WILD AND WOOD COFFEE
Wild and Wood Coffee is a cosy cafe on New Oxford Street, a few minutes from Holborn Tube station. Space is limited here but the table sharing policy maximises its utility. I experienced this myself when I was fortunate enough to strike up a conversation with some LSE students having a coffee break from studying. Talking to strangers in London is quite a rarity, and it’s something that this place actively encourages, a great idea in my opinion.
They serve Monmouth Coffee and also offer a filter option. My espresso was good, I got quite a strong toffee flavour from it. Wild and Wood Coffee is adorned with pictures of famous old British TV characters, testament to the shop having opened over 30 years ago.
As you walk in, on the left you encounter ‘the nook’, an intimate space off the main section of the shop with wood panelling on all sides. A distinctly calm vibe exudes from the panelling and the old church pews used as benches. In some ways it does almost feel as if you were walking back in time. It gives the shop a quaint charm that distinguishes it from the rest in the area.
While this place has many great attributes, I felt that the service let it down slightly. The staff weren’t rude, but they were a little cold. However, all in all I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and will not rule out going back soon.
PS this is the cheapest double espresso I have encountered across London’s finest coffee shops.
Address: 1-19 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BA, London.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.45pm, Saturday 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm.
Price of a double espresso: £1.30
Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): Some tables and chairs