Notes – St Martin’s Lane

Amongst the crowds of tourists and theatregoers in this part of town it’s difficult to find somewhere with as peaceful an atmosphere as Notes. I visited at around 10am on a Saturday morning and the place was almost empty, the surreal melodies of Count Basie were drifting through the high ceilinged space.

Notes offers Square Mile coffees and the current choice is between the ever-poular Red Brick blend and the Ethiopian Jirmiwachu single estate that is currently doing the rounds at London’s finest coffee establishments.

We ordered two cappuccinos – one a traditional one shot (with less milk) and one a “house style” two-shotter, both using the Jirmiwachu.

They were both beautifully crafted:


The space was a treat to sit in: plenty of original features still present and sympathetic modern additions really make the place a bit different:



Notes is also open in the evening for pre-theatre and interval drinks and has an intriguing selection of wines. A small shop downstairs houses a jazz shop which is worth a look.

The cafe also produces excellent sandwiches and the breakfast menu is short but high quality, offering pastries, homemade jam, muesli and other options.

The coffee tasted of cream and chocolate, followed by an amusing burst of strawberries. The toast and homemade strawberry jam complemented it perfectly.

Overall, Notes is definitely worth visiting and one of the highest quality coffee shops you will see in London. The interior is fantastic and the staff friendly and knowledgable. The coffee is always well-crafted to the highest standard. It gets busier later in the day so an early morning visit really does pay dividends; you can fully take in some of the most pleasant surroundings in which to enjoy coffee in London in one of the most unlikely parts of town.


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