The Canary Wharf site features a pared down menu and an early order point to speed up sales.
Busy customers can even select and pay for their drinks in advance using the Starbucks app.
“We recognize some of our customers, especially busy commuters in Canary Wharf, are moving at a fast pace and [need] efficient, high-quality service whatever the time of day,” said Rhys Iley, vice president of operations, Starbucks Europe, Middle East & Africa.
“We’re excited to bring this unique store format to the UK, the first time for Starbucks outside of the U.S. and Canada.”
The streamlined menu focuses on brewed coffee, espressos and popular food items such as breakfast sandwiches and is displayed on digital menu boards that rotate throughout the day.
The London launch marks the European debut of the express format following successful openings in New York, Toronto and Chicago.
“The new express format is the latest in our evolving store portfolio, which aims to meet the needs of our customers while keeping our baristas at the heart of the customer experience,” said Iley.
Starbucks is also set to launch its Teavana brand in the UK this summer with a range of shaken iced teas.