For those of us who crave a moment’s peace and a coffee in the morning — or at any time of a weekday — I think I might have found the perfect place…
I found Host Café and St Mary Aldermary church a couple of weeks ago. I was unable to get out and explore at the weekend, so I got on a train into London at 6.45am to go and explore on a Monday morning instead.
Here’s how I got on…
The café is situated at one end of the church, which is not only a great use of the space but also gives you a great view of the magnificent church ceiling from your breakfast table.
Sitting in this wonderful space for an hour before work gave me the energy and motivation I needed to start another week.
There are also two huge stained glass windows at either end of the church, and a little part of history to see in every corner — from memorial plaques to parts of the church itself.
St Mary Aldermary church is just across the road from Mansion House station and the café opens at 7.15am, which made it a perfect stop for breakfast before work on an otherwise hectic morning.
If you want another excuse to visit, they hold lunchtime or evening meditation sessions three times a week.
Host Café and St Mary Aldermary church: the essentials
Address: Watling Street, London EC4M 9BW
Opening times: 7.30am-4.45pm Monday-Friday (until 4.30pm on Mondays and Fridays)
Nearest Tube: Mansion House
More information: Visit the café website