Sungjae Lee learned to love good coffee in his native Seoul. Since moving to London in 1988 he'd thought about opening a coffee bar. Late in 2012, after a year of planning, building and training, he achieved his ambition. The tiny space (table seating for 10) used to be part of Mr Lee's estate agent office, which he still operates next door, just 30 seconds or so from the tube station.
There are a few pastries from Gail’s Bakery and a good set of teas and a few soft drinks. But mostly there is espresso and its derivatives, made with beans from Square Mile and Crankhouse. What we tasted when we were there in 2013 was exemplary: great beans perfectly brewed to give a beautiful crema with a rounded sweetness. Finchley Road is not exactly crowded with great places for coffee, and that makes this diminutive spot not just unusual but very welcome.
|Venue name:||Loft Coffee Company|
4 Canfield Gardens
|Opening hours:||Open 7am-5pm Mon-Fri; 8am-4pm Sat; 10am-3pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Finchley Rd|
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Average User Rating
4.9 / 5
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I treat myself to a latte at Loft if I'm late for work, early for work, got caught in the rain, am enjoying the sun, feel down, feel great. Any excuse. A total gem.
I'd wanted a little coffee place ever since I moved here 8 years ago, and there hasn't been one - this is now my daily ritual - a coffee and muffin or croissant from Loft. It's a cute little cafe with chunky little tables and a cosy but trendy feel to it - friendly staff, loyalty card, delicious coffee and things to eat - I come here at least once a day for a fix!
Lovely little coffee shop. Great coffee and very relaxed. So nice to have somewhere like this in the area :)