Like many, we had mixed feelings about Foyles relocating a few doors down on Charing Cross Road. Yes, the new store is incredibly shiny, impressive, light and packed full of pages begging for the turning, but the move also meant that the first floor Foyles Café was no more. The brand new café in the new shop is fine, but it lacks the independent, relaxed vibe of the old place we knew and loved.
Well, if you too have been mourning this quirky West End bolt-hole, you’ll be delighted to know that it has been reopened by the original owner in the same place and fittingly it’s called The Old Café.
We popped in today and the place looks pretty much the same, except rather empty! There’s currently only three tables and the window bar, the walls are bare and there are a few cakes on offer, but they only reopened on Monday and are rebuilding as they go along, hoping to soon be hosting exhibitions and putting on gigs. They’re looking for furniture donations, art works to adorn the walls and they need people to spread the word that they are back and ready to froth your milk.
Here’s what it’s looking like at the mo:
So pop in and see them from 8am-8pm at 113-119 Charing Cross Road, give them a high five or a spare table. Or just check them out at facebook.com/theoldcafe.
Oh and now there’s also a laser tag in the old Foyles building!