Founded by Benedictine monks 900 years ago and rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary is now home to the Host Cafe. We were commissioned by Moot, a new-monastic community based at the church, to deliver a suite of bespoke works and freestanding furniture for their new enterprise, a cafe within a church that would function as a hub for the local community, a space for quiet contemplation and a welcome retreat from daily hustle and bustle of London life.
The Host Cafe is situated at the rear of the church as you enter through the main doors and commands spectacular views of the splendid fan-vaulted ceiling and Gothic interior. Destined to be a long-term feature at St Mary Aldermary, Moot’s key brief was that the quality and craftsmanship of the project should be of a standard equal to Wren’s interior architecture whilst also reflecting their contemporary outlook on faith and spirituality.
- Solid-and-veneered Oak, powder coated steel, stainless steel worktops
- Coffee bar and service station, food preparation and storage area, hand finished benches, coffee-and-dining tables
- Client: Moot
- Design: David Harris