Giacomo and Battista Monico brought a side-street café to London’s West End 140 years ago and left their enchanting mark on the city. Established in 1877, it survived the demolishing of 1885 when the majority of the neighborhood was wiped out for the construction of Shaftesbury Avenue. Instead, the brothers expanded their space and continued to wow customers for another generation before finally getting taken over by the expansion of Piccadilly Circus in the 1950s.

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Now located on Shafstbury Avenue (just around the corner from the original), the resurrected Cafe Monico Serves French-Italian dishes from breakfast to dinner, seven days a week (open Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – midnight, Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sat: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday and Public Holidays: 11 a.m. – midnight). Holding onto the café’s heritage, you will find the menu to explore meals with shellfish, pastas, salumi, grilled meats and fish in a traditional brasserie setting. And don’t forget the drinks! Between the large selection of vermouths, traditional aperitifs and classic cocktails, there is bound to be something for everyone. Soho House and chef Rowley Leigh put in clear effort to keep everything as authentic as possible from the menu to the vintage décor and a central bar. Make a reservation today by calling 0203 727 6161 or just stop by whether for a date, a lovely breakfast or a simple lunch.

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