Monocle, the global affairs magazine and media brand founded by Tyler Brûlé, will open its first London café at 18 Chiltern Street, Marylebone in early April. The 15-seater café follows the success of the Monocle café in Tokyo, which opened in October 2011 in the Hankyu Men’s department stores.
The Monocle Café will serve a selection of snacks, with an emphasis on freshly roasted coffee from the New Zealand-Australian team at Allpress Espresso. Dishes will include Swiss-inspired bircher muesli, a hearty Monocle toasty and a Midori salad - available to eat in and takeaway. Enlisting the skills of Japanese chef, Masayuki Hara (formerly of Le Gavroche), the Monocle Café will also have macarons, green-tea roll-cake and strawberry gateau from Hara’s shop, Lanka.
For those of you who are familiar with Tyler Brûlé and Monocle, it will come as no surprise that the décor is distinctly ‘Monocle’ with influences from Japan and Scandinavia - all the café’s design and construction have been overseen by Monocle’s in-house design team, led by Yoshitsugu Takagi, who worked with Edo Design & Construction.
"We wanted to create a relaxed space for a morning coffee meeting, a lengthy weekend lunch with the papers, and a glass of prosecco after work too," says Monocle editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé.
Open seven days a week, the Monocle Café joins the Monocle Shop, the Monocle Lobby Shop and Monocle’s London HQ in Marylebone. They're not the only people to find this part of London attractive. As well as Monocle café, Andre Balazs is opening a hotel in the old fire station on Chiltern Street.
The Monocle Café opens April 15 at 18 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QA. Reservations for the basement floor only - call 020 7725 4388 to book. Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm Sat: 8am - 4pm Sun: 9am - 3pm