I have always admired the Starbucks coffee. And this branch is just outside my home so it is the perfect solution when I want some good latte or cappuccino.
As far as Starbuckses go this one is a tiny notch above some of the others as it's got outside seating.
Other than that, it's pretty small, I'm not sure that counts as a plus or a minus in this case. On the one hand it adds something vaguely resembling cosiness, but on the other there is no quiet corner where you can hide from the shrieking children. Anyway, I don't like Starbucks much - as we all know they make coffee for people who don't really like coffee. I'm also convinced they're involved in a conspiracy to make people fat by serving really big portions (once you're fat you'll need more calories to keep going, and hence need to buy more food, see?). But that's just my own personal theory.
I prefer this branch to the one on the High Street - it's slightly tucked away from the commercial and transport maelström here, next to some very smart neighbouring shops and restaurants, and attracts a more chilled, suburban crowd (beware yummy mummies with push chairs though). It also has outside seating and huge picture windows overlooking Clapham 'Piazza' and towards the Common. Very nice for chilling out and watching the passing scene.
Very cosy and great place to meet people over a coffee or tea. I like this store as it is that busy. There are stretching baby at times, but what do you expect when coffee shop is near a park and school.
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