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Costa coffee opening at the old Homelook 460 Brixton Road, SW9

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    I guess it's something to do with the Victorians building a solid column of bricks to hold up the railway line.
  2. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

  3. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    In fact, in this photo you can just make out that it once had an attractive arched glass frontage.

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  4. Onket

    Onket Gertcha

    Well, I'm sure it was, but I went in there today and their pints now cost £3. So I apologise.

    For the record, though, the £1.99 IPA doesn't really count as you'd have to drink about 20 to feel any effect from the alcohol.
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  5. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    But IIRC most of the glazing underneath the bridge was only onto display windows. There were two very shallow ones on either side, which backed onto the solid brick of the bridge abutment. I suspect these could only be maintained from outside, which was why subsequent tenants gave up on them, and kept them covered with blank screening.

    The deeper recessed central window occupied the central arch (brickwork revealed by the recent works) that used to be highlighted in the original Edwardian shopfront but was then covered up when Sanders "modernised" their shopfront in the 30s.
    I think this was serviced by a very small central door, that almost certainly would not comply with building regs as an exit from a restaurant.

    So I don't think that there is any way you could get a direct view into the coffee shop interior.

    But that is no reason for not having dummied up some interesting local history displays to go with the replica 30s granite shopfront rather than that bland corporate vinyl that Costa have lined the new "windows" with.
  6. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    You're probably spot on. This pic (from 2004) is a little inconclusive though, as it appears to show a fair bit of depth in the display (certainly enough for some sort of attractive display in place of the vinyl advert that's now there) and I can't work out what's behind the curtain. 'Tis a shocking display though!

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  7. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke

    Having a non-glass frontage saves on replacing it when it gets smashed in riots though
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  8. slcr

    slcr Well-Known Member

    It makes the interior more peaceful, not being able to see the world go by. I reckon it's a design choice. Agree with the ed they could do something more interesting than the branded frontage though - maybe they will.
  9. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke

    I shall have a look on Friday on passing. I may even pop in, although as I'll have already had a Costa Coffee, that day, not sure I'm willing to fork out for a second one :D
  10. Rushy

    Rushy Happy little urbamite.

    Did anyone else win a free coffee on the scratch-its being handed out to celebrate the opening? :cool:
  11. leanderman

    leanderman Tired

    No. But I bought a pretty horrible coffee.

    Lang Rabbie is right about the brickwork. It's solid. No chance of windowage.
  12. NSM

    NSM New Member

    Just been to the new Costa - huge inside with lots of tables and good atmosphere! I loved it! Plus they didn't make me wait for 20 minutes to get my coffe like federation coffe ..
  13. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx purves grundy - definitely a bloke

    Do you work there? :hmm:
  14. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils


    Hi! Good! It's about time these national chains started showing the independents what's what, What! They've had it all their own way for far too long!

    I see you're new! Welcome!
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  15. Winot

    Winot Win not Whine

    Yes but the 20 minute wait at Federation is worth it for the extra 'e'.
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  16. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    MDMAfee ? excellent brew

    Does it really take more than two minutes to get a coffee at Federation?
  17. gabi

    gabi Well-Known Member

    they do take their good time, yes. but it's very good.
  18. ash

    ash Inittogether

    They
    They can't make a proper cup of tea though, very disappointing. I am getting a bit fed up taking tea back because the milk is added before there has been any attempt at the brewing process. Does any one in these chains know how to make tea. They are trained in all the barrist steaming, banging and faffing it cant be too difficult to teach them to make an honest cuppa. I will be sticking to San Marino.
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  19. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat roast fishco and cornbread

    Indeed.

    We need to have more 'tea instructors' with white coats, implausible accents and even more implausible eyebrows spreading the word



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  20. ash

    ash Inittogether

    "here here old chap". I am finding myself instructing in the art of tea making:
    Can you Brew the tea before you put the milk in. I am sure that I am seen as impausable or a bit eccentric. Do you like your tea strong? No I just like a bit of tea in the milky water!!
  21. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    How come there aren't any windows ? :confused: I thought people would love to pear out and watch the junction hussle.
  22. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

  23. Onket

    Onket Gertcha

    Nipped in yesterday to see what the interior was like.

    Looks like a McDonalds, basically. Nothing particularly wrong with that, I spose, but it's not the most comfortable or relaxing of environments.
  24. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    I might give it a go later on today or tomorrow.
  25. paolo

    paolo Member You're a Womble

    That's odd. I'd have expected it to look like a Costa Coffee. ;)
  26. paolo

    paolo Member You're a Womble

    This has been covered above. Please return to the thread when you have put in the correct level of effort.
  27. Onket

    Onket Gertcha

    It's all the same ikeatastic brightness and shapes these days, isn't it.
  28. paolo

    paolo Member You're a Womble

    I thought Costas were all browniness. :confused:

    I must pop in and have a look.
  29. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Someone could go really mental and ask the manager if they know why the frontage is the frontage...

    Seemed pretty bog standard inside. The back bit was quiet.
  30. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    The inside is bog standard:
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    but don't dispair, they have a copy of the Daily Mail you can read while you drink your coffee.



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