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Coffee Geeks & Friends

Restaurants, Coffeeshops St James's Park
5 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)

Time Out says

An independent coffee house and café from the group with the fleet of mobile baristas. 

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Address: Unit 22, Cardinal Place
6 Cathedral Walk
London
SW1E 5JH
Transport: Tube: Victoria
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Tastemaker

If you’ve ever stepped out of Victoria station into the utter chaos that engulfs it and despaired of finding a quiet spot in which to rest your weary feet, feed your hungry tummy and escape the maelstrom of construction, ‘Wicked’ fan girls & frazzled commuters outside, then despair no more because I’m here to tell you that such a place does exist in the form of Coffee Geeks & Friends.

Visiting on a sunny Saturday afternoon, there was a pleasantly chilled vibe in the air along with the aroma of decent coffee and these two things, coupled with stands full of cakes, aspirational stacks of Vanity Fair, quick & free Wi-Fi and a light, airy & minimally modern environment made for a very welcome respite from the sort of central London humidity that makes grown men weep. 

A friendly welcome from staff who were more than happy to answer any questions – trust me, the Kermit coloured pandan cake will leave you with one or two! – was a good start as was having food & drinks brought to your seats. There was a small but delicious choice of sandwiches when we visited and being generously filled, made to order and only £4 each, they were excellent value in a world often stocked with scantily dressed & scandalously over-priced sandwiches.

As an absolute sucker for freshly made baked goods, the homemade upside down nectarine cake - soft, naturally sweet & beautifully fresh - was always going to be ordered while the dark chocolate, cranberry, macadamia & sea salt cookies bought for the journey home were chewy, light & utterly moreish. Hot chocolate actually tasted of cocoa rather than the watery, vaguely chocolatey mess that often gets doled out elsewhere and coffee, from local London roaster Allpress Espresso, was deemed excellent by my coffee snob lunch pal.

As a non-coffee drinker, I may not know the location of London's top 10 piccolos but I do know the significance of finding a good coffee shop in which to enjoy decent food and well-made drinks at a reasonable price & served with a smile. In a caffeinated landscape of globally impersonal chains, menus that require supreme effort to navigate and products that aren’t actually worth the inflated price-tag they’re stamped with, it’s lovely to find & be able to support a little corner of London that’s independent, inviting & delicious.

tastemaker

This coffee place in the heart of busy Victoria has great coffee, fast wifi and friendly staff.

This is an independent coffee store that tries very hard and puts its customers first.

Victoria's increasingly full of chains like EAT and Pret so this really feels like a sanctuary in comparison.

Being relatively tucked away also helps. They have just started to expand their food offering and I wouldn't be surprised to see more branches popping up very soon in London.

Thumbs up!


Great coffee and great staff. Very good selection of cakes and treats. It is the perfect little getaway from the stuffy and stressful office life.

tastemaker

Coffee Geek & Friends is such a peaceful haven in the chaos of Victoria which is well worth seeking out for some chilled out vibes. The coffee is incredibly good and all the staff are really knowledgeable and super friendly, hence the name I suppose! There is a huge selection of really tasty cakes and brownies, usually with little tasters of some of them if you're struggling to choose between them (like me!). They also do great toasties and sandwiches with some tasty veggie options too.


They have fast, free wifi so it's the perfect place to bring your laptop and do a bit of work or sit on the tables outside if you're lucky enough to be there on a sunny day. Despite serving good coffee, the cafe is not pretentious and attracts a varied mix of customers. Last time I was there they were celebrating their anniversary and had a big spinning wheel offering you the chance to win things such as a free coffee, a polaroid selfie with the staff or a motivating statement if you were less lucky! 

tastemaker

Tucked in the corner in victoria, this amazing independent coffee shop is a breathe of fresh air in a business hub. I often go for a large coffee and sit and work. The staff are so nice and welcoming and don't make me feel rushed or pressured to order even when there's 5 people in the line behind me. I've been luck enough to try a few cakes of the day, the best had been a strawberry sponge cake that is so fluffy I could sleep on it. It's a great store with great food and more people need to experience it.

Tastemaker

Victoria can have a rather soulless atmosphere, amidst the chaos of the bus station and empty shops on the weekend, so it's great to see an independent cafe here offering something a bit different. Samples of cake were everywhere, and our barista was happy to let us taste al of them. The lime green pandan cake was very tempting but I went for peanut brownies instead. As a non-coffee drinker it's great to find a cafe that serves up a good variety of cakes and alternatives to the brown stuff- though my friend assured me her mocha was delicious. A welcome pitstop if you're in the area. 

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