Well, let me take you back. Although I won't have to take you back very far, as the whole Cybercafe thing evolved just a decade or so ago with the opening of Cyberia in the area known as 'Fitzrovia' near Goodge Street tube.
Cyberia was started by Gene Teare and Eva Pascoe, two ambitious women, who wanted to create a relaxed environment of good coffee and internet consoles. Their concept was simple, and despite early teething problems, (the cafe was initially aimed at attracting women to the web, a worthy goal which is still part of the ongoing philosophy) the cafe was opened to men and women alike, and so the media circus began. A tie up with Easynet who were based in the offices above ensured that the cafe received a high standard of Internet service and benefited from each technological advancement.
After Cyberia had proven itself, so the worldwide onslaught began, with cafes springing up in every possible location. Cyberia, not one to miss out on the fun, made franchises available, and the empire grew. The installation of a Cyberia in the Pompidou centre in Paris was the first stage of their European domination.
London is brimming with cafes, a list of which appears below. Each cafe has it's own style and attitude. They vary wildly in service and quality, an issue which you will see addressed on these pages in the near future. Cybercafe owners - beware - London Online is on the prowl, and will be reviewing you soon! Get the Gaggia fixed, and kick out the DOOMers!
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