Tesoro Gelateria, 39 Goodge Street (nr Goodge St tube)


Ice cream is the theme here – proper Italian ice cream. So where better to get a proper Italian espresso too?

Italian voices ring around the shop too – this is no ersatz copy, but the real thing.

So the coffee is excellent, I am relieved to say. Thick but not syrupy, short but not a smear. Full of rich flavour and textures. And for £1.40, a decent price for somewhere just 5 minutes off Oxford Street.

The shop is narrow but has a bench and about 5 high chairs. Downstairs there’s a lot more space, and tables. It looks clean, new and modern – very pleasant.

Coffee *****
Environment ****
Others: lots of ice cream!

Rossodisera, 3 Monmouth St, WC2H 9DA (nr Neal’s Yard & Covent Garden)


Nice and convenient Italian cafe-restaurant at the end of Monmouth Street.

If you’re in the area for coffee alone, then Monmouth Coffee is the obvious option just up the road – but if you want food, drink and a very Italian feel, Rossodisera is a better choice.

Coffee ****
Environment ***
Others **** (food and drink)

Carter Lane Coffee House, Carter Lane EC4 ( St Paul’s Cathedral / Blackfriars tubes)


Carter Lane, an area near St Paul’s which “has more lawyers than people” according to a sign in a barber’s window, also has some decent coffee.

This new (at time of writing – October 2012) little shop is barely more than a coffee machine, some pastries, and a bench at the window for sitting.

But that coffee machine is one of best in the world, and it makes a delicious smooth espresso.

So, as far as I am concerned, this new Carter Lane resident can stay.

Coffee *****
Environment ***