TOMTOM COFFEE HOUSE
Tomtom Coffee House is fantastic. On my visit, I was lucky enough to meet the founder of the shop Tom Assheton, who kindly sat down with me and talked me through the history and philosophy behind the shop.
I found out that the large table in the shop actually belonged to Tom’s grandparents. He chose it for its shape and size, as it encourages complete strangers to chat to each other. Tom also encourages social interaction by not offering wifi in store. The idea is to make the place more like a traditional coffee house, where people come to enjoy great conversation over great coffee. If you’re looking for a place to tap away on your laptop, this might not be the place for you.
Tom has teamed up with Giles Dick-Read, who roasts the coffee down in Dorset, supplying the shop with a unique selection of beans. As well as in store, Tomtom Coffee House sell their coffee beans in their nearby cigar shop, which is only a minute’s walk away.
This Belgravia coffee house is located equidistant between Sloane Square and Victoria and is a firm favourite in the area. You should pop in to find out why.
Address: 114 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QD, London.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm & Sunday 9am to 5pm.
Price of a double espresso: £2.30 (£2 to take away)
Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): Plenty