Saturday 23 April 2011

Candid Arts Cafe

Hidden down a back street by Angel station is a wonderful discovery. The Candid Arts Trust. Housed in a characterful old brick building over various floors, it is a haven for all artists, designers, film makers and creative types alike.

Whether you want to drop in and get involved in a life drawing class, or attend one of the numerous exhibitions and events they hold, there really is so much creativity going on behind those discreet doors.  They even have a variety of interesting studios and gallery spaces available to hire for shoots, events, private parties and workshops.

But my favourite bit has to be the Candid Cafe.  A lovely room full of cosy tables including one long refectory table and a handful of comfy sofas and armchairs.  Candelabras dripping with candle wax, pieces of eclectic art adorning the walls, fresh bunches of hand picked flowers on the tables, and windows overlooking the pretty courtyard below which is open for alfresco refreshments when the sun is out.

Candid Cafe is a perfect place to meet a friend over a hot chocolate or a bottle of Merlot, or even just go alone and chill out with a good book or your laptop.  The food is simple, tasty and homemade with a healthy, Mediterranean, and predominantly vegetarian flair, and the staff are friendly and easygoing.

I've been going to Candid Cafe for a few years and it's a great place to relax and while away the time whatever the weather.  So when you're next in Angel, go and enjoy a bit of Candid time.  But it's the kind of place you'll want to keep to yourself, so don't tell everyone!

Candid Arts Trust
3 Torrens St, EC1
Cafe open Mon-Sat 12-10pm  Sun 12-5pm

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