Traditionally, London’s transport hubs have been nothing more than points of transit. Drab and decrepit, travellers passed through as fast as possible, into the centre or out to the suburbs: anywhere they could buy more than a white-bread sandwich and an anaemic cup of tea. Then, suddenly, Liverpool Street burst to life, King’s Cross underwent a surgical regeneration process, and Victoria was transformed from scruff to splendour. Now the process has trickled down from trains to tubes. For years, caffeine-starved commuters have filed through Earl’s Court, unable to allay their cravings with anything other than chain-bought coffee. Refreshingly independent, the newly-opened Over Under Coffee promises to offer the antidote to their woes. Founded by barista Ed Barry, who developed a taste for café culture whilst living between Dublin and New York, its coffee comes from Brixton’s lauded Assembly roasters, and its food is sourced from a range of suppliers in the Cotswolds by chef Connie Grossman. Stationed just opposite the tube, it might make you want to linger around Earl’s Court a little longer.
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