After a year+ of eyeing Store Street Espresso with jealousy and sadness on my way to the Senate House Library, I finally treated myself to a beverage and a snack here. Though I will never have to return to said library ever again (can I get a 'WOOOO!'?), I will go out of my way to come back to Store Street Espresso!
The shop itself is uber chic, with an outside area that's usually packed with super cool-looking people smoking a cigarette and drinking their lattes from dainty glass tumblers. When inside, you're greeted by a gorgeous looking display case of freshly prepared sandwiches, quiches, and pastries, and a clean space with lots of seating. With Bon Iver playing softly on the stereo overhead (followed by a rather enthusiastic, slightly stranger Mexican folk music situation afterward...), I was ready to caffeinate and get some serious work done.
I ordered an iced flat white and a slice of avocado toast (as I said, I'm treating myself today). While it was a pretty penny, coming to about £7 for the two items, you're really paying for the quality here. The iced flat white (btw, side note -- more London coffee shops need to jump on this 'iced' drink bandwagon) was smooth, rich, and balanced. Not bitter in the slightest! And since you can't really go wrong with any variation of the sourdough toast and avocado combo, my snack went down a treat, as well.
What really separates Store Street Espresso from its (*cough* East London) competitors is the friendliness of the (Hipster! There are nice hipsters!) staff. They're helpful, patient, and really welcoming. They say hello when you get in, and goodbye when you leave. (While I guess this isn't really that big of a deal, and really quite normal by general standards of social interaction, I've been conditioned by the aloof baristas of Old Street).They also don't try and take away your drink the second you've finished it, or glare at you angrily when you've been sitting there for a few hours on your laptop.
Quality stuff! This place is great.
Tip 1: Card charges under £4 get a £0.10 fee tacked onto them
Tip 2: Wifi is normally free and unlimited (none of that by-the-hour nonsense), but is switched off between 12-3 during the lunch rush. Be prepared to tether or scram!
Oh, Store Street - you fancy, hunh?
I used to hustle down this street en route to the Library - it was used as a way to get from A to B, not as a destination itself. Now, though? Charming like whoa. And Store St. Espresso is partially to credit for this nice strip tucked away just off Tottenham Crt. Road.
Here's what I love about Store Street Espresso: the space. It's so bright, thanks to a skylight. It actually reminds me a lot of the Scandinavian coffee spots I hung out in this past summer: bright, white, natural elements, attractive attentive barristas, nice font (fully recognize this last point might not seal the deal for many). Long wooden tables for working. Beautiful little details, like cards for sale by local artists (3 for 5, I think). Want some toast? Oh, hey, there are more than your standard options for toppings like Marmite and several jars of PB.
Coffee is from Square Mile. And remember to get your card stamped - loyalty perks, gang! [tentatively stated bonus point: I think there might even be student discounts? But don't quote me on this]. Otherwise, though, I'll say that I'm willing to pay a premium for good coffee, but these are micro-teeny flat whites for the price.
Yelp note: depending on time of day/week it can feel pretty Uni student-dominated due to its proximity to UCL/SOAS/etc. Which is no problem, really, other than making me _feel old_.
Thanks to Sharon for sharing Store Street Espresso, one of her favourite haunts when she was studying round the corner
It's located on Store Street, an interesting little street tucked just off Tottenham Court Road. There are various little delis and restaurants on this little street
Store Street Espresso has a studenty feel to it with so many university buildings nearby - it's laptop city inside. They gravitate her for good coffee, I was told and though I'm nowhere near being a coffee aficionado, my iced coffee was packed with flavour
Being the visitor, I let Sharon choose our toasted sandwiches and she came back with 2 lovely combinations - cheese and ham.pastrami and cheese with sundried tomatoes. We ended with a heavenly chocolate brownie
An oasis of calm worth the detour from Tottenham Court Road
I was here for an "After Hours" pop-up desserts visit and had an excellent time. The place is lit well. Dim, but just enough brightness for excellent contrast instagram photos :)
The desserts themselves were sublime. Small, but constructed with strange and wonderful ingredients you don't come across everyday. Honeycomb, chocolate ganache espresso, freeze dried rhubarb, blackberry parfait. Amazing.
The staff were friendly and despite needing a special reservation, the place wasn't empty the whole night. The coffee here (unsure of whether from pop-up or venue itself) is excellent. The only downside of the visit is that now I wish every coffee in the world included a giant lump of chocolate Ganache and Almond Biscotti :)
I stopped in for a quick coffee on my way back to work. The cappuccino was a bit, well, bitter and burnt tasting, so it was unpleasant for me to drink.
The decor is well, basic. As if someone couldn't really be bothered to do anything inventive or interesting with the spot.
The service is friendly and the desserts and sandwiches looked nice, but given the poor coffee, it's unlikely I'll be back.
I really wanted to like this place, it comes with a trendy layout and furnishings, decent prices and good looking staff ready to talk about the menu and help you decide.
Unfortunately the square mile coffee was over roasted and it didn't satisfy. Maybe next time. I'd still prefer it over Starbucks but it won't be my regular coffee spot.
It cannot be denied, one has to shell out for good coffee in London but at least it exists... HERE amongst other places.
From the street this coffeehouse looks like a design store with it's contemporary and minimalist furniture and general fashionable clientele present in the window seating. Nice range of pastries, cakes and snacks, though also; not-so-cheap.
I must praise the teas as well at the coffee which come thoughtfully served in individual filters, which begins to explain their (also) high price.
Really nice space they've got going on here - I have to say that as much as I like places like Monmouth and Foxcroft & Ginger, I find them to be a little on the cosy [/estateagentspeak] side. SSE is far more roomy in that regard which is nice, especially if you're going to be living there.
As for the coffee, well, it's a bit on the pricey side - definitely one for those who drink coffee out of pleasure rather than out of necessity. I didn't catch the prices for the espresso-based drinks, but the aeropress brews are £3 and V60 drip coffees are £4. I went for the aeropress and, well, it really didn't disappoint - very smooth, light on the acidity and finishing with a distinct chocolatey-ness. Yums. My coffeemate (not that coffee mate) was impressed with their caffe latte too. Buono.
Although it's a bit out of my way, I will definitely be dropping in again in the future if I need to do a couple of hours of reading, especially as it's much less manic than, say, Monmouth. Pricey, yes, but definitely one of the top brews in town.
Great flat whites and a nice space. Love the ceiling window in the back, providing tons of natural light. Downsides are that it's a bit on the pricy side, and it's a bit hit or miss when it comes to staff. Some of themcan be very unfriendly and unwelcoming, while others are really nice and chatty.
Good coffee and it isn't in east London?
Whenever I need a place to meet someone for a coffee near the BL, Senate House, Warburg, UCL... well, Bloomsbury in general, this is my go-to spot. Well located between Warren Street, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, and Russell Square, it is a small cafe with friendly staff, cozy/minimalist decor, and really good coffee.
Plus, they don't mind if you linger/study, they have free wifi, and they are definitely not Starbucks.
If you are picky about coffee and want a centrally located, down to earth yet upscale cafe: this is your spot. I think my latte cost £2, which is on par with most places of this type in London.
Oh Store Street, how I did long for you from San Francisco.
Beautiful architecture and art, attentive waitstaff, delicious treats, beautiful coffee.
If you're looking for a relaxing afternoon in a proper cafe, look no further than Store Street Espresso.
I used to frequent this place like it was going to close. It was a great place to for good coffee and goat cheese sammies.
Not to far from campus, it was great place to duck in and drink some coffee until it was respectable enough an hour to go over to the pub across the street. And with all the rain we had in London that year, you would find me many times at the corner table hunched over a table with a flat white from my favourite Australian.
Sadly, they got so popular it was hard to find a spot just on a whim after a while. Sadly for me, not for the guys that is.
I also followed them on twitter, so it was good to know what fun things were being sold for the day as well.
Miss it a lot.
Excellent coffee - square mile beans, and well made. Service pleasant, and ideally located for a break from revision when you're working in Senate House Library.
Prices reasonable - a long black is £2 which is admittedly a little more than you'd pay in Starbucks or Costa, but it's more than a little bit better!
This little white-washed espresso house is a welcome addition to the Bloomsbury area, previously bereft of a properly good local coffee shop.
I stopped in for a piccolo. Greeted politely though not enthusiastically, I took a seat to wait for my coffee. A barista delivered it to me. I sat next to some books on a shelf, 4 of which were The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (kind of weird). Took a poetry volume off and leafed through it while I enjoyed my competently prepared coffee beverage. But it didn't blow me away. And, ultimately, neither did Store Street Espresso.
Everything was just a bit too vanilla*.
I'm very fond of Store Street Espresso. It's a combination of great coffee, delicious sandwiches, wi-fi, the skylight which is so effective when there's sun out, and, my favourite part, the bookshelf which means that I can just chill out and grab a book when I've forgotten to bring one out with me.
Yes, I'm way too used to having something to occupy me, if I'm not able to sit down and just chill without anything to do, but that's beside the point.
I've been asked what the 'chemistry lab' photo I uploaded means. Well, not so long ago, when it was sweltering hot, Store Street had some cold brew coffee, which I think is coffee brewed with iced water, and not the usual boiling hot water you get. In fact, it was so hot that day that the shop bought out all of the ice from surrounding supermarkets.
Hmm, I haven't reviewed this place despite having gone there twice last week.
It's very similar to most of the of the other fancy coffee places cropping up everywhere, right down to the obligatory fixie bicycle chained up outside, but it has a bit more space than most of the others.
I'd give it 5 stars but I don't think they've made the best use of the available space and there's a weird problem with the roof where condensation builds up and then starts dripping on you from above.
I had very high expectations of this place, after reading Londonist's review.
This is a nice little unassuming cafe which is slightly hidden away, but having said that, it still managed to be rather busy when I went there! The staff were speedy and efficient, but still managed to appear laidback. Very impressive.
Despite the fact that it was busy, I found a seat no problem - it's the kind of place where it wouldn't be strange to ask to sit on someone else's table if they were alone. It's very minimalistic in decor, and the better for it.
The Flat White I had was absolutely lovely, with very caramel-like tones to it, and I think cheaper than all of The Big Coffee Chains. The staff were very much on top of cleaning the tables when I was in there, but didn't at all make me feel rushed.
All in all it's a brilliant little place - go!
I was just walking around and then came across this coffee shop. It's really a nice, minimalistic and light place.
I will definitely go there again. As there is a lot of natural light due to the windows in the ceiling, it's a perfect place to read something while having a good coffee.
Excellent coffee however on somedays they didn't had yogurt and granula and you were forced to eat their pastry which should be just fine for a Brit but any other sain person would want to eat something healthier
This place has a relaxing, hipstery ambiance, great for the studends in the area. I didn't care for my macchiato, but I haven't been drinking them long enough to know a good from a bad, so not counting that against them. I had a great sandwich, the pastries looked decilious. Nice staff. Can definitely get crowded so if you need a place to sit, take a scan before you order.
Soup was excellent, flat white was good to very good.
Very good coffee, decent pastries friendly service and cool interior make this a pretty nice place to go to escape the office. And escape here I do; on a regular basis. Little positive extras that set this place apart from others are the newspapers just lying about for anyone and the jam jars you set out to help yourself.
So why don't I give it the full five stars? Something about the place feels ever so slightly off. The too cool for you school of some of the staff is off putting. I really don't need a patronising "Really? You have a grinder?" when I decline their offer to grind my beans. And it's a sign to me that their target audience are not serious coffee lovers, but people worried about appearing trendy. This is reinforced by the atmosphere, which seems bought via well chose interior design pieces rather than grown organically.
None of this takes away from the fact that they do a wicket flat white and that their standard black coffee is a long black rather than the usual americano, which in my opinion shows dedication to taste.
Pleasant environment with clean white walls and skylights providing natural light even at the back of the cafe. Square mile beans are used which is a plus. However my Macchiato was disappointing. Somewhere, the flavour of the beans had disappeared. I will no doubt return as it is, overall, a pleasant place to be. However, currently it is not among London's best.
I don't drink much coffee, so can't comment on that, but I love the atmosphere here and it's right in the middle of an area I love in London. It's usually busy, but I haven't had much trouble finding a place to sit, the staff is fun, and if you can get it before it runs out, the salads are great. I come for white peony tea and a place to study.
I take it back! I'm dreaming of cappuccinos and muffins!
The space is great well lit, excellent and convenient location for the British Museum and well placed for business I would think. Well considered artworks on the wall brighten the place up. Have had the coffee a few times, and its very good Square Mile and seasonal variations. They generally have one pourover available had the 8 estrellas Bolivian last time i was here which is great. 3.50 though.
An extraordinarily good espresso - the best I've had since I was last in Seattle.
free wifi, good coffee, fun place to sit and do work
Forget about the coffee (I don't drink it), the tea is just delicious and the cakes are unbelievably yummy
Very minimalist, good fun and great coffee. A welcome addition
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