illycaffè opens "new generation" boutique cafè in central London

London, U.K. Premium coffee roaster illycaffè is proud to announce the official opening of its London flagship boutique cafè bar today, Monday 20th January.

Situated at the heart of London’s iconic shopping district, illy Regent Street combines a genuine Italian cafè experience with illy’s chic design ideals and innovative high-end technology, offering Londoners the chance to refuel, reflect and relax in stylish surroundings. Open daily from 07:00-20:00, the stunning venue incorporates sleek Italian architecture and classic illy design.

A split level seating area, complete with table service, is the perfect location to catch up with friends over a coffee or to exchange ideas with colleagues, using the free in-store tablet devices and Wi-Fi provided in partnership with Samsung.

Iconic illy photography and posters adorn the walls, complimenting an exquisite centre piece; an illy chandelier made from 216 illy Art Collection espresso cups, designed by some of the greatest artists from the past 20 years, including Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović.

An impressive mosaic replica of Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky’s 1934 illy advertising poster has also been installed in this unique cafè. Created by an Italian company, the mosaic consists of 85,000 tiles in 31 different colours and measures nearly four metres high by three metres wide.

It’s not just the interior design which reflects the best of Italian culture. illy Regent Street also serves a mouth-watering menu, boasting the best of Italian cuisine.

From breakfast bomboloni pastries, filled with vanilla cream and jam, to lunchtime piadina wraps, plates of antipasti and pasta dishes, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect food for any time of day, whether you are eating on the move or enjoying a sit-down meal.

What’s more, illy’s range of desserts and mignons are a wonderfully indulgent afternoon snack or post-meal treat.

illy’s exclusive tiramisu (the illymisu) includes a serving of illy coffee for customers to pour onto the dessert themselves.

Alternatively, ICOLORI, delicious bites of crunchy biscuit with a variety of creamy fillings, created especially for illy by master pastry chef (and former Italian World Cup Pastry team captain) Luigi Biasetto, are bound to satisfy even the most sweet tooth.

To compliment this varied menu, illy Regent Street also offers a wide-range of hot and cold Italian-inspired drinks, from creamy illy cappuccinos to intense illy espressos, classic Italian soft drinks and juices.
Upon receipt of its drinks license, the boutique cafè will also introduce a range of apertifs and Italian wines later in the year.

And for those who want to take a slice of high-end, Italian glamour home with them, illy Regent Street houses a shopping corner, stocking illy’s state of the art iperEspresso machines, tins of coffee and cups from the illy Art Collection.

illy Regent Street is located at 295 Regent Street, London W1B 2HJ.

About illycaffè
Based in Trieste, Italy, illycaffé produces and markets a unique blend of espresso coffee under a single brand leader in quality. Over 6 million cups of illy espresso coffee are enjoyed every day. illy is sold in over 140 countries around the world and is available in more than 100,000 of the best restaurants and coffee bars. espressamente illy, the chain of franchised Italian-style coffee bars is now present in more than 30 countries and comprises 230 outlets. With the aim of spreading the coffee culture, illy has founded the Università del caffè, the centre of excellence offering theoretical and practical training on every aspect of coffee for coffee growers, coffee shops staff and enthusiasts. illycaffè is the official partner of Expo Milano 2015 and it takes charge of the content project and management, the exhibitions and the events associated to coffee, in the Coffee Cluster common area. On a global level illycaffè employs about 990 people and has a consolidated turnover of €360 million. (2012 results)
illy buys green coffee directly from the growers of the highest quality Arabica through partnerships based on the mutual creation of value. The Trieste-based company fosters long-term collaborations with the world's best coffee growers - in Brazil, Central America, India, Africa and China - providing know-how and technology and offering above-market prices.

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