Tap Coffee London

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My love for London grows with in each day. Its so nice and chill in the early morning, yet everything comes alive somewhere after 11am. For the past few days, I got a bit sick of the hotel's breakfast (you can't blame me, its been quite a while..), so I started looking for cafes that I can enjoy a good cup of hot tea with a brownie. Sitting quietly out there, and see the city to transform from something calm to the busy London we all know. This is the most wonderful thing about morning cafe visits. 

來到倫敦要滿一個月了,逐漸開始「認真」覓食中,有些口袋名單,有些地雷(笑)兩個多星期前,還沒找到房子所以沒辦法自己下廚,對於旅館原本附設的早餐有點吃膩了,上網搜尋了一下,發現了這家 Tap Coffee 193 評價似乎不錯,決定來試試。藉由這次的機會,發現了不一樣的倫敦,或許很難相信,但我找到了寧靜的倫敦。

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I spent a brief morning in Tap Coffee No.193 the other day, and I'm so happy to have found such a cool place. The wooden table and chairs are so cozy and stylish, and I just love digging into that pastry collection. I can't wait to visit again, and try out the yoghurt & sandwiches , they look pretty attempting as well! I made it my goal in London to explore something new in the city each day, and of course, I want to share it with you here. I hope you'll enjoy my journey as much as I do. 

Tap Coffee 193 的店員並不是特別周到,反而有些冷淡,習慣了亞洲的服務業模式,剛進來的時候還有些不習慣。不過坐著坐著,我倒也體會了這家小咖啡廳的魅力;在歐洲,這樣巷弄中的咖啡很多,但許多桌子與桌子間的距離都有些近,少了那麼一點點屬於自己的隱私。在 Tap Coffee 193,「個人空間」拿捏得非常好,而且來到這裡的客人,也幾乎都是一個人,在前台點完餐後,挑個自己喜歡的位子,看著早報,等餐點上。在這裏,不太會有聊天的聲音,但打字和翻書的聲音倒是不少。待上了一個多小時,發現店外的人越來越多,原先閒暇的街道逐漸變得繁忙。這個早晨,我目睹了倫敦從閒暇慢慢轉變成我們熟知的喧鬧。手握熱飲,挖了一口剛出爐的布朗尼,眼前是一個城市有趣的轉變。我想,以後應該都會養成早上待咖啡廳的習慣吧,這樣的景象,我應該看不膩。

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I enrolled in my course this morning, and I'm so excited that my class is finally starting next week. When I decided to come to London, I wasn't sure if I made the right choice, starting over again can be pretty stressful. I wasn't sure if I'm ready for such a big city, and not to mention the competitiveness in the creative field. But as I started settling things since, I'm glad I took the challenge. And the excitement is taking over the fear, I'm not afraid anymore!

其實一開始不太確定倫敦這個選擇對不對,懷疑這麼快速的城市到底適不適合自己,還有在如此高競爭的環境下,我到底能不能生存。這次倫敦落腳和之前在五年前抵達墨爾本的時候很不一樣,當時有朋友在,替我一一規劃好,說穿了我只要人到就好。這次,從找房、簽證、銀行開戶等等的大小事宜,都要自己去摸索;雖然說並算太難,但心裡一條條的代辦事項,不免會有些緊張,深怕那個環節出錯,後續會跟著搞砸。但隨著事情一件件開始完成,開學的日期也逐漸逼近,心中的不確定感反而化為一種興奮,像是孩子般,等不及打開糖果罐,要嚐嚐裏頭的味道,是甜還是酸。噢倫敦,我準備好了,妳儘管出題吧!

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Tap Coffee No.193

No. 193 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZF

(There's also No.26 & 114 located elsewhere, check it out too!)