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Waterloo Station, London SE1 7ND
raistlyn wrote on 9 February 2011
If I don't have enough time to grab breakfast at home, I know there's always Moma Foods by platforms 5 and 17 at Waterloo train station where I can get an oatie (aka Bircher muesli, one of the healthiest and best ways to start your day) to eat on my train to work. There're several flavours to choose from and my personal favourites are blueberry and wild berry. Moma also has a loyalty card system: buy nine, get one free.
Yes, I know I could make this at home, but for those who are pressed for time, and, who want to spend a little more time in bed or can't eat before leaving the flat because you're going to the gym, then this is a great way to ensure you're still getting a healthy, delicious breakfast.
I know I'm always disappointed when I get to the end of an oatie. Not because it was bad or too small, but because it's so delicious and there's no more!
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22 Cornwall Road, London SE1 8TW
raistlyn wrote on 14 December 2010
I love all of the Konditor & Cook shops. They make the best brownies in London. FACT. And they're great for picking up a treat or two with which to treat your colleagues. Everything I've ever purchased from a K&C has been fantastic, from the Curly Wurly cakes to the cute magic cakes to the hot chocolate... They're not incredibly cheap, but neither are they incredibly expensive. And once you've taken a bite out of their Boston Brownies (or their Curly Wurly brownies which come a close second), you will be hooked.
Waterloo Station, London TW6 1AP
raistlyn wrote on 12 April 2010
I wouldn't ordinarily give a chain coffee shop - and such a particularly busy outlet at that - a go, except that, this morning, I had a 12 minute wait for my train (I usually don't have that much time) and I really needed coffee after a late night involving attempting to finish off a particularly riveting book. I didn't succeed and ended up waking up later than expected and with a bit of a headache, meaning I couldn't stomach the thought of having a 30+ minute journey into the office before getting a caffeine fix.
So off I popped into the Costa queue. I wasn't too sure about it, as there were at least ten people in front of me, and, at an estimate of two minutes per person, and with two cashiers, I figured I would have enough time to grab my drink... but only just barely.
Instead, I found that the total time taken between getting in line and getting my drink was about five minutes. Incredibly quick, even at places which aren't as busy. They weren't overly friendly, but they weren't rude either.
The flat white was good. Not up to the standards of most of the independent coffee chains, but much better than the cappuccino I had the day before at Tinderbox.
This place would normally get three stars from me, but because it was so quick and efficient, it gets a bump up to four stars.
13 York Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7NJ
raistlyn wrote on 2 March 2010
Smaland Coffee, with two dots over the first 'a' is a little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop located near Waterloo station. Being Swedish, it serves up coffee the Swedish way, i.e. dark and bitter with a bit of a kick. I elected for a small cappuccino (£1.95) and, yes indeedy, the coffee was strong!
This place also serves up Scandinavian pastries and sandwiches, and I do believe I spied some delicious looking sausages. I couldn't try any as I had already eaten, so this will be something to try in the future.
It can be a little hard to find because, well, it's small, and, when I was there, it seemed like only no. 31 was numbered so I didn't know which direction to walk down once I exited the York Road exit.
There is no space to sit down other than a table or two along the grey, drab walkway outside.
If you're tired of the chain alternatives you get in Waterloo station and don't wish to venture too far, then this is the place to go.