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“Great food at reasonable prices at Trafalgar Square”

St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Crypt
Ranked #631 of 22,544 Restaurants in London
Price range: $5 - $16
Cuisines: Soups, Cafe, European, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
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.
Fort Bragg, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food at reasonable prices at Trafalgar Square”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

I have been eating here whenever in London for nearly 20 years. It has been improved with a new entrance on the north side of the church, The food is healthy fare and reasonably priced. You can even get a good Sunday roast. Bonus is that many employees have been homeless people who have been given work skills by the church. Be certain to pop in to see the lovely interior of the church. Service is cafeteria style.

Visited May 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Trip to London”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Cafe in the Crypt was recommended by a friend as a cozy, comfortable restaurant after a morning spent walking in London. The setting was remarkable, in the actual crypt of St. Martins. The floor is covered with the tombstones of many people buried beneath, an unusual setting. The food is cafeteria style, with selections from cold sandwiches to salads to hot meals. Nothing to rave about here, just an unusual setting in an old church. An interesting spot for tourists to visit, but not a restaurant that I would go out of my way to eat at again

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lunch in the crypts”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We did not dine at st. martins during this visit to London, but did stop for coffee. The ambience is quite comfortable- once you get over the fact that you are sitting on graves. My kids did not appreciate that the first time we went to the cafe. The food is quite good, and the prices are reasonable.

  • Visited September 2013
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Columbia md
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“Wonderful, affordable, unique just off Trafalgar Square”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

A friend took me to London for the day. At the end, she guided me to this wonderful place. It is down stairs. Cafeteria style. Everything looked good, but we both decided to have the special which was a large bowl of soup, a huge piece of bread, a dessert with custard, and a drink... All for @ GPB 6.50. A great deal, and delicious. They also offered a ratatouille, chicken dinner and several other items. It all looked good. As it is cafeteria, the only service was the staff clearing the tables. The staff were timely and not at all intrusive.

The have Jazz nights and other special events there. I would love to go to one.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Quirky Cafe in the Crypt”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

This cafe hidden under the famous St. Martins in the Field Church in Trafalgar Square has some stunning Georgian architecture. The food and drink provide affordable dining in a Central location. This cafe is one of London's hottest music venues featuring a variety of performances, ranging from classical, swing to jazz, from the UK's finest musicians.

Visited October 2013
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