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Coffee Tag

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Busy popular, one of the best spots in the area, there is often a short wait for a table - otherwise it's takeaway only service, there is no quick bar or laptop club. They have a all day brunch style menu (similar to Gails). The coffee is what a lot of people come for. It was totally delicious, a Soy Spiced Chai Latte looked like it had been painted - it was literally perfectly poured. They have a cabinet with deserts, some nice doughnuts (I think they're from Crosstown, not sure) and some other treats I recommend. In summer it would be an amazing place to come since the windows slide open, gives of a very New York vibe about it, especially since it's on a very bricky side street. The staff are all rushed of their feet but very friendly. They're also dog friendly, and saw a lot of people bringing their adorable dogs here! Read more...

Kamps

A German bakery, friendly staff, a massive amount of choice, excellent value for money. The great thing about London is the choice and variety. Nowhere in London could you find baked goods like these. I don't know if they're native German foods or anything, but wherever they originated, they're delicious. I always go for a reasperry and crumble thing folded over like a Calzone with icing, and a coffee to go. It's perfect if you're strolling up and down Tottenham Court Road or studying in the area. There is plenty of seating. I'd go here for lunches and snacks as opposed to setting up camp with my laptop. Read more...

Gail's Artisan Bakery, Bankside

These guys are super friendly and do a mean Almond Chai Latte which I very very much suggest you get. The place in general is full of baked goodies. The cinnamon swirl is a good staple. All the stuff is baked fresh every day. So there is always something on offer. It gets busy on weekends, I usually get the simple scrambled eggs on toast. The Bankside area in general is quite suited for this kind of place, since it's open, modern, and chic. Read more...

Levain Bakery

Seriously the best cookies I've ever eaten. Oat and raison is one of their most popular ones I'm told and after having several I can see why. They're amazing. Read more...

Rex (Hell's Kitchen)

Wow their coffee is good. Almond Chai Latte. I had one of these, downed it on first taste and had to go back for another. It's not a big place but have a decent size menu and coffee range. The guys here were super friendly. As a Brit coming to NY it took me a while to get used to the different taste of the roast coffee here. I felt this place tasted just perfect. I'd pick up coffee from here on the way to central park. There isn't that much room to work here, or dwell. Pick up something to go. Read more...

Ground Central Coffee Company

A hidden gem. Such a good place to sit with your MacBook and do some work. Have a good menu and drink options. I can easily sit in here for hours sipping coffees. Towards the rear they have a sort of library, with a couple of small tables and sofas. It's very peaceful and the people here are hard at work. It comes across as a very intellectual place. The staff here were all really friendly to me too. Read more...

Timberyard

A coffee and workplace setup with character in central London area. Amongst all the tourist filled places in the area, this place has some charm and character. A good place to work with the wifi and regular service, this place fills with laptop users promptly. Seems to be dog friendly as lots of the clientele bring in adorable little pups. Read more...

Blue Bottle Coffee

Part of Gotham West Market, this up market coffee stop is for perfectionists seeking the perfect roast. While the market is a little out the way from central in a more residential urban feeling area, the roast here is strong and concentrated. Read more...

White Mulberries

This out-of-the-way coffee shop seems to cater for the tourist and locals alike being tucked away in the middle of St Katherine Docks. Coffee wise it's quite delicious. They take their time to make the perfect coffee and take pride in their foam art. The soy is an extra 40p but tastes really natural with the coffee. Service wise, this place is a victim to it's own popularity. It's only a small/tiny shop with space inside for seating about 10, 2 or 3 staff max. So it can get crowded rapidly, the selection of sandwiches/cakes can be depleted if you visit after lunch, and they'll give you cheap disposable takeaway cups even if you sit inside (or ask for a a 'proper' glass like I did). An extra star if they had offered the same quality service as the coffee, otherwise I might as well go to the Waitrose around the corner and have the free customer coffee they offer which is also pretty decent. Read more...

TRADE

A hidden find. Really well kitted out, friendly staff, and a full range of cakes, drinks and food. The cakes were really good, had that nice home-backed quality. It was quite quiet for a weekday, I went during the after lunch lull. It's the ideal place to come to do some work and reading. They have an outside terrace at the back which from the front you wouldn't know is there. Highly recommend. They have this lemon and mind aquifer thing which is a tempting thing in itself. Read more...

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