It's a Starbucks. But a nice and clean Starbucks in a busy shopping area with polite staff who SMILE. So it gets 4 stars.
Lots of Starbucks are now in the Soho / Covent Garden area. Some might not like it but they are there. I wanted a basic hot chocolate so Starbucks was the best option for me. After my first try Starbucks had no proper cup left since their dishwasher was broken (and many of the Oxford Street ones do not even give you a real cup), I went here.
Ordering was a bit complicated. I just wanted a basic classic hot chocolate with cream to stay. The woman did not manage to put that in the till, wanted to charge me extra for cream etc. In the end they had no cup in that size left but offered me a free upgrade. That was nice.
Getting a place is not easy. It can be quite busy. It is not really clean as not enough staff was around to clean the tables.
If you're desperate for a Starbucks and you're in the area, go there. If not, go to one of the nicer places around such as Flatplanet (just around the corner), Monmouth Coffee in Seven Dials or the Society Club in Soho.
Well this is a Starbucks so I guess everyone knows you can get coffee and some snacks there... I usually go for the Chai Latte which is pretty good (somehow it tastes better in Starbucks Switzerland but I don't really know why)
This Starbucks in particular is not very big and therefore you don't have a lot of space to sit down. It is missing out on the comfy couches and so I'd only recommend it for take away. But other than that, Chai Latte tastes as good as in any other Starbucks in London.
Okay, I like this one. When I popped in for a caffeine hit, there was a nice vibe going on. Yes, it has all the stuff at every other dandelion weed... I mean Starbucks... in the UK. Coolers with sandwiches, pastries and sodas, plus overroasted and expensive espresso drinks and drip coffee. Plenty of tables and chairs with power outlets so that you can browse the Interwebs while you get your coffee on.
Outside tables for the smokers. Note: There is a Boris bike stand across the street.
Wi-fi is free if you top up a Starbucks card with £5 and register. Yes, you can use the £5 immediately.
I have got this Starbucks on lock, yo.
I walk in, smile at my friendly barista buddies from back in the queue, and my drink is ready and waiting for me at the till before I even make it through the queue.
The baristas here are the friendliest, chattiest, quickest, most efficient baristas in any Starbizzle in London, and the fact that it is less than a minute away from my desk just makes it all the better. I am NOT a morning person, these guys always put a smile on my face no matter how grizzled and half-asleep I am when I visit.
Love you, Bizzle!
Placing a starbucks in Soho is a crime. Along with that, all the soho starbucks' are crummy anyway, so they all get this review:
DONT GO HERE! GO TO A PROPER CAFE!
I genuinely love seeing what Starbucks is like in various countries/airports/cities. Hey, some people collect stamps and postcards, I like reporting back on how the Starbucks experience is.
I had read online that England's Starbucks were consistently dirty or ill-kept, but found no evidence here. In fact it was extremely speedy, the baristas were very friendly, and I was able to use my american Starbucks card just as quickly and easily as at any american Starbucks. Ok, more easily than at some American Starbucks, but we'll review them later.
All in all, I got my iced grande soy chai in under a minute, took a second to observe the fact that you also get annoying computer campers taking up 4 person tables with one laptop and one drink for 8 hours, and went on my merry way. Well done, London Starbucks!
A large part of me is incredibly embarrassed to admit to going to starbucks, even though I never have the coffee. And yet, there are days when nothing will make me feel better like a grande soy no water chai. Try one if you haven't. And it's nice to know that I can find one anywhere in an emergency.
Great location and free wi-fi for Starbuck card holders...only problem is lack of space (gets very overcrowded) and they don't open downstairs often enough. So by the time you've got your coffee, there's no seats left.
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