Did you know that the horizons of London’s cafe culture are expanding at a rate that cannot easily be determined due to our poor relative position in the doughnut-shaped universe we live in? Drop the doughnuts immediately, and realise that coffee is more than simply dark, energetic matter. High, high up on Kilburn High Street floats Cara Cosmic Cafe, a station devoted to the provision of good coffee and (space) cake, and the latest in cosmological and astronomical news. Who would have thought that Kilburn could indeed be the centre of the caffeinated cosmos?
Spend your TIME in our SPACE proclaims Cara Cosmic Cafe’s motto. Standing at the door, I half expect Captain Kirk to boom enter, before the automatic doors slide slickly open, admitting me to this holodeck fantasy for coffee connoisseurs. Thankfully it’s propped open, admitting a modicum of the hustle and bustle of Kilburn High Street, if only to remind the space cadets inside that we are still on Earth, still in London. Inside you can find not only superheated beverages, laminated sandwiches, the delicious emulsions that Earthlings call soup and other nutritious material goods but a whole shrine to the culture of the cosmos.
Pictures of prominent physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists beam benignly down upon the diners clustered at Cara Cosmic Cafe, all enjoying their time in another dimension other than that of northwest London’s Kilburn High Road. Many are here for the regular film screenings that take place at Cara Cosmic Cafe, which quite naturally strike a mightily resonant chord with this cafe’s theme: the outer limits, the heavenly spheres, the cosmos, the universe. Call it what you will, this London’s cafe has that, beyond Earth, as a destination. All I can say is: bean me up.