Regency Café

Britta Jaschinski

Feast on stodgetastic dishes such as steak pie with chips and gravy, jacket potatoes and classic fry-ups at this old-school London caff.

Behind its black-tiled art deco exterior, this classic caff has operated on the quiet Westminster/Pimlico borders since 1946. Customers sit on brown plastic chairs at Formica-topped tables, watched over by muscular boxers and Spurs stars of yore, whose photos hang on the tiled walls. Lasagne, omelettes, salads, baked potatoes, every conceivable cooked breakfast (the chunky bangers are especially fetching) and mugs of tannin-rich tea are meat and drink to the Regency. Stodgetastic own-made specials include steak pie – the thick pastry hiding tender meat in a tomatoey sauce, served with serviceable chips, thick gravy, and peas that might well have seen the inside of a tin. Still hungry? The improbably gigantic cinnamon-flavoured bread and butter pud will see you right for the rest of the week.


Venue name: Regency Café
Address: 17-19 Regency St
Opening hours: Meals served 7am-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 7am-noon Sat
Transport: Tube: St James’s Park tube or Victoria tube/rail
Price: Main courses £2.55-£6.55

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Jack W

Without over-intellectualizing a fry up, what I love most about Regency is its honesty. Great food, fairly priced in a great setting. Suspect this place has hardly changed in 50 years and there's something about that that's a little bit wonderful.Can't wait to go back.

Ted C

Great place-a simple cafe that is clean and bright that pumps out cafe food and is combined with unique old school london service (listen carefully for your order!). Lovely interior/exterior that has been used in photo shoots and was also in the movie Layer Cake-see if you can spot it (no googling!). Wish I could get there more often but I moved jobs...


It is what it is. A simple cafe offering normal food at reasonable prices.And it does it very very well. Set your expectations at the right level and this place will never fail to satisfy. Maybe the best way to describe it is this - it is perfectly balanced.