Monocle opened the doors to their first London café.
“Following the success of our first café in Hankyu Men’s Tokyo, which opened in late 2011, we’ve been on the hunt for a suitable spot near our London HQ to open a sibling. We didn’t have to look far. As luck would have it a vacancy appeared at 18 Chiltern Street, a few doors down from Trunk, a 90-second dash from Midori House and four minutes from our shop on George Street.
Just months later, aprons tied, we’re ready to start serving. That it’s happened so quickly is thanks to our indomitable in-house design team, overseen by Yoshitsugu Takagi, who worked with Edo Design and Construction to turn the two-floor empty shell into our dream café. It’s a place for a morning coffee meeting, a lengthy weekend lunch with the papers and a glass of prosecco after work. There’s more too. We’ll be broadcasting live on Monocle 24 from the café. Downstairs is available for subscribers to hire for client gatherings and team pow-wows.
We’ve installed a short throw projector from Epson and screen for presentations (and perhaps a spot of after-hours karaoke). There’s wi-fi for subscribers, a Monocle 24 soundtrack and back issues of the magazine and our preferred titles. Food is fresh and hearty, our Lanka cakes are dangerously light and the coffee is of the best quality thanks to Allpress, our New Zealand suppliers. Our service is smart, with a smile and perhaps the odd wink too. Pop down and pull up a pew.”
The Monocle Café / 18 Chiltern Street, W1U 7QA / London / UK Open Mon-Fri: 07.00 – 16.00; Sat: 08.00 – 16.00; Sun: 09.00 – 15.00