It has been London’s best kept secret, nestled inside the Hermès boutique on New Bond Street, for a couple of weeks and is soon leave town not before becoming the place to have an afternoon respite.  Launched to celebrate the newest tableware collection created by British artist Nigel Peak titled ‘A Walk in the Garden’, the cafe is situated in the courtyard of the mid century Time & Life building, in which the store covers two floors, and has been transformed into a wonderfully whimsical abstract garden by set designers Isabel +Helen. We were encouraged to flow the orange, pink and red pingpong balls on flexible strands – masquerading as contemporary florals – to understand the flow and movement of the collections inspiration. We were seated by a wonderful host outfitted in pristine white converse low-tops, a crisp white polo shirt and dreamy midnight ink blue jeans before we were given an animated and enthused narrative of the gardens story. I asked if it had been popular, to which the reply was, “Yes but this London’s best kept secret’. We were treated to a smooth, deliciously milky coffee and a selection of petit fours, which you can see below however it is a shame you can’t taste the delectable and fresh flavours of the lemon madeleines. All I can say is, that is is a quiet customer experience for a wonderfully quiet brand; is is relaxed, effortless but something wonderfully unexpected from Hermès. The cafe is open until the 20th of July – but please do call ahead for timings.

Written by Danhasbyoliver

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