A petite haven for artisan coffee.
The address reads 31 to 35 Great Ormond Street, but The Espresso Room is tiny. There are just a couple of benches inside and a handful more on the pavement.
What it lacks in size it makes up for in coffee, which has won it many plaudits. Time Out loves it (see here), as do many others… including me.
Owner Ben Townsend and the other hugely talented baristas operate a tight ship. They buy their beans from Square Mile, a wonderful roastery supplying many other London coffee shops (it’s hard to find a non-Square-Mile coffee shop in London, not that you’d want to…).
I had a flat white. It was terrific, though I must admit to a tinge of disappointment when it came in a take-away paper cup, despite me drinking “in” (or, at least, on a bench outside). Somehow it’s just not the same as the feeling of lip-on-porcelain, and, more importantly, the plastic lid hid some great latte art.
They have proper mugs too. I had one on my first visit a year or so go, when I was introduced to the wonders of The Espresso Room by a friend and Espresso Room devotee. That time I was without camera… hence waiting until now to put it on the blog.
For nibbling, there are plenty of muffins and such.
The Espresso Room isn’t particularly cosy, in a sort of sofa-and-fireside sense, but it’s friendly and chilled. It’s a terrific place to hang out, thanks in part to its quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Soho.
There’s more to The Espresso Room than brilliant coffee, but that’s what it does best. Up there with the finest spots in London for coffee-heads.
31 Great Ormond Street
We visited on 12 October 2010.