Yes, it is inside this historical church at Watling Street in London where you will find the Host Cafe. And it isn’t just a place to relax and hang out, they actually serve really good coffee.
Why a coffee shop in a church?
The Host Cafe is an independent cafe by the Moot community to open up the church, to the public and make use of the space. Saint Mary Aldermary is a Guild church in the heart of London. The building is one of the oldest churches in the city dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was seriously affected by the Great Fire of London in 1668 and was rebuilt in the late seventeenth century, during the Gothic of English architecture period. The legacy of Christopher Wren remains in the fan-vaulted ceilings and intricate detailing. There are also depictions of relevant christian figures and events in the glass works.
Coffee beans from local providers
The Host Cafe has been steadily growing since its opening. The reputation of the cafe improved with the uptake of David Frere as manager. During a time period of two years the cafe increased its food and drink menu: interacting with local providers and investing in quality products as well as great customer service. Results have shown that the steps were in the right direction and soon after Host became a member of the London Coffee Guide.
Soups, cakes and vegetarian options
Currently Host Cafe keeps growing with ambitions of introducing a bigger variety in food by adding a menu of freshly made sandwiches to the current offer of soup and vegetarian pates, an open menu of drinks with seasonal choices in coffee and cold drinks.
Photo credits: Host Cafe London