Continental Stores Espresso – Bloomsbury

Minimalism – there’s just something about it.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

Something which makes people wanna sip inside

Do you take

Oak and oats or

Avocado and egg

on multi-grain toast?

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury Avocado and Eggs on toast


Celebrate mornings

Grab a friend

Over cake and brekky:

“Millionaire’s shortbread”  

With roasted blends.

Swirly milk

White walls

Bakes by big windows

And of course,

“That carroty-thing with frosting”

plus 2 forks:

 Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury  carrot cake

Continental Stores Espresso is a minimalist coffee shop and cakes stop right by Tavistock Place.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury


No more than a 15 minute walk away from big sister “Store Street Espresso”, CS has stuck to their ethos and spread their house “Square Mile” blend coffee across to their other end of Bloomsbury.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

At CS, this brewed and honest goodness is served to you with the same kind of spacious intimacy that has long made the big sis so popular amongst students, tourists, and business-folk alike. Head to the back for some peace and quiet, or stay by the fore for window benches and bakes-galore. The day me and Jessie visited was the first day they were serving their all-new Millionaires shortbread slice.

One word: Beautiful; thick gooey caramel with…a hint of healthy? I could taste something like date. It was lovely, although I never did get to find out what was in it. The staff said ‘chocolate’. I said fair enough.

Millionaires shortbread Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

Cakes are a staple here; pastries too. Order brunch or stay for lunch – since the sandwiches, soups and French toast will be calling out for you. Bring your laptop and arrive before noon to grab a seat (CS is far smaller than their sister-ship branch), but have trying to tear yourself away: Drinking coffee here is a form of meditation in itself.

UCL students: This place is a conveniently close call to procrastinate, and makes for the perfect post-lecture escape.

The store is tranquil, airy, fresh, cosy, and friendly; you get the impression that its quality over quantity. I’d say it is, and rightly so.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

The final verdict is: We cannot wait to come back. CS, you have lured us with your space and bright simple charm.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury Cappucino

See you soon!

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences…I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • Corinne

    AHHHH!!!! This looks amazing. This post totally makes me want to be all sophisticated and sit in a coffee shop with my Mac, blogging and looking all savvy! Ha.

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

    Corinne x

  • Lauren

    Coffee shops are my favorite! I hope one day I can visit CS!

  • Kat Reynolds

    Looks delish! Just drooled everywhere, ha! x

  • Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Lovely coffee shop, Tash. I think I’d want to spend a lot of time at CS, for sure. Their millionaire bars look quite divine… I got a chuckle out of your ‘healthy’ find. hehe! Do you think it’s white chocolate in the center?

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness

    This sounds like a great little place & right up my alley!

  • Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    This shop seems to be very inviting and cozy. The carroty-thing with frosting looks delicious.

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries

    that dessert bar looks wayyy too good! and I love it when they put designs like the heart in the coffee 😉 so pretty!

  • Lucy

    oh wow that is quite the breakfast and those cakes I want to put my hand in and pull it out of the screen delicious Lucy x

  • Eva

    This place is a dream for have a good breakfast !

  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I want everything from this place!!

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    what a gorgeous breakfast!

  • Louise@FitRadiance

    Oh I adore coffee shops! Usually more for the cakes than the coffee though 😉 Haha. Love the look of this place. Thumbs up!

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Oooh, this place looks amazing! Those cakes! That breakfast! Have to drop by next time I’m in Bloomsbury!

  • Natasha

    I love coffee shops like this! Bright and airy, perfect for people watching. x

  • Tee | Rotten One

    Mornings are my absolute favorite, especially when shared with a friend. Your photos capture why! Great photos, Tash! x

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    That egg dish looks delicious. By the way, I just read (and loved) Ocean at the End of the Lane this summer!

  • Aisling

    This looks DIVINE. I am going to note it in my phone for the next time I am in the city and need a place to grab something! 😀

  • Ciara Delaney

    omg delicious!