The converted warehouse space that houses Krimper cafe has lived a multitude of lives - a sawmill, then a cabinetmaking factory, and most recently the Guildford Lane Gallery.
The history of the space envelops the cafe, with old machinery bases embedded in the floor, an old staircase broken down to make up the tabletops and the original lift car sitting ominously in the centre of the room.
The cafe was named after revered furniture maker Schulim Krimper, who never actually occupied the space, but whose work is deeply admired by owner Mun Soon, a designer and architect himself. As further tribute, Soon proudly displays one of Krimper's own original sideboards in the centre of the cafe, which has become an attraction in itself.
The large industrial space was designed by Soon. It feels cosy and inviting, welcoming the students who drop by for a takeaway coffee and Noisette pastry, as well as the office workers who linger over long business lunches.
Krimper boasts a sophisticated menu with influences from Japanese, French and American-style cooking, and coffee comes courtesy of Proud Mary.