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34 great queen street, london WC2B 5AA


+44 [0]207 242 2580






24 may 2015

once upon a time coffee drinking was more than just a monday morning pick-me up or a post-gorge digestif, it was the fuel of debate, ideas and discussion. For the price of one penny, whether you were the bourgeoise elite or part of the hard working class, coffee houses were the place for society to convene, ‘penny universities'. that’s the concept behind the black penny, a coffee shop, brunch spot and daily luncheon deli situated in a stunning covent garden listed building. by day, the coffee menu, supplied by alchemy reads like a potions list of flavours and aromas. brunch is an experimental affair with pineapple and chilli frittatas and a turkish ozedemir pasha [fried eggs, frilled halloumi and butter bean houmous to the rest of us!]. every day indulge in a selection of freshly made salads, comforting hot stews, pies and sweet goodies. over the forthcoming months, the basement ‘seminar pit’ will hark back to the days of old with spoken word performances, book clubs and ‘philosophy doctor’ therapy sessions taking place around the fireplace.