Costa Coffee shop front in a suburban High Street - Stock image
Cafe, City Street, Coffee Shop, Diner, England
Beckenham, England - May 8, 2011: Sunday morning at a branch of the Costa Coffee chain of coffee shops, in Beckenham, Kent (South East London). Costa Coffee was set up in 1971 in Lambeth, South London, by brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa, who supplied caterers and coffee shops from their coffee roastery. They expanded into retailing in 1978, opening their first shop in Vauxhall: the company (now owned by Whitbread) has around 1175 outlets in the UK.