Name: Freestate Coffee
Location: 23 Southampton Row, London
Closest Tube Stop: Holborn
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Vibe: Relaxed and easy. Their aesthetic is a bit dark, with lots of wood and dimmed light. The mood always seems to reflect the moody London weather which I always appreciated. The staff will always greet you and you will always feel welcomed into this dark, moody cafe.
Coffee & Food: Freestate is super close to where I went to school, so I frequented this spot a lot. I’ve gotten everything from tea and coffee to salads, sandwiches, porridge and brownies. This is really like one stop shopping. Everything that I tried was delish, but I will say that my favorite thing was their salted caramel brownie. It’s AMAZING. Sadly, they don’t have it every day (which is a good thing or else I would have gotten one every single day). So if you see it, snatch it up or you’ll be sorry!! I take their tea over their mochas. Their mochas always tasted burnt to me, but nonetheless I still ordered them from time to time. They also have bomb croissants and salads. Everything tastes fresh and like a party in your mouth.
Seating: I can’t believe that for all the times I went I never snatched a photo of the entire space. They have a decent amount of seating, though. However, sometimes if it’s all filled (which it is regularly) then it starts to feel pretty cramped. It’s pretty hit or miss with the seating as to if you’ll get a good seat. But always worth a shot!
Overall: In my best of London guide, I listed Freestate as having the friendliest staff. And it’s true. They knew me by name and were always so pleasant and happy to see anyone, but especially their regulars. They knew what I wanted and would sometimes even save me a salted caramel brownie. #winning Overall, if you’re looking for a spot that has good feels, good food and good people, this is it.
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