To a Tea, 14 Farringdon Street, EC4

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Lovely setting, amazing-looking cakes and lovely salads & pasta. If you’re a tea-lover, all the better – it’s full of wonderful, exotic tea blends from around the world.
The coffee is also good: I would say light, but full favoured with a hint of roast nuts. Decently priced too. Friendly staff completes the package.
Coffee ***
Environment ****
Service ****
Others **** (food, tea…)

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Double Shot, 38 Tavistock St, WC2E 7PB (nr Covent Garden market, theatres – off Drury Lane)

Quite a find in an area known for ‘variable’ quality and tourist traps, this is a fantastic coffee shop – fabulous, comfy sofas, quirky but elegant decor, and excellent coffee. I completely forgive the above-average prices, given the rents in this area. Worth seeking out if you’re in Covent Garden or at the Royal Opera or a theatre nearby. You might even catch a famous face from the surrounding stages.
Coffee **** (great tobacco flavours, though I needed 2 sugars!)
Environment *****
Service ****

Get Coffee, 3 Fleet Street, WC2 (end of Strand, opposite High Courts)

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Quaint meets contemporary in this coffee, tea and tiffin shop at the end of the Strand. Own blend of coffee, but faintly disappointing – not thick and sticky as it could be.
But then, that’s my taste. It is very nice coffee, and with decent seating downstairs (only a few seats upstairs) and friendly staff, it’s a nice spot. They’re also on twitter: http://twitter.com/GetCoffee1
Coffee *** (maybe more…)
£1.40
Service **** smiley!
Environment ***
Others: great snacks and teas

Coco de Mama, 85 Fleet Street, WC2 (Farringdon / St Paul’s end)

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Modern, clean, functional (think Alessi design or, if you’re being unkind, IKEA) sandwich and coffee shop at the Ludgate / Blackfriars end of Fleet Street, this does a nice, short Italian style espresso. Seven tables and some window seats, and a light interior make this a nice, if not exactly comfortable, place to pause. Friendly staff.
Coffee ****
£1.45
Environment ***