#12 40’s Café, Queensway

Apologies about the awkward title.

This café is good for breakfast, meetings and long work sessions.

What I like about it:

  • Its cosy. A small café with lots of natural light and only two or three guys running the place, its got a nice local vibe.
  • Opens late. This place opens from 7am – 7pm

Key features:

  • Coffee rating (1 = really bad, 5 = really good): 3.5
  • Wifi: Yes.
  • Power sockets: Yes, near the wall seating, but you should ask the barista. The sockets in the front near the window seats are broken.
  • Location: 40 Queensway, London W2 3RS
  • Nearest tube: Queensway or Bayswater
  • Music volume: Just right.

Other features:

  • If you are an oldies fan, this is the place for you.
  • Seating type – wooden tables and chairs. Good ‘working height’ (ie. just right for working away on a laptop)
  • Frequented by a mix of locals and tourists.

They are a humble, unpretentious café. “Very local” is all I can say. They have a simple and tasty (but nothing to shout about) selection of sandwiches, cakes and a small list of espresso-based coffees from their own roastery.

The coffee rating of 3.5 is based solely on the macchiato I had but to be honest, I don’t really know what a good macchiato or bad macchiato tastes like as I am mainly a filter coffee drinker. This one started off quite bitter and then I eased into it.

Their customers are mainly tourists who walk by or locals who live around the area. 40’s Café isn’t much for social media, Yelp or Tripadvisor.

Some things I think they could improve on: Put a ‘push’ sign on the outside handle of the door – the handle messes with your mind seeing as it can only be pushed and not pulled from the outside. However, this is probably a problem that a lot of places have.

Would I go back?

Definitely. I live in the area, its got enough power sockets, good stable wifi, decent coffee and food, not too noisy and loads of natural light – my kind of work space.



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