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This place describes itself as a ‘versatile lifestyle space’, which goes some way to explain the eclectic furnishings and counters equipped with iPads. It would make a decent spot for a business meeting as much as a catch up with friends, but more importantly, they know how to brew a decent cup of Joe. Made with Has Bean’s Jabberwocky blend, their espresso (made with their La Marzocco) has none of the aggressive bite of Lewis Carroll’s beast. A flat white arrived with the desired velvety froth. Single origin filter brews like the characteristically sweet and mellow Costa Rican Finca de Licho are also available. If you’re brewing for two the coffee comes in a slow-filtering Chemex. Teas are accompanied by their own personal timer to ensure the perfect infusion. There’s always a good range of baked goods and sandwiches along the counter. Own-made pop-tarts are proving popular.


Venue name: Timberyard
Address: 61-67 Old St
Opening hours: Open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat-Sun
Transport: Tube: Old Street/Barbican
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This is by far my favorite coffee shop in London. The coffee here is always fantastic! Beware it gets terribly busy, sometimes it's a nightmare to get a seat here but surly that says it all?  

A good place to work from or meet? Think again!

Like any other person who enjoys good coffee, whether it’s while completing a design project or meeting up with other techies – I am always on the lookout for good cafes.

Timberyard, for it’s location, coffee and relaxed atmosphere, has been high on my goto list (atleast 3 visits a week) – until yesterday!

I suggested Timberyard to some people to meet and grab a coffee in (some of us had never met before), and to ensure everyone who was coming in knew we were downstairs, requested one of the staff to inform them (if asked).

Downstairs, a lot of people were scattered – 1 person on a table of 4 etc.
And I for one, get asked all the time to move – for perfectly understandable reasons (power socket, iPad, number of people etc.). So, I asked a person if he would consider moving to a table just adjacent to this one – as there were more than 4 of us. He responded with a smile, and without any hesitation moved.

As me and the rest of the happy folks were settling onto our table, the waiter (with a small hair bun) came to me and said “can I have a word?”.

He then went on to tell me “how I was taking the piss”… and that there’s a “proper procedure” for booking a space. I have booked a space at Timberyard in the past for a company brainstorm etc. This was a coffee with 6 people. He then went on to tell me that he “didn’t care how many people there were, it was about the money”. He repeatedly asked if we “understood” what he was saying… and that he recognized me as a regular and he “liked me” as a customer.

The owner arrived soon, heard the story, and suggested we carry on with our coffee.

Am I going to go there again? Not after this.

Maybe they fail to understand that if they support the tech community by providing free to use iPads and a good atmosphere – the tech community supports them too. There are many other cafes in Old Street – without staff half as rude as this.

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My favourite cafe in London. Great coffee, really nice staff and an atmosphere that works equally well for those looking to catch up on business or escape the office for some me/us time !

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From an avid coffee consumer (I've even been to a tasting at Starbuck's headquarters in Seattle) Timberyard is one of the best venues ever! Staff are great, the facilities are superb, drinks/food amazing and the Hot Chocolate shots the best this side of Napoli....