Best coffee I've had in London paired with the friendliest staff I've encountered in London. I haven't gotten around to trying all the pastries (yet), but they look delicious.
I've had their blend in as a guest when I owned my own coffee shop and liked it. Not great, but certainly in the good category. They've a very nice roastery over the road too. so hopes started high.
But I don't like the 'staff banter amongst ourselves is more important than you' attitude we experienced as soon as we entered; the one guy not even acknowledging us as we stood there and the second fiddlin' away at some 'urgent' (I've too busy) barista bull-sh** around the machine. I nearly turned and headed to the rather nice Brick Lane Coffee just around the corner instead.
So anyway, two flat whites were eventually ordered. We got a bottle of warm tap water to 'clean our palate' but it smelt so like a musty fishtank I decided not to bother. The drinks arrived and each had different latter art (sic!) which was a nice touch I guess. Both had immaculately steamed milk, so they do know what they're doing here. Taste wise I can't say it was amazing, but it was a tad above the average with just a little bitter aftertaste. A hint of caramel was welcome on a mildly chilly Autumn day!
So looking around it's stylish but boring in the extreme. The furnishing are good quality and it all works together - like a friends place when they've spent a big Ikea gift voucher without much taste or individuality. It's 'designed', let's say that. No higgledy-piggledy styley at all. Plain. Dull. Wake me up!
Wasn't very busy when we went in around 5.00pm, just a few laptop users. No wifi which sucks big time. When I encounter this I immediately feel a business has made the specific choice to major on customer turnover, i.e. dirty cash, rather than customer care.
This is another long term 'must go to' place that kinda disappointed. The cakes and salads are left out uncovered on the counter too - not hygenic in my opinion. Overall, not great, not specifically bad, just dull, charmless and a tad irritating. Next ...
Nude has good coffee - great actually - but the service is glacially slow and designed to be as irritating as possible if you're looking for takeaway. You wouldn't think you could be in the way of a server looking to drop off dirty dishes AND another server looking to pick up table cutlery at the same time, but you'd be wrong.
Also, I could do without the dirty look and hipster attitude for wanting a little sugar in my latte.
One of the best coffees in London, yes it's strong but great subtle flavours. A nice place to chill amongst the buzz, plus they have great Portuguese custard tarts.
One of my favourite coffee shops off of Brick Lane, and my friends know that I am obsessed with finding good coffee wherever I live. This may not have been the first one I visited when I moved to the Big Smoke in September, but it is definitely the one I return to frequently.
The staff are friendly (although on my first visit I will admit they didn't come off as very sociable), and the coffee is delightful! I'm also a huge fan of their toasted banana bread with honeycomb butter (and it tastes divine wrapped in crispy bacon).
If you are looking for a place to have a good coffee and sit down in a comfortable cafe, this is the place to go. They also have a roastery near Upstreet Market, where you can pop in for a take-away coffee while taking in the aromas of their freshly roasted beans.
I popped into Nude Espresso in dire need of a coffee break while working at the office on Brick Lane one day. I was excited to try a mocha and a pastry, to wake up and stretch my legs. Everything was going well until the price rang up: £6.60?? But my coffee is barely as tall as my hand, and the pastry is nothing that fancy! That's $10 in the US (and yes, after a year, I still convert)!!
So unfortunately, I was, erm, put off my taste for Nude Espresso, despite the fact that the coffee was good. I just can't afford that nice of coffee apparently. Nonetheless, great location, friendly service, and I was excited to see they do a full food menu too. Maybe I will come back to try again, when I'm feeling a bit spendy.
I walked past Nude Espresso a couple of times, but it always looked very small and very busy. Since I actually was at Nude Espresso in East London a few weeks ago, I do not know why I always thought it is small - it's not. For a coffee shop, it is actually pretty big.
Nude Espresso just off Brick Lane in East London is a great coffee place to enjoy a cup or two. Being a micro-roastery and a coffee shop, Nude Espresso is for sure one of the best places for a coffee around Brick Lane. Besides coffee, they also do food, and they do the food as well as they do the coffee. What else to say? Not much! If you like coffee and haven't been to Nude Espresso yet, should should definitely pay it a visit.
On a side note, Nude Espresso also supplied the #guardiancoffee pop-up at Boxpark in Shoreditch, not far from this branch.
I stopped in today for an espresso and, at the reco of my friend, I ordered a 'white espresso.' It wasn't bad, though i don't think I'd order one again.
Anyway, the vibe here is spot on - quick to take your order, yet laid back enough to relax for a chat will you sip your caffeine. The pastries looked quite good, and I was tempted to order the sundried tomato scone, but panicked because of the growing line and just walked away with the coffee.
I wouldn't say that this place is to-do-for amazing, but it's reasonably priced and worthy of supporting if you're in the area and looking for a coffee. As a bonus, however, each bag of beans purchased allows you one free cup!
This coffee is pretty decent. I've had better and worse, but in terms of decent coffee around brick lane this is a safe bet. I've tried a few other coffee places around the area and this is better. I haven't had the chance to sit inside as usually get take away and the last time I sat down was when they were renovating and had a temporary warehouse conversion place.
Hip coffee shop in one of my fave areas of London! Bustling, great decor, super sweet business cards.
Delicious flat whites but a word of warning - our 8oz cups were just over half full. I would prefer if you guys would fill the cup, seeing as it's so small to begin with! Still, tasty, so I was in a forgiving mood ;)
Good food - when I'm up in the area I'll be working in here before the office opens and they've remembered me from the very first visit and that's pretty good.
Definitely one of the best coffees to be had up up that way.
I've heard amazing things about Nude Espresso for a long time and finally I was in the neighbourhood to try a cup. Oh. My. Wow. I'm pretty picky when it comes to coffee, but it's easily one of the best cups of coffee I have had this year. Make an effort to get there ASAP.
I haven't purchased their beans to try at home yet, so my review is solely of their Bonsoy latte! There was also mention of availability of vegan options, so if you dig a plant based diet then there are apparently food options on offer.
Also worth noting is the fact that they offer classes for budding home baristas.
It has everything going for it to be a GREAT coffee shop, but sadly the attitude of the staff lets it down. I must have been to Nude 20+ times in total (unfortunately, not through choice, in case you're wondering why I'm a glutton for bad service) and it just adds to the long list of coffee shops in the Shoreditch area where the coffee is great, but the staff is not.
Went here last weekend with a friend and left feeling as though I was taken advantage of financially. Am. Not. Going. Back.
Ordered a latte and yogurt w/fruit & granola. Coffee was quite good, albeit ridiculously small for the £2.50 (for the Middle Eastern tea drinkers, it was a small small small size that your grandmother use to put your tea in to train you for the big league tea drinking as a kid). My friend ordered a flat white (?) and pancakes. Her pancakes were quite good from what she said. B/w the two of us, we spent about £18. The moment we finished eating, our bowls and plates were taken away and we were asked if we were going to order anything more. We said no and 5 minutes later the waiter came by and said we'd have to give up our table for other customers.
Now I do understand this to some degree since there is capitalism and making money and all (particularly in this economy), but we were there for total less than one hour. There was no sign on the window or near the register/till saying that the maximum allowed stay would be only the duration of consuming food/drinking. Quite frankly, if they had said beforehand they kicked you out upon completion of drinks/food, my friend and I wouldn't have gone. What is the point of going out for brunch with a friend on the weekend if we can't have the proper length of time to catch up?
One last mini-rant and I'll cease the review: I hate to say go to Starbucks b/c it's fun to try different cafes, but that is exactly what we did after being tossed out of this joint. Walked over to Spitalfields and went to the Starbucks there w/out fear of being thrown out.
Ouch £2.80 for a flat white.
But it's good. It's Nude Espresso afterall.
Summer opening hours until 10pm- that's nice. More time to spend more money...
Being a big coffee drinker, here is my opinion about Nude.
Coffee - I ordered a flat white - very nice, but slightly on the milky side. Coffee could have been a little stronger. But overall I thought it was nice and smooth.
Muesli w fruit and honey - the yoghurt wasn't thick and was quite runny. Nothing special about the muesli itself and it came with some berries and fruit.
Blueberry pancakes - was a little burnt and a little too sweet. Too sugary and not too much flavour.
Service - the muesli came out quite quickly and the kitchen staff forgot that we ordered pancakes. We had to wait 20 mins for it to get prepared. There was a long line up when we got there for brunch on Sunday.
Price - Reasonably priced
Overall, I thought this place was reasonable, nothing to rave on about, but i would go there again if i had to. I would like to try some more food from there.
This place is pretty good. Can't speak for the coffee (I know, I know, who goes to a coffee shop for things other than coffee) but I've had a few other things here that were pretty good.
Location is great, space is cute, and I think they have free internet. Downside is that it's overpriced and the baristas are snotty. That said, I'd still go back and have a cuppa every now and again.
Hello coffee, my lover, my friend... I like Nude Espresso, and they make a damn fine cup of coffee. They also seem to have a new roastery open around the corner which serves up a killer filter cup (so I've heard) but here at NE Hanbury Street it's just Americanos. That disappointed me slightly but did not deter me from choosing this place for my caffeine fix.
I like NE, they have a relaxed arty vibe with a few business folk from Liverpool Street spilling in. But the atmosphere blend is pleasant.
Now don't go thinking because I have three starred this place it's crap. It's not, it's just not my favourite and I wouldn't jump on my bike and make the 20 minute cycle here for a cup of coffee. (Yes, I have been know to do that at other places before) As for their food, it looks lovely and I'm bookmarking this place to go back for some lunch and cake, all of which looks homemade.
On a final note, I love their tip jar, Dolly or Elvis... take a look and you'll see what I mean. I vote team Dolly!
I'm shocked that this place doesn't have an overall star rating of at least 4 stars. It's extremely popular for a reason.
The baristas are proper baristas, who know how to pour a latte, a cap, and a macchiato. For SF ex-pats longing for that perfect cup a la Ritual Roasters or Blue Bottle, look no further. This is it. Their macchiato was smooth, silky, and strong, with the perfect amount of milk. The aftertaste lingered pleasantly for a good 20 minutes - faintly caramel, sweet, no bitterness or sourness.
The most amazing part was the speed with which they crank out the coffees. in the time it would take a primadonna artiste at Blue Bottle to make one latte, the Nude barista duo cranked out half a dozen. It was pretty amazing to watch.
At £2 for a macchiato, it isn't cheap, but as they say, you get what you pay for. For all the folks who don't care what they drink, there's always the Starbucks down the street.
Cute little cafe, super nice service and really nice cappuccino. Sadly, I didn't try the deliciously looking cakes... Nice place to hang out & catch up with your friends on Friday afternoon.
perfect machiatto though I did have to wait for it for 10 minutes at 11.00 in the mid week morning
Otherwise the best coffee on the planet
I'm a bit divided about this place. The coffee is really good - well made espresso using proper beans, and lattes and cappuccinos that have just the right amount of milk and froth and still taste strong. They're all around £2, about the same price as most places in this area.
They also have an enticing choice of cakes and sandwiches laid out. The cookie I had (£1.20) was big and tasted like it'd just been baked - all crisp on the outside and soft and doughy inside. The paninis looked well made, with good quality bread and filling ingredients nicely balanced.
But on the down side these sandwiches are close to five pounds, taking the total bill for lunch up to near a tenner. To me, this seems like a bit too much to be paying for lunch on a regular basis and would put me off coming here more often. I'd rather go somewhere that had slightly more basic food but at a lower price.
The décor is stylish and would appeal to a lot of design conscious brick lane types. But everything feels a bit clinical and the hard, slightly cramped seating doesn't really invite you to lounge around for long. I'd prefer somewhere a bit less fashionable, but with more individual character and a sense of cosiness. Brick Lane Coffee springs to mind.
So overall, I'd say it's good for grabbing a quick coffee but bad if you want to eat or hang out for a while in comfort.
Boy, did we love this place! During our trip last month, Nude Espresso was one of our favorites. The neighborhood is awesome, the food outstanding, and the service was great!
Priced just right, and we didn't have a single thing we didn't absolutely love. We came for brunch around 11AM on a Sunday, and were seated very quickly despite a packed restaurant. Great lattes, and an amazing quinoa dish that I can't remember the name of now.
Also, be sure to come on a Sunday, and then visit the HUGE street fair on Brick Lane that pops up every Sunday! We were so overwhelmed at the sheer awesomeness of it. Great overall experience.
Another in a long line of great Aussie espresso spots... this place has a cool & clean layout, lots of space, and on a quiet street off of Brick Lane.
It felt very much like milk bar and flat white, I think they even served the goods in a shot glass... I like this neighborhood, though I didn't get to hang out here at night much. Definitely definitely worth going back here, and I'll try to track down the pizza place I went to a block over, whose name escapes me now...
They might have served me the best piccolo I've ever had in London*, but the service is APPALLING. I actually walked out without ordering anything on my most recent visit. It was that bad.
*And I've had quite a few, trust.
Very nice, little place, just around the corner from my office. I have heard of the place, but never tried until today. The minute the coffee arrives at the table, the dark colour smells of "English cappuccino" (which is my personal definition for too much espresso)...but I probably will have to stop ranting about that, before I start getting enemies.
Interestingly enough, it's not as strong as it looks. Their coffee is very good and the place has a nice atmosphere...with a few minor reservations--Bubbles in my coffee, probably due to imbalance between portion of milk and coffee, a bit of paper tissue toasted and merged with my sandwich... And a certain lack of original character to the coffee, which surprised me.
Nevertheless, its a good place to which I am sure I'll come back.
One of many good places for coffee around East London. It is perhaps not quality wise the best however they do know how to make an espresso and they are very friendly. They also have their own roastery around the corner (great to visit to sample their full range - they also make pour-overs there). If you find yourself at the Sunday Upmarket and feel like a coffee this is the place to go.
Great staff, sure know how to make an espresso and they are also very helpful (recommended a lot of other good coffee places in London).
This place provide coffee as an art. Always beautifully presented, I once saw them disregard a cappuccino as it didn't look pretty enough.
Aside from the lovely coffee, they don't provide the largest sizes. They would probably argue that they don't need to, but for me half the joy of a coffee is that is is supposed to be a break. It's usually gone in a moment.
Secondly, I always find it far too over crowded and the waiting team seem a bit haphazard, which lets them down.
Nude Espresso is amongst the pioneering cafes that are bringing quality coffee to a city in need. First of all, I really admire any café that is helping that cause.
The baristas are well trained, and really care about what they are doing. I was excited to find this place by chance, rather than hearing about it from my coffee nerd friends. In order to really get a feel for the blend that they use, I decided to order an ristretto. Although it was a tiny bit over-extracted, the taste was great and I gave it the thumbs up. The food menu looks good, but as I discovered this place after just having lunch, I didn't get to try anything.
Its location, on the quaint strip known as Hanbury Street, is ideally placed between Brick Lane and Spitalfield Market. Its just nice to know that people are starting to get on the right track with quality coffee.
Australians. Australians everywhere.
Fortunately, in my honest (biased) opinion, Australians make the best coffee both sides of the equator. I'm loving the fact I can order a long black everywhere now, not just in the great southern land. And this place does it WELL. Very well. The long black I had here was the best I've had in London. Unfortunately, I experienced the store dealing with the relentless post-brunch takeaway crowd and it didn't handle THAT very well. I got my delicious coffee eventually, but during my extended wait I was forced to direct customers where to line-up, where to order, where to wait and only because I'd been in the store for so long I'd clocked the confusing inner workings and was sick of seeing people walk in and just stand around. I don't like feeling like an employee on my first trip somewhere. But I do like a flawless long black. I'll probably still come back.
So I finally made it to Nude Espresso and was not impressed. I walked up to the counter and was ignored for about five minutes while a few orders for other tables were being prepared (and when I say ignored I mean that not one of the three people behind the counter even bothered to say hello).
The espresso I had was ok but not mind blowing. I needed the ladies room and was directed towards what turned out to be rather disgusting loos - smelly and dark due to broken light bulbs not being replaced.
And to top it off, those who suffer from suriphobia will be delighted to know that you will be greeted by a bright green mouse trap when you walk down the spiral staircase that leads to the aforementioned loos. The management might consider finding a less visible location for the trap.
So, the coffee was ok but everything else was second rate. I won't be raring to come back here anytime soon. Too much competition out there to have to put up with awful service and facilities.
this place has been my second home for almost a year I spent in London. Great coffee, very good brunch and cool atmosphere with quiet, good alternative music.
Staff is superfriendly.. their barista gave me a bag of intelligentsia coffee beans she had brought back from the states after she realised I was a coffee-addict and stopped by every day.
If you get a chance, do their seasonal supper parties. They're usually around 60 quid for a 5-course meal including wine and all. Food is prepared by The Wapping Project's head chef Cami who is crazy good.
Warning, nerdtalk after this:
They do roast their own blend now and after some trouble in the beginning it's turning out nicely. Pretty heavy and dense. Their shots are ridiculously thick, too.. they extract about 20ml from 15-17g of coffee and it's dripping out of the naked portafilter very slowly.
Nude left me underwhelmed. Being at the front of a short queue seemed to have no meaning for the staff who spent five minutes ignoring all of us before serving the person behind me.
The coffee is above average, though perhaps not for a specialist coffee bar. Brick Lane Coffee, up near Bethnal Green Road, is much more pleasant, has friendly staff, better music and better coffee.
Why don't people have patience to wait for a good coffee? If you decide to go at a busy time then of course two baristi and one machine can only produce a certain amount of coffee in a certain amount of time. Maybe i should stop reading others reviews before I write mine?
Nude is fab, every time I'm in bricklane I'm spoilt for choice with coffee but I always return to bricklane's original great coffee shop; Nude. And now they have a Roastery just 3 minutes walk away!
I was well impressed that the Barista poured a 4 leaf tulip in my friends soy cappuccino. Bravo nude. Keep it up kids.
Equal best coffee in London with the guys at Monmouth. Nude make a proper flat white, stong and smooth - I'd give them 5 stars, but there can sometimes be quite a wait for coffees, and it's at the top end for pricing.
Try their bananna choc chip muffins - delish!
My visit here was the most wonderful example of hipster idiocy...
I was having lunch with someone who was in a rush and asked for their coffee in a take-away cup as they were only going to stay for ten minutes and wanted to take the remainder of their coffee back to their office.
'No, we don't do that' said the member of staff taking our order.
Another member of staff (I assume the manager), wearing a London Fields/Nathan Barley uniform with Moscot-style thick rimmed black spectacles stepped in to explain it was ecologically unsound to give us one of the many polysterene cups that were on the counter.
'But if you give us a cup to have here, and then we take a disposable cup for the rest of the coffee, that's even more ecologically unsound.'
The answer. 'We don't do it because... it doesn't look nice.'
Okay. My companion (who, as it happens, was the creative director of Habitat who have their offices around the corner) stared at me, agog. And then laughed.
Great espresso for London. Not quite as good as Sightglass or Fourbarrel in my hometown of SF, but getting pretty close!
I must have passed Nude hundreds of times before giving it a go; it's in an overpriced area that's packed out most of the weekend. Silly me, because it's a favourite now and I regularly go out of my way for one of their rich and perfect flat whites.
The baristas really do know their beans and blends, and the nibbles are tasty as well (if a bit pricey). It's not just the coffee that's amazing- it's also the little things like the texture of the milk (delicate and, yes, 'velvety') and presentation (your drink is brought to your table by a friendly barista, and you can count on a cute milk foam design). Nude is one of the few coffee stops in London capable of making iced coffees as delicious as their hot coffees, and it's turned me into a bit of a coffee snob (which really is inconvenient in London...).
Warning: Nude is packed on Sundays- get in before 11am or visit another day.
My opinion of this place grows and grows and it is probably linked to the fact that I have started to try more and more of their cakes. Right now a flat white and chocolate and banana muffin is just about perfection.
I quite enjoyed their coffee and cakes. The ambiance is very nice and we were not rushed at all. People were chilling and reading books, contrary to what Nassim K experienced. I will go again. staff were friendly and attentive and it really is a cute little place. Only criticism is that it can be quite cramped inside. I also disagree with people that would rather go to Starbucks. Where's the coffee in Starbucks? Giant mugs of water with tiny amounts of coffee. Cannot compare Nude Espresso with Starbucks. Nude Espresso is so much better for coofee, cake, food and ambience.
Nice coffee. Nice cakes. Not cheap and coffees are smaller than what you'd get at the big chains.
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