Suffering a heady case of bloggers-block, and
not-enough-hours-in-the-day-itis I decided to take a break and spend time exploring my favourite coffee
nooks near Oxford Circus. No blogging was completed on any of these
missions, just nattering with Mr Kiwi and friends.
We all have our favorite spots: near the tube station for an early morning injection; a perch spot for a mid-morning brainstorm; a cosy booth for a long leisurely brunch or secret that is held close to your heart in case it’s invaded by thousands of coffee seekers taking your spot.
All within a 10-min stroll of Oxford Circus tube station, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing (and I hope it’s not shopping – it’s already cray cray with shoppers and Lights admirers) stop and take a moment to inhale the coffee beans roasting. You’ll thank me for it.
In the process of trying to solve my dilemma, I then had a lightening bulb moment. Blog about the items being scoffed! Hey, I told you I had a doozy of a blogging block…
Back On Track Coffee – 3A Wimpole St, London W1G 9SF
Hidden in plain sight a couple of streets away from the chaos of Oxford Street, Back On Track is lovely. With a train theme, the cafe is beautifully kitted out with gleaming tiles, a working train running on tracks suspended from the ceiling and the loveliest Baristas ever.
They always have a huge smile, nothing is ever a problem and they genuinely remember your favourite drink every time without having to fakely ask your name (completely shocking a bloke on the table near me to the entire cafe’s amusement). There are only a few seats inside and out, they run a small selection of delicious nibbles (have the banana and walnut cake toasted) and each flat white is creamy perfection.
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Sacred Coffee – 13 Ganton St, London W1F 9BL (Full Review)
Lolly cake in the heart of London – enough said already, right?
Hidden in the heart of Carnaby Street is an idyll of great Kiwi coffee (so good you don’t need any sugar or flavourings) Lolly
Cake, ANZAC biscuits, L&P, savoury muffins and paninis. But I’m not biased or anything… The walls are draped with antipodean objects, and the tables lined with homesick Kiwis catching up with friends. What is it about good coffee that means we’ll travel for miles to get a good hit?
Kaffeine – 66 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7QJ
Billed as the Grandmama of Antipodean brunch in London, Kaffeine is rather hyped and with coffee as good as theirs it’s deservedly so. The wild berry friand (gluten free) was delectable, the breakfast foccacia perfect hangover food and tables are tightly spaced and rather busy.
Don’t do what we did, and rock up on a Sunday morning around 11am as it’s crammed and the staff barely have enough time to ring up your bill, let alone tell you that more, better brunch was on the way to fill up the cabinets. It’s a shame as we would have stayed far longer than perching, noshing and running…
Attendant Cafe – 27A Foley St, London W1W 6DY (Full Review)
The attendant is a Victorian gents loo that has been repurposed into a
stonking coffee shop to match the high standard of local coffee shops.
The converted scrubbed-to-within-an-inch-of-their-porcelain-life urinals
line the walls, and have had benches sunk into them all the better to
enjoy a caffeine pick me up (their coffee hit supplied by delicious Caravan).
Sadly I didn’t have time to try any nibbles, but they looked really good and supremely fresh.
Yum Chaa – 45 Berwick St, London W1F 8SF (Full Review)
With an epicly large tea selection, Yum Chaa is a perfect chatting and lingering venue one you catch a seat. Match lovers will delight in the selection, herbal tea drinkers will hallelujah and coffee addicts will crow (sorry, the caffeine made me do it).
They have rather interesting contraptions for some of their tea leaves –
you leave the tea to brew, then fit the contraption on top of your mug
to release the filtered tea. Someone I know (who shall remain nameless
because I’m in a kind mood) was so enamoured, entranced and amused, she
did it several times.
I’ve also just discovered Leon (275 Regent Street, London W1B 2HB)with an incredible range of gluten free cakes (though their actual coffee service is usually quite slow and a bit Starbucks in quality….)
Do you have any secret caffeine bolt holes to recommend?