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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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“soup” (184 reviews)
“apple crumble” (52 reviews)
“sandwiches” (87 reviews)
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08:00 - 18:30 Hours
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

Every year a friend and myself have a shopping day in London close to Christmas. For years we have had our lunch at Cafe in the Crypt. Mainly because we are supporting a good cause but also because the food has always been good and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jeanann1485
StMartinsLondon, Manager at Cafe in the Crypt, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi jeanann1485, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience. I'm glad lunch at the Cafe in the Crypt is a part of your yearly tradition, you're right - all the proceeds made by the cafe support the good...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Particularly liked the holiday turkey dinner, Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and hot mulled wine. Excellent place to go to before attending concerts upstairs.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Woci
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a lovely hidden gem of a restaurant so easily passed by as it is underground in St Martins in the Field church crypt! We enjoyed the best fish pie ever with freshly roasted vegetables. The atmosphere in this unusual cafe is gorgeous and we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jenjensa
Reviewed 3 days ago

The old church itself is lovely with its very modern glass window behind the altar. Free lunchtime concerts are an added bonus. The Café in The Crypt has a great atmosphere for adults, families, etc. and very reasonably priced menu, including alcohol, for a quick...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Boadicea-1954
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the Cafe in the Crypt yesterday. The cafe was really busy however a table was soon located. Food was of a very good standard and at a reasonable cost for London. There was no pressure to leave when we had finished.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Wendy Y
Reviewed 5 days ago

Delightful place to eat at very reasonable prices. Full meal -- Sunday roast deal on Sundays. Soups and sandwiches plus salads and tasty desserts. Never a problem finding a place to sit. Clean restrooms. Have come back here for years.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ret48
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited a couple of years ago we decided to return as we enjoyed our previous visit. We went for breakfast and had a lovely pastry, toast and marmalade plus coffees. Everything was good and reasonably priced. We enjoyed breakfast so much we went back...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank AngieP49
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in for a coffee after visiting theNational Gallery. The coffee and cake were really tasty. Hot food was on offer which appeared tasty. The atmosphere was calm and friendly. I was fascinated by the floor of the crypt which was inlaid with memorials. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank -123-Jayne-456
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've walked by the entrance many times but recently went in at the suggestion of a friend and I wish I'd gone in sooner. A big peaceful space, ideal for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake or something more filling and a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Sue R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We always pop into the Crypt Cafe when in central London. The atmosphere, brought alive by the old arches, provides a wonderful backdrop. We normally have the soup and apple crumble with tea; the soup rates about 3.5 out of 5, the apple crumble with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Thomas-GenevieveH
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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
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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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
10 July 2016|
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Response from Nicholas B | Property representative |
Dear GaleN356, Thank you for your question. Our concerts generally start at 7.30pm with the doors opening at 7.00pm. I would recommend arriving at the café for around 6.00pm in order to have plenty of time to enjoy your... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • 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
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 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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