The Photographers' Gallery Café

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Tucked away near bustling Oxford Circus, the Photographers’ Gallery café is the ideal hideaway from the shopping mile's stressful business. There's no music in the quiet space. Instead, a video wall shows a rotating selection of photographs, depicting serene Scandinavian landscapes and colourful impressionistic patterns.

Run by Lina Stores (the Italian deli in Soho), the gallery café serves a selection of salads, sandwiches, tortillas and cakes. A pancetta tortilla was firm, the cured meat's saltiness nicely pairing with the eggy potato base. The salads on offer are no rabbit food: a couscous salad was dotted with chickpeas, tomatoes and courgettes, while the bean salad was mixed with big chunks of roasted vegetables. The best salad was a rice and courgette mix, sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and offering a refreshing minty kick.

It's worth leaving some space for the excellent cakes: amaretti brownies were crusty on the outside, yet gooey in the centre and tasted strongly of bitter almonds. Equally good was a blueberry and vanilla muffin which burst with fresh blueberries.

It may not be an obvious destination, but to many this little café may prove to be a welcome retreat from a busy shopping trip.

Venue name: The Photographers' Gallery Café
Address: 16-18 Ramillies St
Opening hours: Open: 9am-6pm Mon-Wed; 9am-8pm Thur; 9am-6pm Fri; 10am-6pm Sat; 11.30am-6pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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The choked-up area around Oxford Circus generally suffers from a dearth of safe places away from the hustle and bustle. The Photographer's Gallery Cafe is a small haven amidst the madness. It's almost always easy to get a spot, there's a lovely reflective atmosphere, and they do great tea and cakes. It is a tad on the pricier side for a cafe, but not unreasonable.