Costa Metropolitan Store @ Great Portland Street

Costa Coffee(コスタ)は、国内で1000店以上、海外で400店以上展開している、イギリス最大のコーヒー・チェーン。イタリア人のSergioとBrunoのCosta兄弟が、1971年にコーヒー焙煎業者として創業、1978年に最初のコーヒー・ショップをオープンした。1995年には、イギリスでホテルやレストランなどのホスピタリティー・ビジネスを手がけるWhitbreadに買収され、現在その傘下にある。

そのコスタが先月7月9日、都市型店第一号となるお店を、オックスフォード・サーカス近くのGreat Portland Streetにオープンさせた(詳細記事)。店内は、レンガ壁、トルコから取り寄せたコーヒーテーブルや使われなくなったタンクから作ったメタル製テーブル等モダン・デザインとアンティークを融合させたインテリア、洗練された照明、壁にかかった現代アート等々、オックスフォード・ストリートにたむろする、ファッションや流行に敏感な若者を惹き付ける要素が満載。ファーストフード店特有のスピーディなサービスも、待ち時間が少なくていい。


Costa Coffee is the largest coffee chain in the UK, operating over 1,000 outlets throughout the country and over 400 stores worldwide. Costa was founded in 1971 by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa, as a coffee roastery, and opened their first coffee shop in 1978. In 1995, the company was acquired by, and is now a subsidiary of, the Whitbread company, a hospitality company managing several popular brands in hotels, restaurants and coffee houses in the UK.

Costa recently opened its first more designy and sleek Metropolitan store on July 9th this year, on Great Portland Street near Oxford Circus (detailed article). The store has all the elements that attract fashion-conscious young crowd who hang around Oxford Street – including  exposed brick walls, combination of modern and antique pieces such as Turkish coffee table and metal tables made from a disused tank, funky lighting, and cool artworks – as well as their usual speedy customer service.

Big improvement in compare to their usual boring brown standardised chain-look!

It was Saturday, and lots of people came to the store to avoid sudden rain.

A tourist who seemed to be suffered a lot with jet lag and exhaustion of walking around a big city. I took a picture because it was so cute of her, sleeping from the beginning to the end, while I was staying there about at least 30 minutes!
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