The new branch of Costa by the canal
Published: 2 May, 2014
By TOM FOOT
COSTA Coffee has opened its fourth branch in Camden Town with a new store opening up onto the canal.
The chain already operates shops in Camden High Street, Chalk Farm Road and next to Mornington Crescent, but this week began serving lattes and Americanos at a new branch in Camden Road as well.
Rival chains Caffe Nero, Starbucks and Pret A Manger also have two stores in Camden Town.
The new Costa opens out onto the Regent’s Canal, which is officially described by the Canal and River Trust as “a peaceful haven” and an “unique” unspoilt getaway from the hustle and bustle of London life.
It is in the basement of an “aspirational apartments” housing block with a special entrance onto the canal.
Anthony Richardson, who chairs the Regent’s Canal Conservatory Committee, said: “Regrettably, there are a number of schemes along the canal which allow commercial and retail openings onto the towpath. These, together with the very large increase in moorings, is transforming the path into an over-crowded route. Our committee has consistently opposed these but the planning authority is unable or unwilling to control them.”
Camden Council ignored 200 letters of objection to the eight-storey development at Twyman House, a former office of Hodge Jones and Allen solicitors, which was demolished in 2012. Camden Town Unlimited, the business group, was very much in favour of the scheme.
A Costa Coffee spokeswoman “Our Camden Road shop will be run by one of our trusted franchise partners, a local business person who invests their own money into the store – just as independent café owners do.”
A Canal and River Trust spokeswoman said they had spoken to Costa about “litter issues” at Camden Road and added that they had no commercial agreement with the chain.