Coffee Break: Nude Espresso, London

I’m not going to lie, the smell of coffee excites me.  The taste not so much. Every now and then, I have a mocha or latte in a café, usually because the choice of tea is poor and I forgot my own at home.  I like espresso but it gives me the shakes.  A couple of weeks ago, I had a meeting in Brick Lane.  As a Londoner I should probably feel some shame in admitting that it was my first time in this part of London.  I’m a South West London woman; what can I say? Is it just me or is East London seriously cool?   In my all black ensemble of shift dress, stockings and heels, I looked and felt very much out of place.   Clearly, I’m not ‘down with the hipsters’.

Anyway, there I was ‘stuck’ in East London and in search of a café to get some work done when the lovely Twitter folk pointed me in the direction of Nude Espresso.  With the roastery just down the road (I took a wrong turn and ended up there first!) and the strong aroma as soon as you walk through the door, I figured this was probably a good occasion to forgo my usual tea. The helpful staff talked me into having London’s best lemon and poppy seed muffin to go with my mocha.  The mocha was too small for the £2+ it cost though it was absolutely delicious. Velvety and rich without any type of bitterness and don’t even get me started on that muffin.  The décor is simple, the place clean and the staff lovely. The only downside is that the music was too loud.  It’s a coffee shop, not a rave.

Have I been converted to coffee?  Absolutely not, however, this was a positive experience and I look forward to discovering more of London’s cafés.  Definitely one for the coffee lovers. Where do you get your caffeine fix in London?

Nude Espresso
26 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR


  1. Maya 5 November 2012 / 07:21

    Well, as you know when am in London, am mostly east so this is one for me. I love exactly this kind of place. I feel cooler by association when I sit there. But I hate, as you say, when I come to brick lane and surrounding places and they treat everything as a club: a food truck there is a party. Still, I have this place in my memory bank now and definitely checking it out next time.

    • Not Just Another Milla 27 November 2012 / 15:49

      You make me laugh M! You’re already a cool chick; you don’t need coffee to add an edge! When are you back?

  2. auscanucksarah 5 November 2012 / 09:31

    I am one of those weirdos that actually hates the smell of coffee. Not only do I hate the actual taste but especially the smell!! I must have some sort of gene deformity or something! How I made it through 2 uni degrees without coffee I honestly don’t know. Lemon and poppy seed muffin though-I’m there! That menu looks great!

    • Not Just Another Milla 27 November 2012 / 15:50

      I’m new to coffee but I have to say, the smell has always been welcome. It’s something you can do without so don’t worry.

  3. LatteLisa 5 November 2012 / 18:26

    love that review,
    I think I’ve heard my friends talk about this place and it’s coffee … I have never been there myself

    • Not Just Another Milla 27 November 2012 / 15:51

      Lisa, good grammar and hot beverages are two of my main interests. Consider this comment approved! :-)

  4. Edita (pret-a-reporter) 6 November 2012 / 11:31

    Sounds delicious! I know what you mean about the smell of the coffee – I love it :) x


    • Not Just Another Milla 27 November 2012 / 15:52

      It’s addictive, isn’t it? x

  5. brianscoffeespot 21 November 2012 / 17:53

    Not been there yet, but it’s on my list (as is the Soho branch). Your lovely review has just bumped it up the list :-)

    • Not Just Another Milla 22 November 2012 / 14:23

      Thanks Brian! I don’t usually drink coffee so was pleasantly surprised and those lemon muffins are heavenly!.

  6. Rachel 2 January 2013 / 19:54

    This is amazing. You make me want to jump into London and have a cup of coffee.

    I’m the total opposite. Hate the smell of coffee, but love everything else about it hah!

    • Not Just Another Milla 14 January 2013 / 13:09

      Come to London!

      I usually drink café crèmes or mochas but lately I’ve been drawn to espresso, enjoyed with a small piece of dark chocolate.

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