No matter how late I get in the night before, all I need is a cup off coffee to put me to rights the next day. One such late night/early morning (whichever way you look at it) we all ended up back at N and D's house. They were then living in Shepherds Bush at the time and they didn't have much in the way of a good coffee - N's not a big hot drinks drinker - so C and I went in search of good coffee along Goldhawk Road.
This is where we came across Zippy's Diner. Love this place, walls covered in menus, photographs of the owner & selected 'famous' people and mirrors with small lamps at intervals down each wall, giving it a real cozy and well loved atmosphere.
C and I sat in one of the little plastic red booths which ran down each side of the long room whilst we waited for the owner's wife to make our drinks as she chatted to one customer who was propping up the laminated wooden bar. It didn't look like the decor had changed for the last 20-30 years, but that didn't matter.
The coffee was good even if it did come in a polystyrene takeaway cup, but I can forgive that when it was such a comfort to sit in one of Zippy's booths. It's only a shame that N and D no longer live in the area, I have no excuse to go back there.