The Bloomsbury Coffee House
As my life appears to be fuelled more than coffee than by sleep right now, I’m always on the look-out for an independent, proper coffee shop. Somewhere with substance and a little style, where I can take a few minutes out from 2012’s roaring chain-loving consumerism and just… breathe.
Which is why this little place caught my caffeine-hungry eye when it appeared in one of the basements on Tavistock Place – and then proceeded to please me so much that I thought I’d better spread the word.
Tripping down the iron staircase and through the doors, my impressions were pleasant – a quaint wooden counter, tea and coffee options scrawled on blackboards, a selection of homemade goodies. My cappuccino was well made, although to be honest, I’m easily won over once they’ve made the foam and chocolate into a heart shape!
However, I think it was all the finishing touches that filled me with contentment as I sipped on my coffee and looked around… mismatched wooden tables and chairs, a ramshackle collection of old mirrors all hung on the same wall, brown sugar filling Lyle’s Golden Syrup tins and quaint teapots holding the cutlery.
A hundred times better than a soulless chain, no? I know I’ll be heading back for more…
You’ll find the Bloomsbury Coffee House at 20 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RE.