Covent Garden is, to many tourists, the centre of London. The square around which fellow tourists gather – pausing from a day’s shopping, watching the street performers or just passing through and soaking up the ambiance. Its many side streets are filled with both excellent little restaurants and cafes and over-priced tourist traps. Double Shot Café is, fortunately, in the former category. Off one of the streets running from the central plaza, this café is a great little place serving excellent coffee.
Coffee – 4/5
Serving Union Hand Roaster Coffee, this was a tasty cup of Joe. A light foam topped the warm coffee. I’d have liked a thicker, creamier foam but it was flavourful, hot and a good double handful of a serving. It comes in Covent Garden prices though at £2.80 for a regular and £2.90 for a large.
Atmosphere – 3/5
As you walk in, you will find a nice, airy café with a tempting selection of food laid out ahead of you. There’s something of the old British tea rooms but in a good way. However, with limited seating it gets full pretty quick and your other option is the basement. Which hasn’t been done out as nicely. It’s a bit dark with a few chairs thrown in. They should have either gone all out and done something with this area or left it alone. At the moment, it’s neither here nor there.
Food – 2/4
The usual café selection – just baked goods and sandwiches. Pretty uninspired but it all looked tasty enough.
Service – 3/3
Even tucked away in the forgotten basement, we got our coffee delivered down stairs. Good stuff.
Extras – 2/3
Live music, Wifi and a loyalty card help this feel like it could be somewhere in a small suburb, not in the centre of town.
Summary – 14/20
There’s a lot to recommend this place, especially with its central setting, but it feels like a few more tweaks here and there could really make this place one to visit.
38a Tavistock Street,