56 St James – lovely new coffee shop, E17


56 St James

We were slightly annoyed that a new cafe has just opened in the St James’ area of Walthamstow. Why? Well we lived just a stone throw away for thirteen years and now just when we have moved out, they move in! It was rather odd visiting our old stomping ground yesterday but we were planning a lovely walk in the sunshine over the marshes, which we have neglected since our move up to the top of town so decided to linger in the ‘Coppermill village’ as the estate agents have now dubbed this area.

’56 St James’ opened on Thursday to much Twitter excitement as intrigued Walthamstowers rushed to check out the new kid. The cafe is situated on the corner of Station Road and St James’ Street, it used to be an old fashioned accountants office, but now the the decor is modern vintage, with soft lighting and a friendly, laid back atmosphere. Their coffee is sourced from Nude Espresso so is bang on trend and is well made by the barista with a smooth taste. They have a small but good selection of cakes, salads and sandwiches. My cheese, ham & tomato sandwich on sourdough bread was tasty and I was envious of the baker’s achievement – why can’t I get those kind of holes in my bread? Must practice more!!


Nude espresso coffee

It isn’t cheap at £2.50 for a Flat White coffee, but you are paying for good quality ingredients in a Hackney hipster environment. Another positive is that it is very child-friendly with a large black chalk wall for creative tots and budding graffiti artists. We hope that it does really well and from the queue yesterday it is already in demand. We’ll be back to try the cakes!


so tempted!

56, St James’ Street, E17 7PE

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5 Responses to 56 St James – lovely new coffee shop, E17

  1. David says:

    A great review, thank you for that.

    I’ve been meaning to go here, especially with all the Twitter hype. When I did get around to it, they were closed on the Tuesday… *sighs*. It does make a significant difference to the area. Like yourself I also live a stones throw away from the Cafe and almost see it everyday, in fact I remember the accountants and even when the Polish food store next door used to be a Post Office.

    The pictures of the food look amazing so I think I’ll definitely take some of the family just to chill out a bit. Do you know if they have WiFi because THAT would be ideal…..!!!!

    Thanks Again!


  2. Dom Burke says:

    Great coffee and cake, a warm environment and child friendly.
    A very cool place that I will be returning to regularly!
    ..and yes they do have wifi.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I love 56 St James, such great coffee. Have you heard that there is a pop-up happening here on 28th Feb. Details here: http://grubclub.com/bidoche-bidoche-for-the-love-of-meat/985?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=bidoche&utm_campaign=meat


  4. Valda says:

    Tried to go to 56 St. James after reading rave reviews. Closed and shuttered with no mention of opening hours or even if it ever WILL open again! Anyone know anything? V


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