Monocle continue their brand extensions with their first London café, opening on Chiltern Street in Marylebone, next Monday. Housed in a long 18th century terraced shopping block, the two-floor café will seat approximately 15 guests with a warm wooden interior was conceived by renowned designer Yoshitsugu Takagi in collaboration with the Monocle team. Allpress Espresso will be providing the coffee, while food will run off a seasonal menu from Japanese chef, Masayuki Hara (formerly of Le Gavroche), including macarons, green-tea roll-cake plus Swiss-inspired bircher muesli, a hearty Monocle toasty and a Midori salad. The ground floor boasts a striking custom-made red oak counter, Ebolicht pendant lights from Manufactum, bar stools by Australian brand One/Third, with magazine racks dotted about with current and back issues of Monocle for guests to read. Though more interestingly the downstairs space is actually available for private hire to subscribers only, packed out with vintage Ercol chairs, tables from a local manufacturer and a projector for presentations.
The Monocle Café opens April 15th at 18 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QA