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St Martins in the Fields Cafe in the Crypt

#1,541 of 17,116 Restaurants in London
#1,652 of 17,994 Places to Eat in London
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Covent Garden
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
020 7766 1122
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed 8:30 am - 1:15 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 260
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    Very good
  • 103
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Convient location

If you want a coffee or light bite after/before seeing an exhib at one of the galleries then this is a good spot. Simple food at reasonable prices. Self service in part, walk round with a tray try to avoid crashing into other customers as its always busy & a bit chaotic. Note there are jugs of tap... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
sue f
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London
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Good for:
  • Families with children
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Cincinnati
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158 reviews 158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Your kids will love this! Walk down the stairs to the Crypt at St. Martins in the Fields Church just across Trafalgar square. There you will find tombs and a wonderful cafeteria! The atmosphere is unique and the food is delicious and quite a bargain! We had Gnocchi with vegetables in a cream sauce which came with baby carrots cooked... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you want a coffee or light bite after/before seeing an exhib at one of the galleries then this is a good spot. Simple food at reasonable prices. Self service in part, walk round with a tray try to avoid crashing into other customers as its always busy & a bit chaotic. Note there are jugs of tap water so... More 

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Betchworth, United Kingdom
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64 restaurant reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Although I am sure this eatery fills a niche it has absolutely no ambiance and it is not predisposed to make you feel comfortable. It was filled with people with shopping bags which I think contained groceries as opposed to tourist items. We have been there once and will not return unless an emergency arises not conducive to relaxed eating... More 

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Toronto
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The cafe has simple, tasty and inexpensive fare. Since it's across from the National gallery, I took a break from my visit and had lunch here. I also had a bite to eat before a concert in the church. Although it is a crypt, there is nothing creepy or morbid about the cafe. If anything, it is a lively place... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Generous portions of tasty foods, nicely seasoned. A great choice before going to a concert in the church above. The soups were rich. The vegetables were fresh and nicely seasoned.

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San Diego
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A great place for a budget lunch or dinner. The cafeteria-style cafe is actually located in the crypt underneath the church if you don’t mind eating on top of tombs. They have a nice selection of meals at great prices and the food is pretty good. Also draft beers and wines are available. All proceeds go to the upkeep of... More 

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Ayrshire
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Visited a couple of weeks ago for the second time (first vist, unreviewed, last year). It's not fine dining but the food is very, very good. The setting must be unique and is a cool retreat on a hot day. It is cafe style, basic tables and chairs and you queue with a tray to collect your food. It's clearly... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Busy, noisy, friendly, bag a table type of place. Mushroom soup was delicious and plentiful, crayfish salad and cheese salad enjoyed, cake looked delicious. Queue for the ladies very long, that's the only slight moan.

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London, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Well worth a visit. Certainly a unique venue with decent food at reasonable price. It's a cafeteria style so don't go expecting table service. The biggest issue is the set up of the food service area and tills - it needs improving. The thoroughfare is very slow and long queues are the result. I've actually always been able to get... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The most affordable and enjoyable night out in London you can find. Dinner in the Crypt, a cemetery beneath the church for £15 and then up and into Sir Christopher Wren's little masterpiece to hear the most beautiful music you can imagine. Vivaldi's Four Seasons cannot truly and fully be appreciated any other way than live and close IP. These... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: 020 7766 1122

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 1:15 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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