Located on Aldwych in Covent Garden, Lundenwic is a new food and speciality coffee shop from Scotchtails’ founders Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, set to open at the end of July.
Lundenwic will offer an all-day menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and toasties, alongside speciality coffees, homemade nut milks and cold-pressed juices, which can be taken away, or enjoyed inside.
Young entrepreneurs and university friends, Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, who set up renowned artisan scotch egg company Scotchtails (now available at both Wholefoods and Selfridges Food Hall, and from their weekly market pitch at Borough Market), were inspired to open Lundenwic after a trip to Copenhagen.
The style and aesthetics of the Nordic cafés and small restaurants they visited, and the focus on design quality impressed the duo so much they decided to bring the same philosophy to London, and so the idea for Lundenwic was born. Named after one of the original Anglo-Saxon settlements in the capital back in the 5th century, Dom and Oli hope to introduce a space where Londoners and visitors to the capital alike can enjoy good quality food and coffee from breakfast through to early evening, Monday through to Saturday.
Reflecting Dom and Oli’s original inspiration for Lundenwic, the café interiors have a distinct Scandinavian feel, with a focus on simplicity, functionality and minimalism and the use of natural light.
The duo worked on the design of the space themselves, preserving the building’s rich architectural history, exposing the original brick walls and making use of the historic high ceilings of what was once the entrance to the next door theatre.
Whitewashed walls will be complimented by a muted marble countertop and provide a neutral canvas on which the colourful food will be the star. The importance of quality design and materials can be seen throughout the café, with stools handcrafted from Cornish Ash by young British designer, Felix McCormack, who has cleverly used squid ink to create a striking and unique colour effect.
Elegant Anglepoise pendant lights will illuminate the counter area, ensuring that Lundenwic will offer a stylish yet functional space.