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St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Crypt

#1,616 of 17,733 Restaurants in London
#1,737 of 18,658 Places to Eat in London
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Trafalgar Square | During the summer months there is a cafe in the courtyard as well as the one in the crypt., London WC2N 4JJ, England
442077661100
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thu - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Quick Bites, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central...
The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London. Locals and visitors from around the world return again and again to take in the striking atmosphere and enjoy the freshly prepared food. The Café is the perfect place to escape from a busy day out in the capital. Whether taking a break from the office or the tourist trail, the Café's location in the heart of Trafalgar Square makes it easy to find and its modern glass pavilion entrance is fully accessible. Once inside the Crypt there is a warm welcome awaiting you with beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceilings, historic tombstones beneath your feet and delicious home-cooked food to feast your eyes and stomach on. Don't forget to check out the popular Wednesday night Jazz Nights. Our food is freshly prepared on-site using ingredients from local and national sustainable sources where possible and at great value. With hot and cold mains, cakes, sandwiches, salads and the perfect afternoon tea, there is something for everyone in this award-winning café.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An atmospheric place to eat in the heart of London

This is an unusual place to eat and well worth a visit if you are around the Trafalgar Square/ Leicester Square area and want to get away from the tourists. The food is always very tasty, they have a main or vegetarian option every day, soup, and a selection of soft drinks, hot drinks, cakes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

How often to you get a change to eat in a crypt amid two hundred year old grave markers. This crypt is genuine. It is a cafeteria style restaurant with good food at low prices. It is adjacent to Trafalgar Square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is an unusual place to eat and well worth a visit if you are around the Trafalgar Square/ Leicester Square area and want to get away from the tourists. The food is always very tasty, they have a main or vegetarian option every day, soup, and a selection of soft drinks, hot drinks, cakes and scones. There are always... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was a very cool place to have lunch, literally. It was a pretty hot day and being underground for lunch was a nice break from the heat. The atmosphere is awesome and the food is OK. But the berry cobbler with custard is off the charts good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We dodged the rain and took refuge at St Martins in the field restaurant in the crypt under the church. We had Soup and a sandwich which was Perfect. Before we made our way up to Oxford Circus by Bus

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited The Crypt three times it was so good! Such a beautifully historic place and friendly service with great food. Can highly recommend the breakfast and went back the next day for wine and canapés and was equally as good. Wonderful to be able to enjoy such good food in such a wonderful place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent and good value self service café in the interesting crypt of St Martin in the Fields at Trafalgar Square. Very spacious seating area and no pressure to vacate your table. We had the sandwiches and soup, which are really good and excellent value, and there are also lovely hot English desserts with custard. They also serve salads and hot... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I love to visit The Café in the Crypt of St Martin-in-the Fields and have always found the food and drink to be of excellent quality and price. However, when we visited London on Saturday, it was such a lovely hot day that we decided to sit outside in the sunshine at the Café in the Courtyard... More 

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I am very sorry that your recent experience at the Café in the Courtyard was disappointing. We have very set procedures but unfortunately they were not followed on this occasion and I can only apologise that we did not meet the standards you have come to expect from St Martin’s. We are carefully reviewing where we went wrong on this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Hidden beneath this marvelous church is a delightful cafe.i have eaten there numerous times since I was taken there by a work colleague some years ago. On the edge of Trafalgar Square, close to the Houses of Parliament, and just across the river from the London Eye, this cafe still retains the character of an underground refuge from the hourly-burley... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

hadn't realised this was here, partner had seen this on trip advisor & we wasn't disappointed at all, there are different types of serving points,e.g. salads, dinners, soups etc. all at reasonable prices, would defo recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The venue is amazing, in a vaulted brick crypt under the church. The food is really good, I had the pasta and salad and it was well cooked and value for money. The wine is reasonable for £4.50 a glass. If you're at an event in the church it's defiantly worth a try.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Trafalgar Square | During the summer months there is a cafe in the courtyard as well as the one in the crypt., London WC2N 4JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: 442077661100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 18
  • Cuisine: Soups, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London. Locals and visitors from around the world return again and again to take in the striking atmosphere and enjoy the freshly prepared food. The Café is the perfect place to escape from a busy day out in the capital. Whether taking a break from the office or the tourist trail, the Café's location in the heart of Trafalgar Square makes it easy to find and its modern glass pavilion entrance is fully accessible. Once inside the Crypt there is a warm welcome awaiting you with beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceilings, historic tombstones beneath your feet and delicious home-cooked food to feast your eyes and stomach on. Don't forget to check out the popular Wednesday night Jazz Nights. Our food is freshly prepared on-site using ingredients from local and national sustainable sources where possible and at great value. With hot and cold mains, cakes, sandwiches, salads and the perfect afternoon tea, there is something for everyone in this award-winning café.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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