For those of us who crave a moment’s peace and a coffee in the morning — or at any time of a weekday — I think I might have found the perfect place…

I found Host Café  and St Mary Aldermary church a couple of weeks ago. I was unable to get out and explore at the weekend, so I got on a train into London at 6.45am to go and explore on a Monday morning instead.

Here’s how I got on…

St Mary Aldermary church, City of London

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The café is situated at one end of the church, which is not only a great use of the space but also gives you a great view of the magnificent church ceiling from your breakfast table.

St Mary Aldermary church, City of London

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Sitting in this wonderful space for an hour before work gave me the energy and motivation I needed to start another week.

There are also two huge stained glass windows at either end of the church, and a little part of history to see in every corner — from memorial plaques to parts of the church itself.

Host Cafe at St Mary Aldermary church, City of London

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St Mary Aldermary church is just across the road from Mansion House station and the café opens at 7.15am, which made it a perfect stop for breakfast before work on an otherwise hectic morning.

If you want another excuse to visit, they hold lunchtime or evening meditation sessions three times a week.

St Mary Aldermary church, City of London

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Host Café and St Mary Aldermary church: the essentials

Address: Watling Street, London EC4M 9BW

Opening times: 7.30am-4.45pm Monday-Friday (until 4.30pm on Mondays and Fridays)

Nearest Tube: Mansion House

More information: Visit the café website