Tinderbox at Angel is one of my go-to work sites in London.
Plugs – yes, Wifi – yes, Late opening (surprisingly tricky to find in London, and in my opinion significantly contributes to the ubiquity of Starbucks/Costa) – yes. Some Glasgow heritage to make you go a bit misty eyed? yes.
And will you be left alone for hours and hours with your single expresso? All yes.
It doesn’t feel as edgy as it once did, but the decor (not well reflected above!!) is both playful (those cones on the ceiling are lights in the shape of coffee cups) and cool (reclaimed leather airline seats at the side of an enormous glass window, cozy booths like you read about in american novels).
Londoners can appreciate this, and as such, it’s usually packed – even with the opening of The Coffee Works Project across the road. This self consciously cool contender (orders are taken on iPads – I’m not sure this is necessary) is expensive… and certainly less tolerant of the ‘one expresso afternoon’.
I did this drawing one Sunday afternoon at the cafe with one of my flatmates, subsequently started to add some colour with a limited range of pens in Glasgow, and without those available pens, attacked it again here with some sludgy watercolour. I’m not terribly happy with how the colour has gone – but it all gets published!