Out and about: Kaffiene, Great Titchfield Street, London W1

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Great Titchfield Street is a road running north from the Oxford Circus end of Oxford Street that has been a haven for small online businesses since the first UK dot com boom. Though overshadowed by the Silicon roundabout of Old Street and trendy Clerkenwell, north of Oxford Street is start-up central.

I took time out to catch with my former colleague Salim and hear about the plans for his latest venture.  Knowing me well enough to know that I consume caffeine the way a crackhead likes freebase he took me to a new independent coffee shop called Kaffeine (I love the fact that there is no pretence in the name).

It is a high-ceiling-ed and deceptively deep shop interior with a long counter of great food. The coffee lived up to the shop name and we tried the brownies which were exceptionally good. I got a doggy bag to go – enough said. The service is friendly. The space itself is quite interesting with crate-like bench seating at the back and big bar stools along the side.

I didn’t try to get wi-fi, but didn’t need it as the reception on my iPhone was fine anyway. It was nice to be in a good quality coffee shop that didn’t end up looking like the rugby scrum which usually happens at the Monmouth Coffee Company. One thing I would say though is that it is very easy to overhear other peoples conversations, so the Americans who were discussing their need for a digital marketing manager and their expansion strategy for the UK over the next six months – I know what you’re doing.

66 Great Titchfield Street
+44 20 7580 6755

Monday – Friday 7h30 – 18h00 | Saturday 9h00 – 18h00