The garage exterior of Hurwundeki
Cafe and a salon
Hurwundeki, a cafe in Bethnal Green, instantly sparked my curiosity when wandering around the area. Surprisingly situated between car repair garages and discount furniture outlets, the cafe is like a hidden gem in an otherwise lifeless road.
Just like its mixed-matched location, the cafe also sells vintage clothing, is part hair salon, specialises in Korean food, and has an array of what looks like a children’s junkyard playground outside, complete with toy horses and a Cinderella inspired pumpkin coach.
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Tapped & Packed is a chain of coffee houses in Fitzrovia, on Tottenham Court Road and on Rathbone Place. They believe in good coffee and simplicity of design, which is why you could easily walk past this coffee house on Tottenham Court Road without really knowing what it is. The only signs are the one above the door, a bike that says “coffee”, and the number on the shop. In fact, I only found out the name of the coffee house myself through a friend!
A short walk for Bloomsbury based students, Tapped & Packed serve the usual types of coffee: latte, mocha and flat white, but they also serve affogato which is vanilla ice cream with a double shot of espresso. They also make various tasty looking homemade cakes, including a very risen looking victoria sponge today!
Those who know me or follow me on twitter know that I love to talk about something called a ‘Camden Special’. I’m always pining after and dreaming of it. Any outsider who has been to Camden or knows of its reputation may think that I’m talking about some kind of 3 for 2 deal on skull tattoos, Dr. Martens and nipple piercings at Camden Market. But sadly no, that is definitely not what I am talking about. The Camden Special is a flavoured latte that a coffee shop on Camden Road called the ‘Camden Coffee House’ specialises in.