I always try to stop by for lunch and a coffee if I'm in the area. Tutti's has a great selection of sandwiches, paninis and pastas at very affordable prices, and the window bar is an excellent idea for watching the world go by as you enjoy your lunch. Recently renovated downstairs, the place now has extra seating and two 'caves'. The owner renovated the old coal storage in the basement offering two stylish and separate hangouts if you want more privacy while enjoying your lunch/coffee.
After passing by Tutti's for the bazillionth time, I decided to stop in and see what it was all about. Usually, the windows of this corner cafe on the pedestrian bustling Lamb's Conduit Street are filled with people eating, drinking, reading newspapers or just generally being nosey and watching passers-by from their barstool vantage points.
The old and thoroughly worn-in wooden floors teamed with the eclectic decorations, colourful menu board and a well-used three-piece suite definitely made this caf stand out from, say, the cookie-cutter Starbucks just across Great Ormond Street. In addition to the barstools that line the windows, the cafe has a couple tables and chairs on the ground floor and additional seating on the lower ground floor.
Standard grab-and-go cafe fare is available and is supposedly made onsite. The price of these items is far-and-away cheaper than similar concept cafes (coughPretaMangercough), and the available options range from the traditional to the inspired. Some hot items like soup, jacket potatoes and chile con carne are available on the menu board next to some truly delicious sounding smoothies. The cafe pours Costa coffee at significantly cheaper prices.
Although my soya latte had some grounds at the bottom of it, I can't complain for an otherwise adequate java for only £1.10. Plus, as a French Press drinker, I'm used to avoiding the dregs anyway. The fact that it was served in an ordinary coffee cup pleased me immensely, as I always feel like a ponce drinking my latte out of those tall, awkward glasses with useless handles at regular Costa locations.
I wouldn't go out of my way for another cup of coffee here, but I definitely will try out the smoothies. And the fact that the drinks are so cheap in addition to the free wifi, the comfortable settee and the innocuous indie man-with-a-guitar music playing in the background will probably encourage me to return here to spend many an hour working and studying.
Because I'm getting pretty damned tired of the five song loop that has been playing really loudly on repeat at my local Pret-a-Manger for the last six months.
This is my local on Lambs Conduit Street when I want to support an independent business for my coffee. The prices for coffee, tea, smoothies, breakfast baked goods, and sandwiches are decent. There are two very good savory options. One includes a selection of salads (bean, pasta, etc.) that are reasonably priced and you can get a mixture. The selection's pretty decimated by about 1.30-2.00pm, so if you want that move quick. Tutti's also has pasta dishes that they'll warm up for you and they are right tasty.
I'm not telling what my favorite food item is because they don't order a lot each day. I will say it is made by a local German cook and it is the best I've had in the area.
As already mentioned free wifi, though you need a password.
I can't recall if the place is wheelchair accessible though there's always some mum clunking her SUV-sized baby buggy into the doors. I think they'd be glad to provide service.
Twice I've been lured by the Union coffee logo on the sandwich board out front, and twice I've been disappointed.
If Union coffee means barely drinkable, then Tutti's hit it spot on. Having consumed top-notch Union coffee at other joints around town, I know that this is not the case.
What the folks down at Tutti's, perhaps, could benefit from is another tutorial on how to pull shots and steam milk by the Union brew peeps. If the fault does not lie there, then their machine may need to be serviced. I actually don't recall the make of their machine, and maybe it's not terribly decent. It could be that they need to invest in a better brand.
I'm pained to say that in won't be visiting this shop again unless it's to buy a bottle of water. The locale is choice, the outside seating is grand, and, on rainy days, the window seats for people-watching are ideal, but the product is, sadly, sub-par.
Super cute and easy going! I just landed in London and my hostel room isn't ready yet so I have been chilling at Tutti's for the last several hours.
Free wi-fi, which is making my life better! A diverse seating arrangement; huge windows with bar style seats for the computer solo user, Comfy couches for the loungers and coffee drinkers and lots of tables for the lunch-time group crowds! The atmosphere is buzzingly busy which is fun to watch as well as take part in...or at least feed off the energy. AND great fresh food, coffee and smoothies! :)
I'm fond of this little cafe. I jumped in here not long back after I was running up against a deadline and needed wi-fi access speedily. Half an hour, and one latte later and I was all caught up.
The guy who runs the place is friendly. We had a giggle about him giving me a takeaway coffee when i'd just asked to use the wi-fi. The staff are very friendly and I sat in the sunshine tying away.
And then it all went a bit wrong! Much like the rest of the area, they close at five. I guess that's quite reasonable, isn't it? I wasn't turfed out though, and possible outstayed my welcome by a good ten minutes, but it was a shame I didn't get there earlier in the day - it's a good spot to do some work and catch up on my reading.
I'll be back.
Locally owned. Amazing coffee. And unlike Starbucks who used across the street, they pay their tax!
With so few places in the Lambs Conduit area open on a Sunday (and early) I was delighted to soak up the neighborhood vibe at Tutti's. Plenty of space (couches, tables, bar space, outdoor seating) gave it a good coffee-shop vibe. Large variety of paninis and sandwiches, and they also have a whole juices and smoothies menu. The coffee is Union which is delicious, although they need to be better trained by Union (milk was too hot). A delightful little place if you are in the area and need a pick-me-up.
There are a few lovable cafes in Lambs Conduit Street, and this one deserves a special mention because despite its excellent coffees, incredibly friendly owner and staff, perfect prices, absolutely delectable salad bar, all sorts of wonderful quick and yummy lunches, healthy and affordable and tasty foods, Mediterranean cooking and charm people still seem to manage to sit in the much-opposed-and-fought-against new Starbucks opposite. And why? I might just go in and ask them one day. Shocking. Tuttis was there long before, and is such a very good place! Ok, it is often full, so maybe that's why. Anyway, it's great.
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