Morning cappuccino :)
There is no reason Gail's should be 3 stars. Yes its a chain, but its coffee and baked goods are far superior to the other coffee shop chains in London: Hint, the one 5 doors down from Seattle, Washington. Gails has a local vibe and it might take one a while to realize its a chain. Walking in St Johns Wood the other day, some tourists stopped me and asked if I could point them in the direction of the "World famous Gail's." That could be a bit of an overstatement, but I do love having them just down the street.
I also always have them stamp my card as the 11th coffee is on them.
Though I try to stay away from their baked goods because you can gain a stone by looking at them too long, their Cinnamon buns, croissants and scones are delish!
Stopped by just for a hot drink on a hot day (I know. Silly)
Opted for a hot chocolate rather than my usual coffee break and was pleased but not wowed.
Seems there are loads of locations and pretty good pastries so I recommend stopping in if you walk by one. The JWood location is definitely comfortable.
Good bakery but quite pricey for what it is... Bread is good but sweet pastries / cakes are quite over priced in my opinion. Stick on bread and it would not go wrong. This venue is quite small so don't plan on staying.
Yes...yes...okay... this is a chain...but it is relatively new (one and half years old) to St John's Wood....and things don't always move so quickly in "The Wood" (God how I have that phrase)
So GAILs has nice looking cakes - though I query how tasty most of them actually are. I would highly recommend the Cinnamon swizzle stick though and their bread is nice too.
They serve tea, coffee, hot choc etc and there is a small sit down area you can relax at. It is a small area though so it gets crowded (with people rebelling from Starbucks) - especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
Oddly they have some take away salads which you can grab. Having gone through a two month salad eating phase last October I confirm that the salad are quite nice.
Gail's is another good bakery in St. John's Wood.
Good bread, good sweet stuff, and a coffee that's at least better than at some other places round the corner. If the weather is nice, you can also sit just in front of the shop but there are only two or three small tables.
great quality of french bakery
I have been to all of Gail's branches , this one is the BEST. the members of staff are amazing and genuinely passionate about given you great service .
the shop is very small however this is what gives it character and warmth.
Their coffee tastes amazing , i think its as fresh as you can get anywhere in London. they use union coffee beans,bought in small batches and locally roasted in London , which translates to fresh tasting cofee every time.
I love this branch of Gail's :)
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