Café Below

Restaurants , British Mansion House
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A City café that’s a cut above for quality, ambition, and the setting – a Grade I-listed Christopher Wren church.

NOTE: Café Below ia now open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. The Time Out Food and Drink Editors

Anyone born within hearing range of St Mary-le-Bow’s bells is, by tradition, a bona fide Cockney. Christopher Wren’s church stands amid the City hubbub, and its crypt now houses this unpretentious café. It’s a breakfast and lunch spot only, with an open kitchen that works its way from bacon sarnies and french toast in the morning to a daily changing roster of substantial rustic grub – beef bourguignon, fish pie, jerk chicken – come midday. 

For years this was a vegetarian café, and veggie classics with a twist are still offered. Feta, olive and yellow courgette were encased in a nicely wobbly quiche with a crisp top and an unfortunately soggy base; crunchy roast potatoes and a tangle of salad leaves rounded off the plate. Puddings could feature zesty coconut lime tart or divine chocolate chestnut cake. Square Mile suits and consumers from the One New Change shopping centre throng in for takeaways or to eat in the high-arched canteen.

The new East End makes an appearance with London Fields Brewery beers and Allpress coffee. In summer, ascend the weathered flagstone steps to take secular communion with a cuppa outdoors in the churchyard.


Venue name: Café Below
Address: St Mary-le-Bow Church
Opening hours: Meals served 7.30am-2.30pm Mon, Tue; Wed-Fri 7:30am-9pm
Transport: Tube: Mansion House
Price: Main courses £6-£10
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I love this place... breakfast is such a treat - great place for a meeting and lunch is just what you want.... healthy delicious and won't break the bank. The staff are really friendly too and I like seeing the food being freshly prepared... a bit of chef theatre.

Accepts Time Out Card

Complimentary glass of wine with lunch

Complimentary glass of house red or white wine with lunch. Booking essential, please quote your Time Out Card. Must order a minimum of 2 courses each. Maximum party size of 6 people.

This offer can be redeemed on week days between 11:30am and 2:30pm. Don’t have a Time Out Card? Get yours here.