Timberyard Seven Dials

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Covent Garden
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Timberyard (© Jael Marschner)
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Branching out from its Shoreditch original, Timberyard’s second café brings its brand of wi-fi and caffeine to Theatreland, putting on a splendid show of strong brews, great bakes and light bites.

The scene’s set with heavyweight industrial ducting, comfy armchairs and makeshift tables fashioned from stacked vintage suitcases. It’s a look that would be right at home out east, but it’s still a rarity in Covent Garden.

Coffee is the main draw here, with the Has Bean company providing their signature Jabberwocky blend, as well as beans form Climpson's, Drop Coffee and Cast Iron, from which baristas deliver A-grade, big-on-floral-flavour cuppas.If you’re in a hurry, though, maybe give the drip-fed Chemex filter coffee process a miss. It makes for a scintillating cup, but the brewing process alone takes ten minutes to unleash its aromatic goodness. If you are making an afternoon of it, though, there are plenty of sockets to keep your tablet/laptop equally juiced up, and no pressure to move on after stretching out the first cup.

The specialist teas also score highly: check out the timer to mark that fragrant moment when leaves are infused to just the right degree. Wait 30 seconds longer at your own peril.

Flying the flag for British suppliers, local bakers provide the bread for quality sandwiches and homely baked goods: chunky flapjacks, posh tarts, chewy cookies, traybakes and hot buttered teacakes. There’s even a nod to guilt-free munching – herby grain salads, crunchy granolas, and porridge for the virtuous.

The basement doesn’t have the airiness of its ground floor, but does boast a funky meeting room. It’s not all about creative thoughts and brain showers – an equally warm welcome is extended to weary shoppers wanting a sit down, a good natter and spot of tea and cake.

We’ve come a long way since the internet cafés of the noughties – and there’s not a polystyrene cup in sight.


By: Roopa Gulati


Venue name: Timberyard Seven Dials
Address: 7 Upper St Martin's Lane
Opening hours: Open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-8pm Sat; 10pm-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Fab find in the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden!

Robin James K

There are many reasons I'd love to be a freelance anything. Weird hours, no two days the same, dabble in something new as and when the opportunities arise – it all sounds monumentally exciting. But none of the above eggs me on to quit my regular paycheck quite so much as the idea that Timberyard Seven Dials could become my office.

The idea of Timberyard being a perfect place to write up an article or knock out a web design would be apparent by its atmosphere even without the very deliberate suggestions that its business strategy is to go beyond being a coffee house. Its commitment to being an adhoc catered office is made most explicit in the "workspaces powered by purchases" labels on the omnipresent water decanters.

It always feels a great shame to miss out on the ethos of the venue by getting a latté to takeaway, but the coffee is of such matched quality to the space itself that I very often can't help but grab when passing. The range of confectionary and sandwiches has never disappointed, with my personally favourite being the croque monsieur.


I love sitting around in this comfy spot not just because the coffee is great, but also because it has such an inspiring buzz.It can be hard to find a seat upstairs but the downstairs area has really comfy chairs and hidden nooks where you can sit and work for hours.Also worth trying their interesting selection of teas.I like the way they serve them with a timer to tell you the exact moment to enjoy it.

Misha M.

Cute little coffee shop near my flat. It's a reliable place to get a cup of fresh joe. This coffee shop is always full of people camping there with their laptop. 

Chantal O

Everything on the menu caters for my restricted diet and the staff were really friendly towards the customers on free coffee day.


Love love love Timberyard Seven Dials. It is my favorite branch where it is really easy to spot with people on their  Apple computers sitting by the window. Love their coffee and sitting outside with a huge iced latte in nice weather. Staff is always friendly and love how they serve your coffee on wooden trays.


A great place overall whether it's for a meal, a coffee/tea + cake, to come work or simply to read! The café has a mix of table and chairs to work at or have a proper meal along with couches for a more relaxed feel. I really like that they also provide free wifi, which is great for working and when you have no 3G/4G. They make a pretty decent matcha latte, which they don't add any sugar to. You can also ask for it with normal, soy, or almond milk, which is super convenient for someone with allergies or dietary restrictions. Definitely my go-to place when I'm in the area. 

Jane G.

Buzzing with meetings and laptop users. Nice atmosphere, but more importantly nice coffee! I had a slice of a really nice salted caramel brownie cake. Very pleasant staff!

Jason James

Nice enough coffee but god these guys can be seriously slow at serving the stuff. Twice I've been in a queue of three and the four staff members have been fannying about while we waited. It's a shame because I like it here. 

Cheeky Bellini

A cool place for coffee right in the middle of all activity in Covent Garden.  The location is very convenient for meeting friends for coffee or stopping for coffee solo.  There is wide selection cakes and other treats and well though out  blends of coffee and tea.  This place also seem to attract a lot of mac book users who enjoy being by the windows.  You could watch the world go by around Covent Garden while sipping your coffee.

Rellie Loves

I love the industrial meets retro type interior here. Great coffee (soya latte for me!) and huge artisan selection of fresh cakes/cookies/healthy snacks/toasted sandwiches etc., although pricey! Nice spot for working lunches as you'll notice every other person with a mac. You'll find the creative types and office workers in here, and if you need a meeting/workspace they offer that too. I've been to the Shoreditch and Covent Garden branches and had equal service in both. Highly recommend over your average Starbucks chain - and yes, there's wifi!

Tip: Check out their Events & Arts page on the website for updates!

Mark O'Donnell
moderatorStaff Writer

You can find me in here most days of the week picking up a flat white made with Climpson beans to go. Easily as good as the over subscribed nearby Monmouth (and cheaper), Timberyard's up there in my favourite places for coffee in the capital. Mac laptops seem to be compulsory for people who sit in (it's that sort of place), and the staff sometimes outnumber the customers, which doesn't always mean that you'll get your coffee very quickly, but that's a minor gripe because they really know their beans in here.

Richard N

I love the space and coffee, and it's one of the absolute best places to do work if cafes are your kind of thing, assuming you can get a seat! It's always busy, even on weekdays, so try to snap a seat before they're all gone.

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Great coffee, good food and friendly staff. A nice change from all of the chain coffee shops in the area plus a great spot to set up to work from too.

Jo Gowans

Timberyard is just round the corner from my office so I come here regularly for meetings, interviews and to work if I need some extra focus. The coffee is great, but I’m particularly partial to the Matcha lattes, and the chocolate cookies are dangerously good. It’s always busy, but you’ll normally be able to find some space downstairs.

Darren E

I may be slightly biased of course but Timberyard is a creative new take on coffee and tea and I'm proud to of all the people invloved :-)

Sarah J

One of my favourite coffee houses. The staff are so kind and friendly, and the food is really REALLY great! They have a fantastic range of fresh and healthy foods, salads and sandwiches and some pretty filling and decadent desserts. My favourite is a smoked haddock with welsh rarebit toastie - it literally filled me up for the entire day. I've also had a leek and brie quiche which was pretty good. They have a selection of breads which you can buy as toast with butter, but then help yourself to their range of spreads which include jams and favourites like nutella and biscoff spread - but they also have a pretty delicious homemade nut butter in kiln jars. There is a great selection of teas and coffees. I usually come here with my laptop to get some work and writing done, and it has a great vibe with lots of tables, some looking out onto the street and large table alcoves downstairs so you can get on with work whilst being nestled away in the warmth away from all the hustle and bustle of the rest of the cafe.

Staff WriterStaff Comp

Timberyard is a great little coffee shop with great quality coffee. If you can get a table, it's great for a quick meeting

Hayley J

Cronuts, coffees and charisma! Had a lovely toasted cheese sandwich, but felt like it was a little overpriced! 

moderatorStaff Writer

Timberyard has an unmistakeable hipster vibe with its variety of brew methods, digital nomads tapping away in the windows and vintage luggage for tables. Though the coffee is excellent and service friendly. Cakes very tempting too...

Tatiana N
Staff Writer

I am always on the look out for a good coffee place, and being in London it's not difficult to find a place BUT if something I learnt about the continuous pop -ups/hipsters/techie friendly trendy coffee places is that sometimes is more about the design/marketing/fashion than the quality of the coffee! But not here. I have been here several times - office is just around the corner - both just as take away or sitting to have a nice down time with friends/partners and have nothing but good experiences. Staff is pleasant and the coffee is good and there's extra sitting downstairs. As a plus they have tasty cakes/tarts/muffins so always comes in handy if you want a treat. If you're around in Soho/West End/Covent Garden do go and check it out. 



Nicest cold brew I've ever had! You can really taste the fragrance of the coffee beans!! Will give it another go someday, maybe for a brunch. Love the interior, the robust industrial setting.


Coffee shop is good but the man behind the counter Umair is awesome.