Timberyard Coffee Seven Dials
I would like to take a moment to ask everyone to contemplate… if a latte has not been Instagrammed… has it even existed? This is why I struggle to write about Timberyard Coffee. This café has everything I would have previously considered encapsulated a lovely coffee shop. It has the most welcoming interior, with an extensive layout upstairs and downstairs of leather couches, window seating, free WiFi, outlets, sandwiches, cakes, red and white spiral straws, meeting areas, long hours, no minimum for credit card charges, and the list could go on. Essentially, they are the most accommodating café that I have entered in London, especially considering Brits aren’t usually known for being the most accommodating. And I could practically live in this coffee shop, if I wanted to. However, the realization came to me when I followed them on Instagram and flooded with every ‘re-gram’ of every customer’s picture of their Latte art. Don't get me wrong, Latte art is beautiful and their coffee presentation is lovely—every coffee to stay comes on a wooden tray, equipped with a glass of brown sugar, and dark glass water bottle. It is just this that makes me see they aren’t selling coffee, but aesthetic presentation that will be documented by every person that walks through the door. Props on the marketing, Timberyard. And thank you for hosting me in my hours of need for studying somewhere other than the library. But I feel not much of a need to talk about their coffee, because most people will be 100 percent satisfied with its photogenic qualities and comfy chairs.
Okay, perhaps I am being a bit harsh because I have enjoyed some of the espresso I have had there. Both locations carry Has Bean coffee, although the coffee itself is so un-emphasized by everything else that I have never known what blend they are using.
Recommend: Make sure to Instagram whatever you get.
Note: This cafe is even available for bookings! For free WiFi! For good food! Come n take it!
Espresso Rating: 7.5/10
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Hours: (Seven Dials) Mon-Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm; Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sun: 10:00-am8:00pm; (Old Street) Mon-Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm; Sat-Sun: 10:00am-6:00 pm
Addresses: 7 Upper St Martin's Lane, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DL; 61-67 Old Street, EC1V 9HW