My London: Kioskafé

my london: monocle's kioskafé | simple pretty

view of kioskafé from norfolk place

Monocle magazine‘s editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé, often waxes romantic about the charms (and necessity) of a good newsstand. So it’s no surprise that, given the chance to create his own, it’s top-notch. Located a short walk from London’s Paddington Station, Kioskafé is filled with all sorts of tempting print, whether you’re heading off on a rail adventure or wandering in for an afternoon read.

Titles stocked range from the classic Condé Nast glossies to indie favorites (like The Gentlewoman) to harder-to-find international titles from Japan, Norway, and more. You can even have your favorite international newspaper printed while you wait (of course, not every newspaper is available, but the list is extensive). True to the name, there’s a café, too, for your caffeine-and-sweets fix. A range of accessories, from travel essentials to tote bags, round out the offerings. I fell in love with the tote bags, the sayings printed on the side will perfectly proclaim your love of print to the world: quietly and elegantly, of course. (It is Monocle, after all.)

Kioskafé opened just days ago, but it’s already claimed a top spot in “My London” list. Hurry over and check it out, fellow magazine addicts.

my london: monocle's kioskafé | simple pretty

neatly displayed indie titles + cleverly captioned totebags

my london: monocle's kioskafé | simple pretty

titles from japan, including my current favorite, cluél

my london: monocle's kioskafé | simple pretty

mainstream titles are also in abundance, including a good range from condé nast

my london: monocle's kioskafé | simple pretty

coffee, pastry, and cold drinks to fulfill the café spirit

my london: monocle's kioskafé | simple pretty

and perfect branding, as one would expect from monocle


31 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QH

open every day 7-7

Update: 11/2015 Monocle’s website has a nice video previewing the Kioskafé space and describing some of the details behind branding, build-out, and product selection. 

all photos by jane potrykus