In the morning
When once we only saw 9am on the wrong side of a night out, now the promise of fluffy pancakes, Eggs Royale and flat whites somehow keeps us all in line. Oh, and a chorizo hash brown for when it all goes horribly wrong.
May 18th - 24th
LONDON WINE WEEK
It’s the second year of London Wine Week and we’re delighted to be on the list with a flight with a mission.
Three styles of New Zealand wines from Mission estate winery; a floral Gerwurztraminer, a textured fruity Sauvignon Blanc and a rich, dark fruit Merlot.
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SAVAGE BEAUTY: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Once in a while the world conjures up a human being who drips with creativity and imagination – Alexander McQueen was one of them.
Savage beauty is the celebration of his extraordinary talent and is the biggest retrospective of his work to be presented in Europe.
Talks scattered throughout the duration of the exhibition from it’s curator Claire Wilcox, Mrs Joan Burstein CBE (founder of Browns) and super model Erin O’Conner.
I SEE YOU SEE
Pete Hawkins likes to paint on salvaged furniture from around the world. Don’t worry, this isn’t yummy-mummy Farrow and Ball upcycling – far from it.
The pieces of furniture Hawkins choses are evocative vessels that carry his traditional paintings. It’s reflective but playful.
In this intimate exhibition called ‘I See You See’, he explores how we perceive and engage with the world around us – focussing on that moment of being between reality and imagination.
What we're listening to
It’s that time of the year – you’re forced to listen to your parents, hairdresser and strangers on the bus talk about spring cleaning, when you can’t even remember the last time you made your bed.
We have a better idea: forget about physical dust, and instead blow off the virtual soot from your aging online music collection. Let something new into your ears.
We’ve made you a playlist called Spring Clean – it’s the best new undiscovered music we’ve come across recently.
Less is more? Or more is more? A philosophical dilemma that plagues many style-related decisions.
Take inspiration from London based style photographer and video maker Charlotte Rutherford – who readily admits she learned to take photographs by doing Myspace bathroom selfies.
Start with a semi naked man or woman, add some baby lotion, a tiny dog, emoji, lots of sparkle/shine and killer clothes and there you have it, her signature explosive and enjoyable colour assault on the eyes.
Somewhere between hunting lodge and horsebox, our private dining room is tantamount to a country escape. Secluded from hubbub of the Cafe but for a couple of grazing horses, the space seats up to 14 for meetings, meals, parties and whatever you might not like to share with everyone else.
SIX LOVELY PEOPLE
The Institute of Contemporary Arts currently hosts Fig-2, a gallery running 50 exhibitions over 50 weeks.
This week it’s number 10: Annika Ström’s ’Six Lovely People’.
Known for her performances that centre on behaviourial science, Ström uses Fig-2 as a space for encounter, where six performers will act the parts of ’Six lovely people’.
Who knows what will happen – but certainly expect a lot of optimism, glee, smiles, and positivity.
At the sharing table
WHO DID YOU MEET?
Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby. We hear it still happens up North.
We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table. Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.
Meet Nicolai Sclater, a sign writer once based in Hackney, now living in LA, who’s known better around the world as Ornamental Conifer.
When we say around the world, we mean it. His instantly identifiable typography and doodles are etched and emblazoned on to almost everything in all four corners of the planet. Leather jackets, motorcycle helmets and tanks, shop fronts, country houses, glass bottles, skateboards, tshirts, vans and in his self-made zines.
He’s hot property and almost completely inimitable. Check out his designs and then piece together the rest for yourself as you spot them around London.
DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT
Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies. Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf. Macaroons. Meringues. Depends how they’re feeling. But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.
M-F: 7.30am to 12pm
S-S: 9am to 11.30am
S-S: 11.30am to 4pm
M-F: 12pm to 3.30pm
S-S: 12pm to 4pm
M-S: 6pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm
All day menu available throughout the afternoon.