Red Carpet doesn't usually feature café news but the opening of the Monocle Café in London’s Marylebone  is worth a highlight. It follows the Monocle magazine’s successful Tokyo café launch in 2011. Abigail Parkin (18 Apr ’13)

The London café is located at 18 Chiltern Street and takes its style cue from the Monocle Café in Tokyo in the Hankyu Men’s department store in Chiyoda-ku. The aim of the opening is to “offer a unique experience for Monocle’s subscribers, readers and coffee-loving visitors.”

With capacity for around 15 guests over a ground and lower-ground floor visitors can relax, work or read on high stools at the bar and slip into the outdoor seating when it’s warm.

Tasty snacks and freshly roasted coffee from the New Zealand-Australian team at Allpress Espresso in Shoreditch are on offer. Dishes include Swiss-inspired bircher muesli, a hearty Monocle toasty and a Midori salad made from seasonal ingredients – available to eat in and takeaway.

Japanese chef, Masayuki Hara (formerly of Le Gavroche) brings macarons, green-tea roll-cake and strawberry gateau from Hara’s shop, Lanka.

As one might expect from this fastidious brand all aspects of 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 to turn the two-floor empty shell into Monocle’s ideal café in less than three months.

The result features a striking custom-made red oak counter, Ebolicht pendant lights from Manufactum, bar stools by Australian brand One/Third and magazine racks displaying current and back issues of Monocle for guests.

The downstairs space, available for subscribers to hire privately, uses tables from nearby Century, vintage Ercol chairs, plus an Epson projector and screen for work presentations, screenings or a spot of karaoke. A sofa and ottomans from Truck in Osaka are positioned near an ISDN line for live broadcasts on Monocle’s 24-hour radio station, Monocle 24.

“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, the Monocle Café joins the Monocle Shop, the Monocle Lobby Shop and Monocle’s London HQ in Marylebone. Globally, Monocle has shops in New York, Hong Kong, Toronto and the Monocle Café in Tokyo.


The Monocle Café

T: 020 7725 4388
Reservations: available for subscribers for the basement floor, only.

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 07.00 - 16.00, Sat: 08.00 - 16.00, Sun: 09.00 - 15.00

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