If like us, you are one to procaffeinate (avoid doing anything until you’ve had a cup of coffee), then Kirsty’s cafe guide is a must for you! There are some really excellent places around our Regent Street campus that are a must for all coffee lovers!
I spend a lot of time in cafés. A silent study room is great for focused work but sometimes I need some stimulation. The whirr of conversation can be quite comforting and it is energizing to write surrounded by people. Cafés helped me to settle into London. It can be a crazy, lonely, and ruthless place. But it is also full of surprises. Exploring cafés taught me how to slow down, to take a walk in a new part of town, to take a minute and embrace the crazy.
Here are some of my favourite cafés, with the best coffee (approx. £2.80), near our Regent Street Campus (Fitzrovia/Soho/Oxford Circus) to get you started. But I encourage you to be adventurous!
Curators Coffee Gallery
51 Margaret St, W1W 8SG
My favourite café near Regent Street. Curators is a great place to work because it’s bright with comfortable seats. I go there for strong coffee and the music. It does get busy but then everywhere in central London does. As far as I know, they don’t have Wi-Fi, but that does minimise distractions! I catch up with my dissertation supervisor here too.
193 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 8ZF
TAP on Wardour St is great after a seminar at Wells St (they have a few shops, Wardour St is my favourite). It’s got great natural light. Very easy to zone out here for some reading, use the Wi-Fi for some research/writing, or catch up with friends. Great windows for a breeze on warmer days.
66 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7QJ / 15 Eastcastle St, W1T 3AY
I go to Kaffeine (Great Titchfield St) in the morning before a library day. It’s around the corner from Little Titchfield St and they do seriously good banana bread. It’s a bit cramped and seating isn’t the best for working but they do have a brilliant collection of magazines, if you need a break later in the day. I go for Little White Lies film magazine – many of the films featured have screenings at Regent St Cinema. They also have a shop on Eastcastle St, just around the corner from Well St.
61 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PP
A Norwegian friend (and fellow UoW student) introduced me to ScandiKitchen. It’s an excellent place for lunch serving good coffee and open sandwiches, popular in Scandinavia. Can usually get a table before the lunch rush starts (any time before 12:30). There is also a Nordic grocery at the back, which is cool.
Bloomsbury Coffee House
20 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RE
The coffee house is very popular among students – it’s a great place to study. It’s in the basement of a townhouse in Bloomsbury, one of my favourite areas of London. (20-minute walk from Regent St).
The Poetry Café
22 Betterton St, WC2H 9BX
The Poetry Café is closed for refurbishment until spring 2017. But this is a very quiet space to do some reading, and they have brilliant poetry events every week. I also volunteered in their offices above the café during my first year. It’s a lovely place! (20-minute walk from Regent St).
Kirsty Watling, 3rd Year BA English Literature
at University of Westminster