Time Out says
A popular and attractive spot for coffee, lunch and snacks close to Trafalgar Square and the Coliseum
Notes has been on this site since 2011, and has opened branches elsewhere in London and in Leeds. In 2013 it also took the major step of doing its own roasting in King’s Cross. The result, as judged by a single-farm Yirgacheffe brewed using the slow-drip V60 pour-over filter, is a major success. The room is singularly attractive, big and light with well-spaced seating at both small and refectory-type tables. It was very busy in mid-afternoon on a weekday, with a clientele ranging from suits in meetings to friends hanging out. Food is simple but takes pride in buying the best raw materials, such as charcuterie from the Ham and Cheese Company in Bermondsey. With Trafalgar Square just minutes away and the Coliseum even closer, Notes is an extremely useful place to take note of.
31 St Martin’s Lane
|Transport:||Tube: Trafalgar Square|
|Opening hours:||7.30am-9pm Mon-Wed; 7.30am-10pm Thurs-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 10am-6pm Sun.|
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Users say (12)
Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
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Whilst waiting for my friend to meet me after work for my pre theatre dinner I went hunting for a quiet coffee shop at 4.30 pm so I can set up by workstation and bury my head in emails. I peeked though the window I was almost annoyed at myself as to why I have not stumbled across “Notes” before.It was super cute inside with wooden décor and most importantly wonderful coffee. I had the Chai Latte with Oat Milk with a small chocolate bar which was wonderful.
Sat myself on the large communal bench and started to catch up on my work emails without being distracted as it was a nice busy but not overcrowded. When I looked up at 6pm I saw the place almost transform from a coffee shop into a lively little bar/restaurant.
Wonderful little gem. May be my new daytime hideout whilst I am around the West end.
A great addition to the London coffee-cum-bar scene, Notes has a few locations across London but definitely does not feel like a chain. My favourite cafe is one of the first Notes, just off Trafalgar square. Great for an afternoon coffee, or a post-work bite, Notes is packed with tasty treats, good wine and atmosphere. If you pop in around breakfast time expect sourdough toast with cashew nut butter or avocado salsa, bircher muesli or salmon and cream cheese croissants. At lunchtime, Notes brings out a nice of selection of salads and sandwiches, including more common choices such as chicken and avocado as well as slightly more creative options like roast beef with chilli jam. Step into Notes after sunset and you’ll be greeted by an irresistible continental spread of charcuterie and cheese boards. Wash them down with craft beer or your wine of choice and let the day fade away.
I frequently visit the Canary Wharf branch of Notes on weekends when I need a peaceful and quiet place to work. Their coffe and iced coffees are delicious, and from a really great roast. It's in Crossrail place, so usually not empty but not too overwhelming either. There isn't any strong wifi (I can occasionally connect to O2 wifi) - but there are plug points so I usually just tether my phone, which isn't a problem for me at all. It has a light, airy and spacious feel with a few tables outside as well. There are large glass doors / windows so the sunlight just streams in making it a great weekend work space.
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