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Notes Music & Coffee

Coffee Shop and Music Store££££
Leicester Square, London
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  • Andrea T.
    "also sell Crosstown doughnuts and Camden beers"(4 Tips)
    Constance |.
    "Very trendy coffee shop, chill vibe, with an excellent flat white."(9 Tips)
    Debs D.
    "Matcha latte was nice"(4 Tips)
    Akua O.
    "Chilled out vibe is great for a Friday night."(9 Tips)
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  • Mark J.
    Mark JenkinsJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Flat White even if a little more expensive than your usual chain of coffee shop. Worth paying that bit extra for a relaxing atmosphere, friendly service and when I popped in, some soothing Jazz.
  • Frankie B.
    Frankie BirdJanuary 4, 2013
    Lovingly made coffee, fresh sandwiches and infused water to help yourself to. Perfect place to spend a few hours alone. Oh and the chilli flakes in the aubergine sandwich bread was awesome surprise!
  • Mert K.
    Mert KaracaAugust 12, 2014
    Put other coffee shops aside and try this tourist-free place. Roasting their own beans!! It surely has a great coffee service. also try a brownie! Pleasant atmosphere. Perfect for chilling.
  • Raoul F.
    Raoul FisherNovember 1, 2016
    Great flat whites, friendly staff and good wines in the evening - a great pre-theatre meeting spot. Not a good working environment, as the ambient music is loud, and non-existent WiFi.
  • David G.
    David GrahamNovember 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Relaxed vibe, with classical or jazz playing in the background & a classic movie on the screen. Eclectic mix of customers - tourists, museum goers & local office folk. Quality coffee & good wine too
  • Jokke M.
    Jokke MartensFebruary 19, 2014
    Nice clean cup. 2 times in a row. One v60, one woodneck. Really well extracted, these were just treats to drink really. It's hard to decide which is my favourite coffeeshop of London..
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 10, 2014
    Absolutely amazing coffee shop. Whether you're there for tea, coffee or a snack you'll be rewarded with great service, an incredible atmosphere and a solid experience.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LearSeptember 10, 2014
    Love this place. A bit of a gem in a tourist area. Quirky but traditional and old feeling decor that suits the heritage area. Coffee and cakes are good. Can be pretty busy.
  • Sarah
    SarahApril 2, 2012
    Nice fresh, healthy food within a laid back environment...you can go through the selection of music and enjoy the atmosphere...a nice start into the day before strolling through Covent Garden...
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenAugust 13, 2014
    Very dimly lit in the evening (for intimacy) but as a result a little hard to find. Keep and eye out - they're coffee is worth it!
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 26, 2015
    Great place for excellent coffee and a quick bite to eat. Service is quick and friendly, there's plenty of places to sit and they have old movies playing on the tvs.
  • Ellie S.
    Ellie SJuly 27, 2013
    Very nice place for coffee with relaxing music. I assume the food must be good too but I'll never find out as the non polite staff has made me lose my will to order.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 22, 2012
    Aside from the espresso menu, there’s also a special brew bar here, you can also buy music and DVDs and there’s a private room at the back which you can rent. Read more
  • Tomfoolery
    TomfooleryAugust 16, 2016
    Beautiful flat whites, takeaway is a little cheaper which is always nice (maybe it shouldn't be to discourage the use of disposable cups though... I'm torn)
  • Reda H.
    Reda HaqAugust 28, 2013
    Great, relaxing hideaway in the middle of town. Recs include oasted banana bread and a flat white. Really delicious coffeem The mint tea is lovely too.
  • Ian J.
    Ian JonesMay 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Lovely coffee and nibbles... But if you are in a rush order wisely as at peak times it is not unusual to be told you coffee will be ready in 20 minutes!!
  • Lina F.
    Lina FlorezSeptember 27, 2016
    Coffee is great for sure. As well as the dark chocolate mousse with pistacho. Real mint leaves infusion 👌🏼.
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SMay 20, 2016
    Great location in an area not immediately close to decent cafes. Wonderful setup. It's a bit of a shame though that the coffee here tastes like burnt beans ground and beaten up on the side walk.
  • Bob S.
    Bob SmithMay 20
    Amazing coffee. Check the wines. The espresso martini is quite special. Ground coffee to take away is excessively expensive - avoid.
  • Odo
    OdoAugust 21, 2012
    Nice coffee, great jazz, movies, and if you want something stronger why not to try their wine list that changes every month. Full review... Read more
  • Lillian P.
    Very good quality cappuccino and nice, cozy atmosphere. Good for families with kids too.
  • Irina
    IrinaOctober 28, 2014
    Good place to visit on Sundays when all the other coffee shops in the area are closed. Tasty matcha latte (2.8£)
  • Akua O.
    Akua Obeng-FrimpongJuly 21, 2012
    Wellington St. is great for wine and a platter of Italian charcuterie in the evening. Chilled out vibe is great for a Friday night.
  • Mat A.
    Mat ADecember 28, 2014
    Great cafe with filter brew coffee, Crosstown doughnuts and the odd power outlet where you can charge your phone
  • Gregorygrisha
    GregorygrishaFebruary 27
    Attentive baristas. Just so you know they don't add chocolate/cinnamon to coffee as a rule of the recipe but if you kindly ask they will do.
  • Eman A.
    Eman AbdulazizSeptember 9
    Good place to drink cortado or matcha latte!
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Constance |.
    Very trendy coffee shop, chill vibe, with an excellent flat white. They also have Crosstown doughnuts.
  • Andrea T.
    Andrea TFebruary 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Too touristy for my appetite, but on the plus size, the coffee is excellent, and they also sell Crosstown doughnuts and Camden beers, what else you want?!
  • London H.
    London HareNovember 12, 2015
    Industrial chic place with something for everyone. I reviewed it on www.londonhare.tumblr.com 🐇
  • Eugenie K.
    Eugenie KangApril 23, 2014
    As it's a coffee specialty place, a cup of great coffee. A great get away of tourist hot spot.
  • Ben A.
    Ben AdelieAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Authentic selection of teas (limited) and good coffee, a little overpriced. Busy most of the time, small tables and feels crowded but finding a place to sit isn't too difficult.
  • Gozde A.
    Gozde AcarOctober 26
    Outside bench is really welcoming!Great for meet-ups on sunny days. Cakes are delicious.
  • Brynn E.
    Brynn EvansApril 14, 2015
    I had a pour-over, it was delicious! Mid-day during the week is also not crowded.
  • Lewy J.
    Lewy JonesDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There only seems to be one table with access to a power plug - closest to the bar on the left hand wall
  • Kosta P.
    Kosta PapanicolasMarch 9, 2013
    Tip: head to Soho for a cheaper flatwhite. £3 for a coffee is STEEP! either a sign of inflation or a cheeky attempt to charge 20% more than other Indy cafes because of its proximity to tourist jaunts.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HallettSeptember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, great wine, great food. A great place to relax near Trafalgar Square
  • Merit H.
    Merit HansmittJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Very cozy coffee shop in central London. And their coffee is amazing!
  • Maryna V.
    Maryna VelychkoFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious platters, excellent wine & great coffee. Favorite place in London.
  • Sachin M.
    Sachin MangalJanuary 4, 2016
    Really Cool cafe. Good service and great coffee. Absolutely love it.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CookFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared to wait for the brew bar coffees, specialties made to order. But worth it!
  • Alex T.
    Alex TeJuly 6, 2013
    Escape from the tourist trap. Lovely decor, quality drinks and snacks.
  • Binnur S.
    Binnur SevincSeptember 23, 2014
    Chocolate porter cake was awesome! Good service and very lovely staff💖
  • Nicol R.
    Nicol Rainy BrownSeptember 28, 2014
    Delicious speciality coffee, my friend had some tea which was also very nice
  • John B.
    John BoothMarch 31, 2016
    Busy cafe with good coffee, they also have a good selection of beers and wines.
  • Rhys G.
    Rhys GoodeMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a chat to the staff; they are lovely & very knowledge about the great stuff they serve!
  • Laura M.
    Laura MulkerneJanuary 14, 2012
    Lovely atmosphere here & friendly staff; their espresso has that perfect caramel taste.
  • Avril J.
    Avril JiaoOctober 18, 2014
    The only tiny tinny draw back is that is place doesn't have wifi nor phone signal ... TAT but the cake taste really really good
  • B
    BAugust 18
    Good coffee that comes from their own roastery
  • Holly W.
    Holly WhittakerSeptember 2, 2012
    Miserable staff every time. Nice atmosphere though - makes a change from the likes of starbucks and costa.
  • Rodger H.
    Rodger H.May 24, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I just don't get some of the previous comments. If you want a burnt espresso served up in 30 seconds go to Starbucks. If you want quality coffee and a place to relax then come here.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MeyerAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ideal venue for a date you know is going no where, you can escape fast after a £4 tea or coffee
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin ParnellAugust 30, 2014
    Great atmosphere and nice staff. I look forward to going back 👍
  • Carry M.
    Carry McKeonJune 16, 2014
    Love going here and watching the world go. Siphon - awesome
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesJuly 14, 2014
    One of the best coffee places in Central London! They use their own beans and brew specialty coffees to perfection. Relaxed atmosphere with plenty of seating, they also sell Coffee accessories!
  • Danis
    DanisFebruary 14, 2015
    Great craft coffee and also a bigup for selling crosstown doughnuts and craft beers (Camden) Only issue is the noise and the crowd of tourists. Looking forward to the new branch in Canary Wharf. 9/10
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I guess the area is too touristic for anything to be good. At least they maintain their excellent quality of coffee!
  • Rian B.
    Rian BoutilierMay 23, 2013
    Great atmosphere and wine list with very friendly service.
  • Craig R.
    Craig ROctober 10, 2013
    If you like your coffee this the place to be! Great ambience.
  • David J.
    David JensenFebruary 15, 2015
    Good coffee plus plenty of space to chat.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HardiDecember 27, 2012
    Try the tiramisu. It's not the normal traditional type but it's still very yummy!
  • Anna W.
    Anna WallaceNovember 11, 2014
    Nice spot for a quiet drink. Wine and charcuterie and coffee by day
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleyJanuary 16, 2014
    FYI: There's no WiFi here. Shame, as it's a lovely spot for a meeting.
  • Bassim A.
    Bassim AlgashamiSeptember 14, 2016
    Good coffee. Their V60 is great.
  • Kukkii K.
    Kukkii KoppeeFebruary 15, 2016
    I wasn't keen on the coffee... it didn't have much complexity. Hot chocolates are served in metal mugs and I'm sure it had a metallic taste.
  • Tonnvane W.
    Tonnvane WiswellMay 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The best cup of tea in Covent Garden AND Leicester Square.
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicFebruary 7, 2012
    Love the idea of having a music & movies shop below: music + coffee = winning combination!
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungApril 24, 2014
    Really good coffee. Decent spot for a convo or a meeting.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LuchtJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    They definitely know how to make coffee here!
  • Marinata
    MarinataDecember 15, 2015
    Great coffee variety, helpful baristi!
  • Emre T.
    Emre TuzerDecember 30, 2014
    The service might be a little slow, but always with a smile!
  • Orhan Oral U.
    Very limited choice of food. Interior is chic and staff is friendly. Coffee is good enough.
  • Dina A.
    Dina AJuly 26
    Best coffee shaken💗💗💗💗💗
  • Alexis
    AlexisAugust 10, 2013
    Best coffee in the neighborhood. Shame it's also the worse service.
  • Carmen L.
    Carmen LukeApril 26, 2014
    Flatwhite is amazing and great place to study!
  • Lu B.
    Lu B.May 18, 2013
    this is a #winelover kind of place.. very nice spot Portuguese wines :-)
  • Janos B.
    Janos BakoApril 6, 2015
    Excellent espresso from one of the best farms
  • Simon B.
    Simon BaptistMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for two different pulls that can highlight the difference pressure profiling can make
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiAugust 17, 2011
    Lovely place to relax and read, square mile espresso afaict, good food.
  • JJ
    JJJanuary 13, 2015
    Don't forget to look up. Interesting lightsss, yes a lot of bulbs 😀
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RushAugust 15, 2014
    The Pale Ale is great...
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LativyAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Now roasting their own beans. First batch available now :)
  • Liz H.
    Liz HartnettSeptember 18, 2016
    Great coffe and lots of seating but no wifi.
  • Elaine N.
    Elaine NgOctober 2, 2012
    Great coffee, great atmosphere, chiller vibe
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveAugust 7, 2014
    The really do believe that coffee is an art and a science here
  • Vik
    VikJune 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome coffee and an inspiring place to jus hang about ..
  • Roberto A.
    Roberto AnnunziataNovember 9, 2014
    Seems a good place but the espresso is awful. They kindly made it again but still awful. Dessert list was very limited. Seems better for cheese, cured meat and wine.
  • Bernardo P.
    Bernardo PintoJuly 1, 2015
    Nice little place with great coffee.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BynothOctober 28, 2012
    The ambience here is amazing and the staff friendly.
  • Debs D.
    Debs DebsAugust 15, 2015
    Matcha latte was nice
  • Michael H.
    Michael HadwinOctober 12, 2014
    Silky smooth Cappuccino. Classy jazz. A jem.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmallwoodDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar and watch them make coffee!
  • SSK
    SSKJanuary 29, 2016
    Another notes cafe next to the Theater. Matcha.
  • Simone G.
    Simone GOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The service is getting worse day by day. Five minute to get a coffee and other 10 for a Brownie
  • Leah S.
    Leah SinichkinaJanuary 30, 2015
    Brownies and minestrone are amazing!
  • Adam D.
    Adam DinwoodieJune 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the syphon coffee!
  • Stuart M.
    Stuart MurdochFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stunningly good coffee (I had a flat white)
  • Anelle X.
    Anelle XAugust 13, 2014
    Unexpected hidden gem right next to Trafaglar
  • Juan S.
    Juan SilveiraFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Mauritania Natural. Exceptional taste.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    maybe the best and most full bodied coffee in London! Read more
  • Didem C.
    Didem CetinFebruary 1, 2014
    Flat whites - heavenly! :
  • Jesús V.
    Jesús VillanuevaMarch 23, 2013
    Warm decoration, good coffee, rude service. After 20 mins, had the table cleared and the waitress coming every minute to check if we were ready to leave.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HadwinOctober 13, 2014
    Glacial service on Sunday. 20 minutes for a warm roll.
  • Irina
    IrinaOctober 28, 2014
    Not sure if I was served a macchiato or a cup of sour milk..!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarberAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee and nice food.
  • Donal O.
    Donal O'ConghaileJune 29, 2013
    Nice place but the mocha was a bit mucha
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DoyleMarch 11, 2015
    Expect a long wait while staff talk amongst themselves, abrupt service when they realise you've been waiting for 15 minutes to order and mediocre coffee.
  • Zsuzsa Z.
    Zsuzsa ZichóApril 30, 2013
    a nice flat white at Notes
  • Katerina K.
    Katerina KoukidouMarch 10, 2013
    Nice atmosphere. Nice music. But coffee is not good.
  • Ian J.
    Ian JonesDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Lovely food and excellent coffee
  • Leah S.
    Leah SinichkinaJanuary 30, 2015
    Matcha latte is not that good, the powder wasn't fully dissolved, so that the drink was way too bitter.
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChampionSeptember 20, 2013
    Good but I prefer Monmouth Street Coffee shop...
  • Андрей П.
    Good wine best price
  • Markpichet
    MarkpichetAugust 8, 2014
    Best coffee and bakery
  • Stefan T.
    Stefan TNovember 13, 2013
    Very very nice. Must come back.
  • c0uP
    c0uPAugust 12, 2012
    Chiller vibe and great coffee
  • Amna B.
    Amna Bin DhaherJanuary 2, 2015
    Good vibes and good coffee.
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle StuchburyAugust 1, 2015
    Best coffee I've had so far
  • Recep A.
    Recep AltunbasMarch 17, 2014
    Mint tea my favorite
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CookDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Now with additional wine.
  • minnie m.
    minnie mAugust 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to study in.
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GrayJanuary 27, 2013
    Brownie made up for the cool cappuccino!
  • Tobias R.
    Tobias ReynoldsApril 5, 2012
    OMFG - hipster central and the coffee isn't a patch on Monmouth's.
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriSeptember 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good quality coffee
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HauMay 24, 2011
    The mint tea is The Real Deal
  • Jason Q.
    Jason Quarisa3 weeks ago
    Coffee is good but the service is slow and the wifi is terrible. Also so network service when sitting out the back.
  • Vinay R.
    Vinay RamaJune 21, 2016
    Nice Music Store..
  • Kubuś S.
    Kubuś Samo ZłoMarch 23, 2015
    You ask for Rwanda you get Colombia. :-\
  • Indignao
    IndignaoMay 6, 2012
    Fantastic capuccino!!
  • James W.
    James WhiteNovember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Proper good coffee!
  • Katya L.
    Katya LalykoSeptember 24
    That's the coffee I got and they're saying it's normal. Ok 👎🏼
  • Keith H.
    Keith HollandMay 16, 2012
    Try the Kernal Pale Ale
  • Simone G.
    Simone GNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The service is very slow, your crossaint could arrive 5/10 minutes after your coffee. Coffee is terrible like almost anywhere in London.
  • Iren B.
    Iren BorMay 5, 2016
    Very friendly place
  • Erik E.
    Erik EAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Extremely helpful staff Read more
  • Mick Y.
    Mick YatesJanuary 23, 2011
    Brilliant collection of world movies on DVD ...
  • Richard E.
    Richard ExleyDecember 24, 2012
    Good flat white
  • Ciarán N.
    Ciarán NorrisDecember 2, 2010
    Just lively, dint forget to get a top up on your tea
  • Chris B.
    Chris BaldwinNovember 30, 2013
    Got served by an absolute witch, surrounded by smug idiots.
  • Brendan Q.
    Brendan QuinnJanuary 31
    Been here 10+ times
    No wifi. That's important to know.
  • adriana
    adrianaJune 25, 2016
    No internet and no phone coverage! Go if you want to disconnect from the world for a while otherwise avoid
  • Tony M.
    Tony McMahonJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Banana and chocolate muffins!
  • Benjemyn D.
    Benjemyn DeynOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Find Ben - he'll sort you out.
  • Eren G.
    Eren GokcekMay 14, 2012
    Great coffee
  • Polina D.
    Polina DobrevaOctober 17, 2012
    Goood morning
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CookDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch the barristas make the coffee using chemistry sets.
  • William N.
    William NorrisMay 21, 2012
    Pretty crap service and no food available at 5.45 in the afternoon.
  • Laura D.
    Laura DlnvApril 16
    People here have too much attitude
  • Tony M.
    Tony McMahonSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    With no Ben around, it's going to hell in a hand cart.
  • Oh,
    Oh,March 22, 2014
    Workye Shallo.
  • Kira N.
    Kira NewmanAugust 11, 2013
    This place is CLOSED!!!
  • Túlio B.
    Túlio BragançaApril 9, 2015
    It's 2015 and they don't have wifi. Really?
  • Alex S.
    Alex StubbingsDecember 16, 2014
    Awful coffee - no joke
  • Serg Y.
    Serg YFebruary 6, 2013
    Too expensive. 
  • Petr V.
    Petr VolnyApril 30, 2013
    Je to tady dost dobry i pro Pospa.
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