In popular modern mythology, the rise of the speciality coffee culture has been largely driven by the ‘young professional’ sector, particularly those in the financial world… which makes it all the more curious that London’s big financial centre, Canary Wharf, is only now to open its first independently-owned coffee house.
The reason behind this curiosity is that up to now, many of the business institutions in the area have had their own in-house coffee sites. The working population of Canary Wharf’s is expected to hit 100,000 next year, and the general area is now developing into a district of cafes, restaurants and bars. The first coffee shop to open there will be Taylor Street Baristas.
Taylor Street was established in 2006 by an Australian family, Andrew, Laura and Nick Tolley, and already has six sites operating in London and Brighton.
“Fingers crossed, and subject to planning/refurbishment/contractors/etc., we’re hoping to sell our first coffee there at the end of September,” Nick Tolley said. “We’re very excited by the opportunity to be the first to bring quality, artisanal coffee to Canary Wharf, and we expect the cafe to be busy.”