Candid Café @ Angel, Islington

ロープが絡まった白馬が突き出ている、何だか怪しげな外観のCandid Café。チューブのエンジェル駅の裏側、City RoadとUpper Streetの交差点の少し東のTorrens Streetにある、ビクトリア時代の倉庫だったCandid Arts Trustの建物の2階(日本の3階。イギリスではGround Floor/地階から数え、1階、2階と続く)にある。アートとアート教育の促進、そして卒業後1年以内の新進アーティストやデザイナーに展示の場を与えることを目的としたCandid Arts Trustは、展示スペース、2つのギャラリー、そして20のアーティストのアトリエや、会議やイベントなどを行える貸しスペースを備えている。

Candid Caféは、よく言えばアート的でボヘミアン、悪く言えばちょっと悪趣味。使い古した木のテーブルや床、そして陽の光が注ぐ壁際の席は、いい感じなのだけれど、奥のギリシャ風の柱や壁にかけられた裸体画などは品がなく、赤く塗られた壁が薄暗く感じさせる。

「Mediterranian food(地中海料理)」を謳う食べ物は今イチ。ちゃんとした食事はしたことがないけれど、サンドイッチが不味かったから、そう確信している。ケーキ類も大味で大甘。Mいわくエスプレッソも不味いそうだ。こういうと救いはないようだけれど、天気がいい昼下がりに壁際に座って、お茶(あくまでお茶で、コーヒーではない)するのにはいい。また、真向かいにあるジムのクラスまでの時間つぶしにもね。

Candid Café’s tasteless exterior, white horse tangled with rope coming out from the wall and hideous signed board, may turn you off to come inside. Situated on Torrens Street behind the Angel tube station in Islington, on the east of the intersection of City Road and Upper street, Candid Café is on the second floor (third floor in US – first floor is called “ground floor”, following first floor in UK) in one of the two Victorian warehouses converted into an arts centre of the Candid Arts Trust. Aiming to promote the arts and arts education with special emphasis placed on helping newly graduated artists and designers, the Candid Arts Trust has exhibition space, two galleries, 20 artists studios, as well as banqueting, conference and screening rooms, rehearsal spaces.

In good terms, Candid Café is arty and boho, but in bad terms, grungy and vulgar. Rusty wooden tables and floors, and window side seats with lots of light are quite nice, but gloomy red walls and tasteless fake greek column and nude painting (photo below) destroy these good.

Their “Mediterranian food” is not impressive – I haven’t had their mains but I believe this, as their sandwich was quite bad and their cakes were too sweet. Their espresso was below average as well, according to M. Sounds no hope, but it is pleasant to sit on a window side table when it’s sunny and have a cup of tea (tea, not coffee). Also I go sometimes to kill my time before going to my gym class, just across the street.

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