Once a humble little cafe that prided itself on fast, fresh food Speedy’s has really been put on the map thanks to its location. Right next door to BBC Sherlock’s faux 221B Baker Street it’s become a must visit location for Sherlockians from across the world. So when my friend Jemma wanted somewhere to go for breakfast the morning after we saw The Hothouse there really was no other choice. Just two minutes from Euston Square underground station it’s very convenient for those arriving or leaving London from Euston and it’s impossible not to spot this little gem of a cafe regardless of which end of the street you enter from thanks to the unmistakable maroon coloured canopy recognisable from the show.
Inside Speedy’s is very much just like any other cafe with the exception of the photos and artwork showing off their links with the BAFTA winning show. It’s small inside maybe ten tables if that and constantly busy. It’s worth noting that Speedy’s open early to catch the breakfast crowd and to compensate this they close early in the day (3:30pm weekdays, 1:30pm Saturday and closed completely on Sundays) so be sure to bear this in mind while planning your visit.
The menu itself is nothing out of the ordinary with a selection of hot breakfast delights, sandwiches and wraps as well as hot home cooked meals. The exception of course being the fan pleasing Sherlock (chicken and bacon with cheddar cheese, lettuce, onions, red peppers and cucumber accompanied with chilli sauce) and Watson (roasted vegetables with spinach, brie cheese, sour cream and spring onion) wraps. I was however surprised to see neither of these on the main menu but instead advertised on A4 sheets of paper behind the counter.
However we were there for brekkie and I settled on the full english substituting the beans (work of the devil) for mushrooms and a cup of tea. It was delicious, just what I wanted and great value for money – I don’t know anywhere else in London where you can get a cuppa for just 85p! I really enjoyed everything about it but especially the atmosphere of being in such an iconic place. I definitely want to go back and try either the Sherlock or Watson wrap, hell I might even try both!
187 North Gower Street