use of legos and only wish they laid some out alongside the board games for me to entertain my inner child.
There is free wifi (well for an hour at least) and you can get the password from the baristas which essentially means you either need to be shameless or order something. Prices aren't too bad so don't worry about it, beats the hell out of Starbucks for sure. Unfortunately, the wifi is pretty slow and not good for more than basic emails with facebook and even some google searches taking a bit of time to load. Don't bother trying to stream music or video, it's hopeless. For reference, when I was trying to connect it was about 11am and there were maybe a handful of people in the shop. I can't imagine what it's like when the place is rammed.
BSC also has a selection of sandwiches and I think even hot paninis (all organic and healthyish of course) plus the usual array of muffins, cookies, and pastries. I haven't yet sampled the food so no comments there.
Overall, a good place to grab a coffee or sit and relax for a while. It's on the way to work for me so that helps too and given the rarity of places to relax away from tourists in London Bridge it's a winner for that alone.
The coffee here is consistently a bit shit.
Certainly not the best anything that anyone has ever seen, but I really like this place, all the same. They have nice teas and good fresh juices. The pastries are lovely, and I like the kicky decor, the awesome artwork on the walls, the staff, the storefront, the people watching. It's particularly pleasant on a sunny summer day... it's nice and airy inside, but not too bright. I also appreciate the vegetarian offerings.
The place is just funky and refreshing, with nothing else like it in the area. To be honest, that's why I ended up here in the first place. It's near my friend's flat, so stopping in began as a convenience. But I came back because it's just awesome.
Well this is one of an endangered species now. The mother of all the coffee@place on Brick Lane has gone bankrupt and now just the odds and sods remain scattered over the London.
It is absolutely ok, does better than Starbucks coffee, has better than Starbucks snacks. Apart from that it doesn't really stand out. It probably has free wifi...
The only unique thing about it is perching in the sun outside and watching people wander up and down Bermondsey Street with their cute dogs. Now that is fun.
My new local coffee shop. I'm here on the daily. It's pretty fucking hipster, I admit. But I'm okay with that.
Get the banana mocha frapp - so good.
My friend Emily and I dragged ourselves groggily over to Coffee@Bermondsey St after a late Saturday night. She recommended the place, and, if ever her good taste was in question, it is now assured as excellent.
I had tea and a sultana croissant and oh how lovely it was like birds chirping on a warm, dewy morning. The croissant was properly flaky and the nettle tea was interested and fine quality.
We sank into one of the big, comfy, lovingly worn leather couches and noshed. There are silly decorations (in the best of ways) sitting around the cafe ranging from toy robots to tiny model cars. The cafe has a nice selection of drinks, hot and cold, and cafe-style food.
They even have a sense of humor: it was the weekend after the US election and written on their board was the statement "Americans now welcome." They write in chalk in random places on the inside and outside, lending to an artsy, fun feel.
Great place for a light bite or cozy coffee.
I like the feel of the place. It's got that quirky hipster try-hard thing going on a little, but if you're ok with that then you won't mind.
What you might mind are the staff acting like it's their very own social club and perhaps thinking that them having fun with their mates is more important than getting you your lunch or potentially very average coffee. The soup I had was excellent though, as was the muffin, so I'm a bit torn. I'll probably go back if I have the chance, but won't be making the trip especially.
It'll always be a slightly busy in there as it's right amongst it on the happening Bermondsey Street.
Lovely coffee shop with a great atmosphere. The back is full of squishy sofas and they play chilled disco/house type music. The staff are friendly and the coffee is good. The cakes are delicious and the local noticeboard adds a homely feel.
You can easily spend a Saturday afternoon here chatting with friends. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
I'm rather fond of the Coffee@ shops. They don't do fantastic coffee, nor are they incredibly cheap, and the tables seem to be perpetually dirty.
So why do I like this place?
Well, they have a whole bunch of magazines and newspapers for those who need something to ride. The walls are nicely decorated with neon signs, while the lampshades are made up of paper espresso cups. They have free wi-fi. Music's fairly decent (today, they seemed to be playing loads of songs from The Cure). They've got sofas and cushions.
All in all, it's a great place to catch up with friends for a long period of time. In fact, I think it'll be a great place to continue a date after lunch nearby. It's just got that kind of incredibly comfortable vibe without being too crowded (at least not in all the weekends I've been there).
Love the vibe of this hip cafe filled with awesome music, couches, and people on their macs and ipads.
Prewrapped sandwiches can be toasted although didn't try them (nor did I try the coffee). Opted for a smoothie which was standard fare.
I just really enjoyed the atmosphere--I could sink in here for a good long time.
One thing that does bother me though is that everything is served in paper and plastic, even if you are consuming in. That sucks.
I love this place as much for the weird and wonderful decor as the coffee and sandwiches. Think coffee cups made in to lampshades, plastic toys arranged in formation all around the counter, yummy coffee and healthy, organic food plus wifi - that's the dream!
The fact that it's located in the southernmost part of Bermondsey Street, one of my favourite London streets for its skinny, cobbled loveliness, quaint little shops, relative quiet (on the weekends at least) and access to the bustle of London Bridge and it's surprising I don't while away more hours at Coffee@.
Bermondsey Street is such a boutique alleyway, and there should be strong competition for a fine coffee along here. Sadly there isn't, nevertheless, Coffee@Bermondsey is a shining light - especially for a coffee particular like most of us Kiwis :)
Good coffee for starters, free wifi and great couches. This is laptop central in here! Generally great vibe, chalkboards covered in witticisms.
Though generally great, the staff are sometimes a bit casual. Would give four and a half stars but not five - as there's always room for improvement.
Dope ass coffee shop! Its got the hipster ass couches and wall decor and everything! Good coffee too and relatively cheap if your from the UK. The vibe of this place is amazing. Friendly staff, good coffee (i got the americano) and plenty of room and space to chill. Its close by to a place I intern so i expect to be here often.
I like to visit coffee@bermondsey in the morning for a quick coffee and delicious yogurt/granola breakfast creation they stock - it's not made in-house but everything in it is fresh and organic, produced by Laura's Idea. I can highly recommend it - it comes in a vegan version too for those of you out there who are into that.
I have eaten lunch here a number of times, not because the food is great, but because it is directly across the road from where I work and I often don't have long for a lunch break. Their lunch-time food consists of pre-packaged sandwiches which they'll toast for you. They're okay, but I find a number of their sandwiches are a bit samey. They also sell soups and salads (I don't think either are made in house) and these are also okay, but everything is just a tad too expensive. Having said that, their custard tarts are worth every penny!
As Rob has said in a previous review, they are trying a bit too hard to be quirky (the lampshades are made out of cardboard coffee tops) and lately I've been taking my lunch back to the office because it gets really crowded and they often play the music too loud.
Just a note to say:
i love this place so much.
great coffee and great atmosphere.
just to clear things up for those wondering, the coffee@ chain went over the summer but this one, the Brick Lane one and the Goswell Road one have now opened.
This one is called Bermondsey Street Coffee and its the same brilliant place it was just with a new name. :)
The other two are obviously called 'Brick Lane Coffee' and 'Goswell Road Coffee'.
It isn't exactly accessible by public transit, but if you find yourself in the neighborhood do drop in for a quick cup. This kitschy little joint has a NYC Soho feel and is popular with the yuppie locals. Can't speak for the other brews but my mochas have been quite consistent, though service is a tad on the slow side. But that isn't what Bermondsey Street is about, is it?
It's been awhile since I've been here, and it doesn't stand out too vividly in my mind. I remember being pleased with what I got (which was probably a latte.) What I do remember is some nice, laid back house music playing in the cafe, which I like. Being from America, where electronic music is considered a novelty, I was pleased with its ubiquitous presence.
Ive been here a few times. Often when waiting for my girlfriend to finish work.Its not a place i would go to in order to chill out. I use this place mearly as a place to get out of the rain. The coffee is not that great. I would stick to the bottle drinks and packet cakes and cookies. the instore made food is not that great. Not my favourite coffeehouse in the world.
This may not be the most amazing coffee house in all of London, but it is definitely the best in the London Bridge area. Yes the decor is 'different', with paper-cup lampshades and breezeblock walls, but it's still a great place to chill out, especially for those who work in the area and want a break from the office. There is a good selection of organic salads and sandwiches on offer, albeit pre-packed, and the coffees and teas are the real thing. The idea of this place is to not take things too seriously, it's just a fun cafe where you can grab a cup of coffee or a quick lunch. An added touch is the jar of doggie biscuits at the back for whoever happens to have brought their canine friend along.
The coffee here is very good for the local area, although that might not be saying too much as coffee in SE1 seems to be pretty poor. There is free wifi and very handily it is open fairly late.
I was recommended this place. I like the magazines and friendly informal notice board best. It has rather a lot of peroxide lladies networking people, so it is a bit liike being on the Apprentice, but, if you are lucky, you can get a seat away from them.
I used to live on Bermondsey street and this was one of my favourite places to hang out. Yes it's not dirt cheap and the food options are a little eclectic, but it's a great chilled out, arty atmosphere and even on a busy weekday lunch it's not overly crowded (just more difficult to find a place to sit). With free wifi, magazines, papers and funky music playing (but not too loudly) it's a great place for a quick lunch or a long, lingering coffee afternoon. The hot sandwiches come presented in a little cardboard lunchbox with a handful of crisps brilliant concept. They also sell a range of fruit and healthy snack bars at the counter. Ohand the counter always has the day's horoscopes cut out and on display. A brilliant way to while away a few seconds whilst waiting for your order. Ohand I'm not sure if they do this any more, but as recently as a year ago, they gave out glittery headbands with springy ear-things as your 'number' when waiting for an order. So weird..but in a good way.
I always go at the weekend as Bermondsay is so quiet and the coffee shop is no different. Everytime I've gone, I've got a seat and its quiet enough to get on with reading. Really cool setting and comfortable seats. Free wifi aswell.
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