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Always keen to arrive at work with a spring in our step, Dexters are particularly taken with this list of top ten London coffee shops. We also love the description of Bloomsbury’s aptly named Syrup of Soot; as Dexters’ Bloomsbury branch will testify, this characterful coffee shop sums up the spirit of Bloomsbury perfectly.
As the literary centre of London, Bloomsbury makes a fascinating place to live, hosting two London universities and the British museum. It’s home to two distinctly different shopping streets, Lambs Conduit Street for designer shopping and Marchmount Street, which is reminiscent of an English village.
Property to buy or rent in Bloomsbury is no less diverse, with a number of garden square properties, portered mansion blocks and mews houses appealing to buyers and tenants alike.
It seems that despite the press about increased business rates driving smaller enterprises out of central London, independents like Syrup of Soot are thriving in the right locations. So stop for coffee and take a look at Dexters’ Bloomsbury properties.
Think old school London and what do you get? Red telephone boxes, rain splashed buses, Buckingham Palace and a dash of Sherlock Holmes for good measure? Well, London’s history reaches a lot deeper than these trite tourist trappings. We’re proud that our city’s always had a constant flow of thinkers, movers and shakers. Skipping back to the start of the last century, the most infamous group to paint the town red was the Bloomsbury Set. Yet, their world of disposable time – sitting, thinking and writing – seems a distant dream in our 24/7 lives. That’s where Syrup of Soot comes in. Located right by the British museum, this coffee spot satisfies any time-travelling fantasy. With the original wooden panels, William Morris-esque wallpaper and even oil portrait paintings with glass eyes, this is a place to get creative juices flowing.