University friends Dominic Hamdy (23) and Oliver Hiam (24) are opening Lundenwic – an all-day dining concept serving fresh salads, sandwiches and toasties alongside specialty coffees, homemade nut milks and juices.
Named after one of the capital's original fifth Century Anglo-Saxon settlements, Lundenwic is designed to replicate the style and aesthetics of Copenhagen cafes in London.
Former B.O.B’s Lobster and Salon Brixton chef Matt Shea will head up the kitchen, with dishes ranging from Marmalade, Cocoa Nibs, Hazelnut and Honey porridge for breakfast, to a lunch menu of gluten free salads such as Roast Butternut Squash, Chickpea, Fennel and Pomegranate; and a Beer Braised Onion, Kale and Montgomery Cheddar toasted sandwich.
Lundenwic is set to take its coffee as seriously as its food, with Stan Przemek – previously of Flat White, Milk Bar and TAP Coffee – appointed as head of coffee for the site.
A resident Ethiopian espresso blend will be joined by a monthly guest espresso.
It is the first restaurant venture from Hiam and Hamdy, who since 2013 have grown the Scotchtail brand from a stall in Berwich Street market to a regular Borough Market site - with the eggs now selling in Selfridges Food Hall, Wholefoods and several London delis.
Lundenwic joins a number of Scandinavian-based offerings opening in the capital in the past year, including Swedish-inspired KuPP in Paddington, Snaps & Rye in Kensington, and rapidly expanding Danish-Japanese concept Sticks'n'Sushi.
The site will open from 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday at 45 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London.