Okay, I have a really exciting announcement for everyone (or, maybe it’s just for me): I have officially made it my goal to try out a new cafe every single week while I’m in London, and I have started with The Conran Shop.
This stylish, three-floor design shop is located on Marylbone High Street in the cute Marylbone Village in London. So yes, it’s not just a cafe; it’s an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of shop that also has a kitchen (to be expected). This cafe’s super attractive personality definitely worked it’s magic on me…
The Conran Kitchen, within the The Conran Shop, boasts your typical (British) cafe menu, consisting of latte, macchiato, flat white, cappuccino, Americano, etc. I went for the flat white with soy milk.
I’m still adjusting to the smaller sizes that come with authentic British cafes. Back home, I’m used to my coffee (which is typically iced) lasting for 30 minutes. Here, it lasts for about 10. Kinda sad.
Nontheless, this flat white was warm and frothy, just the way I like it, with a solid layer of soy-flavored foam on the top. Yet, it was 2 GBP, meaning I wish I got a little more for my money, which translated into roughly $3.50.
But, if a nice, warm cup of coffee isn’t enough, you can pick a book off the shelf to pair with your coffee. As you can tell from a previous picture, I paired by coffee with Berlin Street Style by Angelika Taschen. What a great read.
Next to the tables in the cafe lie about three tables brimming over with perfectly-placed cookbooks and european novelty foods like these French chocolates and truffles.
The cafe also serves food. Its menu boasts traditional cafe foods like platters, sandwiches and salads. When I was in the cafe, two patrons had a platter of some kind–guessing that item might be one of the cafe’s most popular.
All and all, I was very pleased with The Conran Kitchen within The Conran Shop. The atmosphere was extremely well-curated from the colors of the room, to the swanky music playing in the background. This cafe had a personality unlike few I have seen before.
Furthermore, it had a decent amount of seating space, making it a great place for one to pop into at anytime. Adding to its appeal was a quaint, lush square across the street, almost removing The Conran Shop from its bustling city environment, and placing it within a village more authentic than the one it supposedly belongs to.
I was very pleased.