Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Store Street Espresso - WC1
Bloomsbury in general) - when I first arrived in London in 1999 a good friend Beth worked at this groovy place called Imagination (which is still there I think) who had offices on the semi-circular part of Store St near TCR. I used to visit her there and hang out in their cool staff caf/bar and it all felt very millennium/dot com/cool Britannia, or at least I thought it did. Anyway...I was excited to hear about a new coffee place that had opened on Store St, at the Gower St end. I have been trying to stick to this crazy diet plan - where for 3 days you eat nothing but protein. 3 days I thought - how hard can it be? Well, friggin' hard actually - by 11am today (less than 36 hours in) I was going loopy, had a splitting headache and felt like I was on speed - so I decided I needed to ditch the diet and have something completely unhealthy and cake-ish. So off I trundled to Store St Espresso - which I am happy to report is lovely. I had 2 immaculate flat whites (in fact the best I've had in a while) and carbo-loaded on a flapjack AND a muffin (so screw you protein-only diet) which were both great. There are lots of places to sit, nicely spread out and so the vibe is not as frenetic as some central London coffee places (yes Flat White I mean you). The staff were lovely and kind of Arts-studenty (in a good way) so all in all I walked out a much happier and carb-rich person.