Last night saw the official launch of London’s first Nespresso boutique in the heart of, currently, the wettest city in the world. Despite the pouring rain and autumnal temperature, Nespresso Club Members filled the Swiss-designed interior to enjoy good-looking (and tasting) Nespresso Martinis and Grand Cru-inspired canapés from Michelin-star chef, Phil Howard (the puddings were heaven). The shop offers all the things a good shop should offer AND more. Bright and airy, this boutique is not only the best designed retail space I’ve seen in a long time but also the most beautiful; from the contrasting tiled floor areas, to up-lit dark wood-panelled walls, to bright pops of pink shelving, this ‘shop’ feels like a posh cocktail bar, a beauty parlour and retailer all-in-one. Their entire range is on view and I don’t mean just the machines: entire walls of Grand Crus, machines, chocolatey/ biscuity treats and all the accessories you could possible want, or need, from which to drink your coffee from. There is, of course, a tasting bar with a trained barista to aid and assist you as you taste your way around the world. A huge section dedicated to recycling your pods, a Club Member area for all your Club Member needs (be sure to check out the beautiful Rococo-style embossed porcelain pendant lights), and seating should you become overwhelmed with the sheer indulgence of the experience. Even if you don’t like shopping or even coffee (really? I don’t believe you), you ought to go and have a look. Watch out London, the standards have been set and they are HIGH.