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Store Street Espresso

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Bloomsbury
4 out of 5 stars
(26user reviews)
Store Street Espresso, Goodge St

Time Out says

The clientele at this coffee bar smack-bang in the centre of uni-land, just a minute from Tottenham Court Road, combines academia and commerce. Quite apart from the enviable location, there’s much to entice. First is the long, attractive room with bright walls and skylights at the back. Second is the food, which is a cut above many basic coffee bars and very reasonably priced by West End standards; most sandwiches and baked goods are around £1 cheaper than at many comparable places.

You’ll even find that rarity, a top-notch vegetable quiche. Third is the service, which is unfailingly friendly and well informed. Finally, there’s the coffee, all of it espresso-based. Most beans come from Square Mile, but there’s a changing roster of guest beans well worth investigating. On our visit, it was a Yirgacheffe roasted in (wait for it) Detroit, Michigan.

The espresso from these beans is possibly the best we’ve had all year: properly tiny, lovely crema, with a rounded sweetness that required no sugar. A flat white was also judged a triumph. Store Street? We’d rather call it Star Street.




Address: 40 Store St
Transport: Tube: Goodge St
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:13
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:7
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Quite frankly one of the best avocado on toasts I've had in a long, long time! The portion size at this café is unbelievable for the price you pay. It's a cute little café near Euston/King's Cross and located on a quiet street. As such, there isn't much space inside but my friends and I were lucky to have found seats for all 4 of us on a Saturday late morning/early afternoon. 

The menu is quite small but I like that you can create your own brunch with various sides, which is exactly what I did. I went for the Avocado On Toast with Smoked Salmon. This was incredibly generous! There were two slices of sourdough (toasted and buttered to perfection), one topped with a mountain of smashed avocado and the other with a good helping of smoked salmon. I liked how the avocado still had chunks in it, to give it some texture and size on top of my toast. There was at least a whole avocado on that single slice of toast! As for the smoked salmon, there were several slices on the other slice of toast. All this was served with two wedges of lemon, which was ideal given that both my avocado and smoked salmon needed a good dose! 

It didn't take long for the food to arrive after we ordered, given that the barrista told us there was only 1 chef downstairs. I'm impressed with how fast everything arrived, including the coffees, and again, the portion sizes! Definitely my go-to in the neighbourhood and it's well-priced! I liked that at the counter, there was an array of freshly baked goods - eg. brownies, cake, and pastries. A great option for breakfast too! Additionally, we saw what other customers had ordered and even the sweet option looked amazing. The lady next to us had a mountain of pancakes topped with fruit, which I would love to try next time!


Lovely space, a great flat white, and wonderful cake. And not full of freshers, which is fairly miraculous for this time of year in this proximity to UCL!


They served up some proper strong Sqaure Mile flat whte at Store Street Espresso and the milk was so silky smooth. The coffee shop attracts both the working and chilling crowd. The baristas were friendly and chirpy. I was spoilt for choice when it came to sweet treats. In the end I went for the perfectly moist and scrumptiousbanana bread. Wish I had enough stomach space for the matcha cookie too. 

Love spending time in this light airy cafe, where staff recognise my face and always offer a friendly smile.

Literally cannot function without these guys! Best coffee in the area. FACT.

I was never bothered about coffee till I came here. I went and bought a push code machine but it's still in the box because coming here is such a pleasure

I once had an entirely green afternoon here - a matcha latte with almond milk and a matcha-and-white-chocolate cookie. It was heaven. There always seems to be a place to sit, even when it's busiest, and the fact that they have almond milk is a real boon to the lactose intolerant. Wonderful atmosphere, too.

Easily the best coffee shop not just here but in London, the taste, the service and generally the whole experience is great, I used to not mind where I go for a coffee now I will only go here distance permitting.

I love this place - they do a great coffee and it has lots of space to sit and chill or get some work done. I do agree with the service comments they do tend to look at you like something they might have trodden in but I quiet enjoy the challenge of getting them to be polite or smile... I can give just as good as I get, in fact I'd say better

I live very near this place and so it should have become my local - a go-to spot for excellent coffee and to sit reading the papers. In reality, I very rarely go there except to pick up a takeaway. The coffee is extremely good, but as others have noted, they simply can't seem to be bothered with friendly service. I've never experienced outright rudeness, but I've never got a single smile, or a bit of banter, or a 'How are you today?'. Nope. Nothing. And that sets the tone of the entire place. If you don't feel welcomed, if your custom doesn't seem to be valued, you're not inclined to spend more time there. Or more money. 

Compare and contrast with the absolutely tiny Goodge St Espresso, a five-minute walk away. You can't sit down there, and it's no more than a hole in the wall with a single barista, but the coffee is fantastic and the owner is absolutely lovely. The second time I popped in there, he recognised me instantly and said 'Flat white again?'. He remembers who you are and what you drink, and he greets customers with genuine warmth and interest. That's what people respond to, Store St Espresso. Try smiling at your customers a little bit and see how the atmosphere changes - and how many locals like me actually come back to spend their money. 

Really good coffee - the foam on my latte was super smooth, and the soy milk delicious. And the guy behind the counter gave us free filter coffees to try - one for my friend deliberating between filter and americano, and one for me 'in case I got jealous', which was really nice of him! It's a light and airy space with benches and cool wall art - maybe not one for cosying up in it for hours but great for a catch up.

Store Street is the best coffee shop in the area - the staff are lovely and friendly, the coffee is amazing and the food is to die for. Could spend hours there.

Loveliest staff, best coffee, interesting art, and excellent vibe. Couldn't ask for more!

Amazing music and coffee, the vibe is perfect for a relaxing afternoon downtown. The handsome Aussie behind the bar helped with the menu while the barista poured away. I will always return wheb in London.

If you dont want to be irritated by the bad arrogant service , then i really remind you pls be away from this cafe. normally, they are ok, coffee is nice; but today we really had a bad time with one arrgoant staff who is incredibly impolite. i am so HAPPY that i am NOT the only one to say this according to the comment below!

I've given this place a go on five occasions but the staff seem to be suffering from a collective superiority complex or some other deeply ingrained, socialised personality dysfunction. This results in horribly two-faced and/or down right rude service which taints the otherwise good coffee output. Instead of drinking here I would strongly recommend a jaunt east to The Espresso room on Great Ormond Street, or west to Tapped & Packed on Rathbone Place or their Tottenham Court Road branch, or Nude Espresso on Soho Square - all places where you can enjoy a splendid cup of coffee and friendly service.

I run a company with a lot of grumpy old men and women, hard to please and seen it all. This place has added a real dimension to our office. Their coffee is really very impressive, their cakes (especially the muffins) ridiculously rich, and their sandwiches include a goat's cheese one that is really a Scooby Snack. The team that run it have an insouciant air and look too cool for their pants, but you'd be mad to go anywhere else if you are in the area.

I'm always up for supporting independent coffee shops, but I will not be returning to this particular cafe. The staff are SO rude. It's such a shame that an independent can't provide service that is anywhere near it's chain competitors. Seriously, guys, just try harder and you'd have a great little place. Your sulky attitude is letting you down!

Lovely coffee, beautiful space - service could be better but everything else is perfect

Terrible place full of try hard idiots. The staff were moody and obnoxious, the food sweaty and the coffee gritty. Never going back.

This is an awful place. The staff are beyond rude and friendly hello or chit chat from anyone there. They also 'forgot' my cake order. Pretentious and taking themselves a bit too seriously. This place has forgotten that independent coffee houses are so much more than just the coffee. I would recommend Tapped and Packed (Warren Street) instead for a friendlier and better coffee experience.

Some of the most arrogant service I've ever experienced; total indifference and real rudeness to the customer next to me and couldn't even tell them what the coffee blend was made from! My friend's cappuccino was okay if you like flat whites. I had a pretty poor brew. I know flavour, and this one was carelessly under-steeped. The toilet is pretty gross too. I think i'll walk that bit further to Tapped & Packed.

all the food is right on the counter so have people breathing all over it all day, and pricy. but other than that its a lovely little place

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