The Serpentine Coffee House Spills Into Hyde Park

Designed by Mizzi Studio, the new café takes the form of snake in motion.

Designed by Mizzi Studio, the new café takes the form of snake in motion.

Hyde Park is getting a sweet dose of caffeine. The largest of the four Royal Parks in London has recently unveiled the Serpentine Coffee House, replacing a small kiosk that was nestled between the Serpentine Galleries. The new structure was designed by the London and Valletta-based firm Mizzi Studio, headed by architect Jonathan Mizzi. It is one of 10 sculptural refreshment booths that was commissioned by the Royal Parks Agency and the Royal Parks Foundation.

Rendering of the Serpentine Coffee House.

The overriding feature of the café is a curved, metal canopy made of polished, aged brass modeled after pagoda architecture common to Japanese teahouses, and a serpent emerging from a lake. Its underbelly keeps to this reptilian theme, with a snakeskin-inspired motif that blankets an open, semi-transparent glass pavilion. The interiors house Perlino Rosato marble surfaces and green leather chairs that gel nicely with terrazzo floors and walnut counters. All these characteristics are meant to conform to the Park’s serene environment, particularly the trees, flower beds, and the adjacent Serpentine Lake.

The Serpentine Coffee House can seat around 60 people and serves a number of drinks and treats supplied by Colicci, an artisan family brand that operates a number of cafés and restaurants in London. It makes a great addition to the already picturesque, art-filled atmosphere. To be sure, it hits the sweet spot.

Serpentine Coffee House. Photo courtesy of Mizzi Studio.

(Photos courtesy of Mizzi Studio)

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