Store Street Espresso Café @ Bloomsbury

昨年10月に、Tottenham Court Road(トッテナム・コート・ロード)からStore Streetを東にずんずん行ったところにオープンした、Store Street Espresso。入口を入ると、カウンター上の木のプレートに並べられている、美味しそうなブラウニーやマフィン、サンドイッチなどが目に入る。白壁には現代アートが飾られ、天窓から太陽の光が差し込む明るくてシンプルな店内は、近くにあるUCL(ユニヴァーシティ・カレッジ・ロンドン)らしき学生で満席状態。雰囲気はいいんだけれど、唯一木の椅子が固いのが難点。特に、左手中程にある、木の板の上にクッションが置かれた席は、長居するとお尻が痛くなってしまう。

独立系のコーヒーが美味しくて感じのいいカフェは、あの辺りには少ない。トッテナム・コート・ロードでの買い物や、近くにあるBritish Museum(大英博物館)での美術鑑賞の帰りに、コーヒーの名店にはお決まりのSquare Mile coffeeから仕入れた豆でいれた、美味しいコーヒーをどうぞ。

Store Street Espresso, opened last October, is located on Store Street, going east from Tottenham Court Road. When you step in the café, good-looking muffins, brownies, and sandwiches on cute wooden boards warmly welcome you. The sitting area is filled with sun shine streaming in through skylights, and modern arts add some excitement to pure white walls. No wonder why this simple and cozy café was full of customers, probably most of them are students of nearby UCL. Nearly perfect, but the only problem is their hard wooden chairs, especially seating of the table on the middle left is just wooden boards with some cushions on the top, and it may hurt your bottom when sitting long.

But there are only few independent nice cafés in the area yet. So when on shopping at Tottenham Court Road or on visit to nearby British Museum, enjoy a good cup of London’s famous Square Mile coffee.

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