London Reserve Bar – Upper St. Martins Lane Starbucks.
Some people are definitely using the “Submit a pic or a tip” button on this blog. I appreciate that! I get a lot of entries though that I can’t do anything with. There’s no email address requirement on the “submit a pic or tip” button and a few people write to me as if I’m customer service.
In the midst of the entries, I received these fabulous photos of the Upper St. Martins Lane Starbucks, which is a flagship store for the UK, and the first true Reserve Bar for the UK. You can follow the store here on Twitter.
Thank you to reader and Twitter user James Brown for these gorgeous, high resolution photos:
Hey! Beautiful pics, thanks to my lovely customer! I’m working in that store, let me know if you need any pics or information! Looooove my Reserve bar *.*
Love this! When I was there in May, I believe it wasn’t opened yet. So very excited to go visit family and visit this beauty of a store! Part of me wishes Starbucks needed to relocate some partners to help open up more and I was picked!
“Clover report”, lol. I Just got to London with the band I tour with and went to my usual Clover spot – the “regular” Starbucks on St. Martin’s Lane. Funny that the Upper St Martin’s reserve bar is NOT shown when I access starbucks.com’s store locator page. I’ll be visiting it tomorrow as it’s closer to my hotel than the (lower) St. Martin’s Lane sbux I went to today. Lucky me – there are only five regular Starbucks with Clover machines in all of London (compare this with Manhattan!). So now I guess there are six.
Two things I notice about getting a Clover here in the UK versus America. First, no half & half! They only have “skim” and “semi-skim” milk (which I assume is 2% milk to us Americans). I’m sure I could ask for cream but this is what’s out on the bar. The other thing is that they would NOT make me a Clover with “regular” (i.e., core) coffee beans like they do in the USA. I’m not sure if this is official policy here, or maybe nobody has ever asked for one? I usually get the Guatemala Antigua core blend, saves me a few pennies and tastes great made in the Clover. Not over here, I guess.
Looks like I was wrong about the Upper St Martin’s Lane reserve bar not being shown on starbucks.com’s locator page. It’s there – but there is nothing to suggest that it’s a reserve bar. Under “amenities”, only four things are listed – that’s less than most regular Starbucks stores. Just “oven warmed food”, “digital rewards”, “mobile order & pay”, and “nitro cold brew.” This reserve bar also has whole milk on the counter, unlike the one on lower St Martin’s Lane which only had skim and “semi” skim.
It’s definitely a nice store. Encased in what looks like 20-foot tall glass, with outdoor seating facing a tiny island at the intersection of several back streets (with a single tree in the middle!), directly across from the St. Martin’s Theatre. This is also the first Starbucks I’ve been to with large flat panel displays and wireless phone charging.
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This store looks quite charming. I notice that the partner uniform looks different than here in the USA.