By Katrin Magnussen
Two things I adore are a decent cup of coffee and a comfy seat, preferably with a bustling street view, from which to drink said beverage. This is why I was excited to check out F Mondays, a sorely needed café (and a potential place to work remotely from) in an otherwise barren stretch of Brixton Hill.
Sunlight streamed in through its large front windows, a handful of lap-topped-up patrons sipped on their drinks inside and a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies displayed on the counter….promising stuff!
The friendly staff explained that the food on offer is made locally, that Wifi is underway (“Virgin is always slow!”) and they open at 7am Mon-Fri. Amid the prerequisite sweet offerings such as chocolate shortbreads and brownies, there is a rather ingenious ‘breakfast bun’. This is in fact a pretty ‘rosette’ made from egg and bacon; and yes I rarely put the words ‘pretty’ and ‘bacon’ together.
Coffee, ah yes, there was decent coffee. I had a cappuccino, frothy and flavoursome (£2.50). However, where F Mondays comes into its own is with their hot chocolates (£3.00)made from Amelia Rope chocolate and in tantalising flavours including Pale Rose, White & Sea Salt, and Dark Mandarin. There are also bottled juices available, from Crude Juice (£4.50) and small complimentary carafes of water on each table.
So you have the drinks, friendly staff, early opening and food. What about the seats? Sadly, this is where you let me down, F Mondays. The café is achingly hip with its IKEA-style, flat-pack furniture, minimalist atmosphere and indie music playing, so perhaps comfy seating should not be expected. However, the small, hard stools with pointy corners are downright painful to sit on. I quickly dispel any pre-conceived ideas I had about working remotely here, or even sitting by the window leisurely drinking my coffee and watching people scurrying past outside. I get my loyalty card stamped (buy six coffees – get one free, good idea) and ease myself back into the cold. I might be back, F Mondays if you invest in some cushions!
F. Mondays is open 7 days; Mon-Fri 0700-1600, Sat & Sun 0800-1700. You can find them on Twitter & Instagram @fmondayscoffee and on Facebook as F. Mondays.