The Host Cafe at St Mary Aldermary Church

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Things to do


Date of travel

January, 2020

Product name

The Host Cafe at St Mary Aldermary Church

Product country

Watling St

Product city

Watling St

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Reasons for trip

I found this place in an article about London’s quirkiest coffee shops. The café is located in The Guild Church of Saint Mary Aldermary. Benedictine monks from Christchurch Canterbury Priory are thought to have founded it over 900 years ago. The church was one of many which suffered significant damage during the Great Fire of London in 1668 and so Christopher Wren rebuilt the church in the late 17th century in a gothic style. Since 2011 the Moot community, a new monastic community, run the church and have also developed the Host café.
Sadly I was delayed on my incoming journey and was too late to enjoy a cup of coffee whilst admiring the columns and interior of the church. I was invited in to have a look around the church though. The coffee is said to be provided by local roasters, Mission Coffee Works. Cakes breads and organic soup are also available. All things I’ll enjoy next time I’m in the area.

Steve Aldridge

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