Taylor Street Baristas

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This is the second-largest of the Taylor Street venues, and it’s big enough to give customers a decent chance of bagging a seat, even at lunchtime. Although the place appeals to a mixed crowd, there’s always at least one table where big-buck deals are being discussed. The menu has been beefed up in the past year – you can now eat really well (and not expensively), with superior sandwiches, generous salads, quiches and sweet things. The coffee is from Union, supplemented by guest beans.

A guest espresso (Kenyan single-estate roasted by Square Mile) had a truly gorgeous flavour – chocolate-sweet, no sugar needed. Good crema too. But though the cup took just ten seconds to get from counter to table, the brew had already lost too much heat. Why? Nevertheless, this was one imperfection in a visit that made us love the place even more.



Venue name: Taylor Street Baristas
Address: 125 Old Broad Street
Opening hours: Open 7am-6pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Bank tube/DLR or Liverpool Street tube/rail
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4.3 / 5

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This place used to be a favourite of mine – a buzzing, central location for a faithfully good cup of coffee during the working day. Lunch options are also quite good – an innovative mix of healthy and delicious salads and sandwiches. However as reliably good as the coffee and food may be, the service can be equally relied upon to be distinctly disappointing. Regularly left waiting for a menu, to be served, for food, for drinks or a billit has gotten to the point where I’m too hesitant to take the risk on how long it may take. Still recommended – but only if you aren’t pressed for time.


One of my favourite cafes in the city, Taylor Street offers everything you need from a great coffee shop- atmosphere, cozy seating areas, delicious flat whites and a nice range of tasty snacks to choose from. Coffee gets pretty much elevated to an art form, with the baristas skilfully ‘painting’ latte art on your drink of choice. The great experience doesn’t have to stop once you’ve sipped the final drop of espresso. Taylor Street offers a range of beans to take home with you for lazy weekend treat. The friendly staff will grind the beans bespoke to your brewing method and help you pick the flavour that fits your tastes. A prefect place to escape the busy streets of London (even if at times the cafe itself gets a little crowded), Taylor Street is a real gem on the London coffee scene.

I have visited this branch of Taylor Street Baristas a couple of times for breakfast and have been impressed every time. The service is great and the breakfast menu simple and delicious. I’ve had the granola with yoghurt which is majority yoghurt but still very tasty, the toast which is made from a delicious sourdough and the porridge which is to die for. The coffee is THE BEST in the city and always tastes so creamy… I’m starting to think they use cream instead of milk!

I would absolutely recommend you trying the coffee if  you’re nearby, and maybe breakfast too!


Is there such a thing as Craft Coffee? I am sure it exists, and if so, Taylor Street are one of the front-runners of the craft coffee movement. Although now there is almost a tsunami of niche coffee shops in the city, Taylor Street still stand tall amongst them. They have delicious food (albeit I feel a bit pricey for the amount you receive) but lets be honest-- this review is about coffee. 

Their flat whites are quite amazing, much smoother then many of the coffee chains a stone's throw away. I also like their ordering system, it makes the queue seem to move a lot faster (as your order is already being worked by the time you get to the till). The lattes are also quite wondrous, all with their signature 'milk art' adorning the top.

If in the area and craving a cup, highly recommended. As a co-worker put it "Its a wonderful treat compared to the stuff they pass as coffee at <insertVeryCloseChainShopHere>."