"Have you got a garden?" I asked the staff at the counter. It seemed like a perfectly obvious question. With its minimalist layout and light pouring in through its large glass facade, having a outdoor seating area in a garden would check all the boxes for a haven for chilling out.
It turns out that the Coffee Works Project has a garden. And they are looking to install seating in it. It just that their efforts were thwarted by London's notoriously fickle weather. So the garden seating might be up already by the time you read this.
A good size garden at its back
A meeting that ended early meant that I was at Coffee Works Project at a rather odd time. When asked whether they still serve food at 4pm, the staff pointed me to some remnants of salad on the coffee counter. I went for only chocolate au pain (a stale tasting one at that) in the pastry basket instead.
I couldn't help but noticed that the staff was using an iPad (albeit the first generation) as a cash register. "It saves space," he replied matter of factly when I asked him about it.
Nursing a cappuccino and biting into the pastry while perching on a stool by the counter with the afternoon summer sun in my face is certainly something I can get used to.
With cafeterias popping up along Camden Passage, it's getting crowded along that small stretch, especially with the queue at The Breakfast Club during weekends. Coffee Works Project might just be the place to draw the crowd away once its garden is ready. Look no further if you're looking for a place to chill out.
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