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Monocle Café

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Marylebone
3 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
Monocle Café

Time Out says

This little Marylebone café is a spin-off from Monocle magazine, the showcase of design consultant and publisher Tyler Brûlé (the founder of Wallpaper*).

For such a high-profile backer and brand, the café is remarkably modest. It’s a pitstop where you can have espresso in the standard variations, such as latte or cappuccino. There is none of the gadgetry, choice of beans or roasts that you’ll find in the more dedicated, new-wave coffee bars. In this case, lack of choice was no loss: it was a richly flavoured Allpress blended roast.

Better than the perfectly decent coffee were the excellent pastries from Stockholm’s Fabrique bakery (which now has a branch in Haggerston). You won’t find better Swedish-style cinnamon rolls in London. The beautifully presented cakes are by Lanka, a London-based Japanese-run patisserie which successfully fuses French baking with Japanese flavours such as green tea.

In appearance the café looks like a cross between a sushi bar and a Swedish sauna with its artfully crafted wooden counter, classic mugs and tiny airline-style trays. Copies of Winkreative’s (Brûlé’s ad agency) portfolio are scattered around, the mugs are for sale and even the chocolates are monogrammed with the Monocle logo. The basement area is set aside for Monocle subscribers.

If you’re a Monocle fan you’ll love this well-styled product and the feeling of being in with the in-crowd. Even if you’re not a fan, the bought-in cakes and pastries are good – enough to make you not mind that you’re being used as a marketing opportunity.



Address: 18 Chiltern Street
Transport: Tube: Marylebone
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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A small but sweet café in Marylebone, away from the hustle of the high street. I’ve dropped by for a coffee a few times and it’s just luck if a table is free or if the weather is nice enough for you to perch outside. I find it hard to pick the café as a certain meeting point with friends due to the size, so instead use it as a takeaway coffee joint when I’m in the area. The décor is minimalist and quality of food and drink good, would be great if it was a bit bigger but it’s what it is and I’ll take it for just that.


It's a nice atmosphere but very small. It's biggest issue is that it needs a process for people waiting for tables (a simple sign up list). The waitress at the counter suggested we 'fight' for a table (I thought this was a joke), while one of the waiters mentioned we could wait at a corner table and sit once a table came free. Some other random person cut in front of us when a table came free and with no waiting list, no one knew who arrived first. We gave up at this point.

It's rule 1001 of any decent cafe/restaurant, especially when there's no place to 'line' up either. Seriously.


Small cosy cafe in Marylebone area. Not in the high street, thus you will have to do a small search to find it. There is some extra seating downstairs. Excellent quality of coffee and of course you are in the source of one of the most hister magazines; The Monocle.


Great little hangout if you want some Monocle reading to accompany your coffee. There is a cosy area round the back where I recommend sitting. It is really quite small, and not many tables available though.

Do not confuse this with the Monocle shop that is nearly (on George Street) that is equally small but does not serve coffee. 


I love this laid-back Japanese style Cafe across from the glitz of Chiltern Firehouse. They serve delicious Lanka pastries like matcha roll cake and good coffee. They even have a Japanese toilet! 

I love popping in here to catch up on some mind stimulating reading and to grab a coffee at one of the outside tables. Yes my coffee order is usually wrong too but I've always found the staff more than helpful. 

Decked out in a minimalist Scandi-Japanese style, this is a really calm cafe where the speaking volume rarely exceeds whispering level.

I ordered a cinnamon bun and a flat white (the staff had forgotten about my coffee order and I wasn't the only one that that happened to). The bun is very much a Sweedish style cinnamon bun in that it is loaded with as much cardamom as cinnamon. A little tough around the edges but the inside is cushiony soft. The coffee here is not the best but it does the job. Come here if you're looking to get some quiet time.

Worst cafe in London. Terrible service, unwelcome staff, and the rudest manager I have ever met in a cafe. Wouldn't even give them a 1 star!

Really nice clean feel - hope it does not go pretentious - would be really nice to have later opening times up to say 8 or 9 pm even - especially weekends after a good shop or stroll around town. Recommend this one for a good coffee, pastry and chat.

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