The recent proliferation of bike shops in London seems only to have been exceeded by the growing number of seriously good coffee shops. As luck would have it, one of the latter was located around the corner from where I was working this summer.
The only way to recognize the second outpost of Tapped and Packed, situated in Fitzrovia near Warren Street, is by the bike hanging above the doorway and the hand painted No. 114. The logo-free shop front was not intentional, but when owners Richard Lilley and former business partner Victor Frankowski opened their first store at No. 26 Rathborne Place, they put Richard’s old bike out front, hand painted the number on the exterior, and then could not decide where to put a logo. It proved to be a moot point, as their award-winning brews gained an immediate following.
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Above: Black treacle tins serve as sugar pots. Photograph via Flickr.
Above: The hand painted No. 114 on the exterior.