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Cafe in the Crypt

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
+44 20 7766 1100
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good47%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Soups, Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

went here for late lunch on Saturday 12th January about 3pm. Place very busy as usual. Had the main course of open beef pie, which was just about OK but potatoes and vegetables were undercooked. What really annoyed us though was the service on the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank stevewolfcub
Reviewed yesterday

We ate theere while listening to a jazz concert. This is a great place to visit. The food was very good if you like English food. Great enviroonment to listen to a concert and have dinner.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Paul33740
Reviewed yesterday

I was hungry and a bit cold so decided to refresh myself in the Cafe. The atmosphere was unique and intriguing...the lovely vaults were so interesting! I had the tea and treats which were priced right and yummy. It was a perfect spot to sit,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Coastal06249658362
Reviewed yesterday

Interesting entrance, unusual setting. Had a quick snack while walking through London. I remember going as a kid, however it seems it has changed a little since the 80's. The food and drinks were very expensive considering the options. Only saving grace is the food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jjm040817
Reviewed 2 days ago

First visit, at the end of a very chilly but lovely walk through the London parks. Predictably busy being Saturday lunchtime but found a table OK. Food selection looked good whatever you wanted. Lovely surroundings and understand profits go towards maintaining them. Enough staff (that...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Veronica H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family of four were disappointed with the cafe after previous visits. The drinks lady did not smile and gave the impression she would rather be elsewhere. The chocolate brownie was very dry and the doughnut just tasted of heavy dough. This visit has put...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Nikki C
StMartinsLondon, Manager at Cafe in the Crypt, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Nikki C, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Café in the Crypt. I am very sorry to hear that you found the cakes to be below our usual standard. I will let the chef know immediately so we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

On a Friday evening before our late night at the National Gallery my family went here for dinner. It was so busy that the stunning vaults and atmosphere were completely overshadowed- not to mention many dishes were sold out, tables were full, and the cutlery...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chepopo
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this cafe. Not only are the prices reasonable, the architecture stunning, the location great and the food good, but the profits go towards the work of St Martin in the Fields. Be aware that as the cafe is underground, mobile phone reception can...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DunelmArts
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told to go to the Cafe in the Crypt by a friend if only to take in the view. It's centrally located, right next to Trafalgar Square but if you don't know it's there you may not notice it. The cafe itself is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Matt A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took some Australian relations here during a visit the only problem was its popularity (it was full). But great coffee and cakes.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank PHE22
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simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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8 January 2019|
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Response from StMartinsLondon | Property representative |
Hi cafetripmonkey, Our current hygiene rating was reduced from 5 to 2 in December, we were extremely disappointed to receive this rating. We do not believe that a score of 2 is a fair reflection of our working practices or... More
Ola H
3 August 2018|
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Response from Travel1000Glen | Reviewed this property |
No dress code — shorts would be allowed.
Vanesa M
12 December 2016|
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Response from Elena D |
The Cafe in the Crypt definitely has a choice of a vegetarian hot main dish every day, same goes for the Christmas dinner. Gluten-free is a bit trickier, as some days there is a GF option, and some days there isn't. It's... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7766 1100
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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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