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

#505 of 17,074 Restaurants in London
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Covent Garden
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unless there's a secret, special area to this cafe that I couldn't find, I really don't understand the appeal. In a city filled with venues in hundreds-of-years-old buildings, a big open cafeteria with brick walls and ceiling, barely below street level is far from exciting or unique. I guess I was expecting something with a bit more atmosphere. As for... More 

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Birchington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We nearly always grab a light lunch here when we are in central London because it is a simple, well-run restaurant with great facilities, just opposite the National and National Portrait Galleries. We tend to go for the set meal deal options which offer great value for money as well as being delicious. The soup and roll is another excellent... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The restaurant is located below the church in the crypt. It is a big open room with vaulted brick ceilings. I stopped here for lunch after visiting Trafalgar Square. The church and restaurant are located on the upper right corner, across from the museum. I was disappointing with the food. The had a selection of hot entries already prepared in... More 

Thank rr177
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I had a lovely lunch here on the hottest day of the year (so far) We went her in the recommendation of a friend and would, in turn recommend to others. It was busy, without being overbearing or noisy. My salad was beautiful, fresh and good value for money. A great place to hide from the heat... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Londoner: Situated underneath the chapel of St. Martin's Church in Trafalgar you'll find good, reasonable priced, wholesome food. Not fine dinning but nothing can beat the great atmosphere of the cobbled floor & headstones nor of the knowledge that there has been a church on the site since medieval times.

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitly go for a jazz concert. The money for the tickets are very cheap if you compare with a club. Serving also delicious foods. Or you can have just a drink. A place not to miss.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful inventive food, reasonably priced, lots of healthy choices, all home cooked. So peaceful and a stones throw from Spitalfields. We find ourselves keep going back there when we visit London.

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Lincoln, Uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent value menu. Great surroundings for refreshments and chat. We used as central easy meeting place to catch up with family. Really lovely lady clearing tables was very informative and friendly recommending the various musical evening events coming up at The Crypt. Well worth a stop off.

Thank HLA67
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location on Trafalgar Square I very convenient. The crypt is unique with vaulted brick ceilings and graves in the floor and walls. The food, while affordable, wasn't my kids' favorite. It was quite British, and if you order well I thought it was quite good.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Underground, below Trafalgar Square, is this great cafe. We just stopped for a snack - but the coffees and Victoria sponge were great. This profits of this cafe also helps the poor in and around London. Make sure you pay it a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $16
Soups, Cafe, British, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: 442077661100
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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