A review of Nude Espresso’s Spitalfields Market branch in East London. Review by a digital nomad who loves coffee and sometimes needs remote workplaces.

Cafe Overview:

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Spacious seating for a central London cafe — Photo by Athena Lam

While the stalls at Spitalfields Market may be a bit of a tourist trap, the historical landmark still has some local shops that are worth a visit. One of them is a spacious Nude Espresso branch that has plenty of seating, natural sunlight, and distance between tables. The cafe has a simple set up with just its coffee and a handful of daily pastries on the counter.

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Pastries to go with coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

Being close to both the Liverpool Street offices and heavy-traffic commercial space doesn’t give much incentive for the cafe to give out free Wi-Fi or offer much in the way of plugs. In other words, remote work here only if you have a fully charged laptop and want to bang out a document without any online distractions.

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A piccolo at Nude Espresso — Photo by Athena Lam

Nude Espresso has both espresso and single origin filter coffees. They also have one decaf roast. Their espresso drinks are made with the ‘East Blend’ unless you specify that you want to try their seasonal espresso.

As an aside, they have soy on the menu. I feel like it’s growing more available in London, but I only noticed it this one time.

I ordered a piccolo latte, which I thought was pretty good. I admit I can’t quite remember the profile, but it wasn’t good enough to stop my conversation with my friend. I remember thinking that the temperature was a bit off, which created a slightly more bitter (not just smokey) aftertaste. But hey, everyone has their off moments, and the Nude I tried at Hanbury Street about 5-minutes away was decent. I would definitely be willing to try again.

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Nude Espresso’s locations are all in London’s E1 area — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Nude Espresso also has cold brew coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

One of the reasons I’m more forgiving of my latest (summer, 2017) experience is because Nude Espresso is one of East London’s earliest coffee roasters. Since opening in 2008, they’ve only woven deeper into the fabric of Shoreditch. Despite its fame and growing success over the past decade, Nude Espresso’s 4 locations are all within the E1 area — literally a 15-minute walking distance.

Also, they serve coffee at East London prices — a latte is still £2.80, unlike the coffee shops south and west of Liverpool Street. Plus, also unlike some other specialty coffee shops close by, they do their own bean sourcing (partially direct trade) and roasting.

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Free papers while you enjoy your coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

 

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso, cold brew, slow brew, decaf (soy milk available)
  • Food: Pastries
  • Cafe Space: Approx 30 people
  • Friends: Hangouts
  • Workspace: Individual, 2-person, and group tables
  • Remote Work: No Wi-Fi or plugs
Address:  4 Market Street, London E1 6DT
Website:  Website
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 – 17:30
Weekends: 10:00 – 17:00

If you liked this post, check out my East London Coffee Walk!

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