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Café in the Crypt

Restaurants, British Trafalgar Square
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
cafe in the crypt
Phil Ashley

Time Out says

A subterranean café underneath St-Martin-in-the-Fields (the church on Trafalgar Square), the setting here is certainly atmospheric – expect brick vaulted ceilings and tombstones beneath your feet. 

The food menu goes from traditional English breakfasts and scrambled eggs on toast to sandwiches and soups at lunch, afternoon tea and a daily-changing mains that might include options such as shepherd's pie, mince beef wellington or a spinach and feta filo bake. There's also a salad counter and special menus on Fridays and Sundays.

Keep an eye out for live jazz nights, too.



Address: St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
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The cafe in the church crypt located underneath the St Martin-in-the-Fields church looking onto Trafalgar Square is a beautiful space with brick-vaulted arches and gravestones on the floor. A self-service, cafeteria (tray style) cafe where you select the food you would like and pay at tills at the end

They have a generous display of great hot dishes, salads,desserts and refreshments. I highly recommend their apple crumble and custard, if you have a sweet tooth. The prices are very reasonable, great for a quick bite. 

Apparently there's have live jazz on Wednesdays! 


If you are near Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, St Martins Lane or the National Gallery, there is a lovely little hidden café underneath the St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

You enter by going downstairs in a circular glass structure in the wide alley just to the North of the church.

Once you are downstairs you will be in a large atmospheric crypt with beautiful arched vaulted ceilings. The acoustics are great, even when it is full you can hear your party's conversation without difficulty.

The floor is flagged with large stones and some very old gravestones.

It serves very good food; soup made on the premises, nice hot dishes that change from day to day, lovely cakes and biscuits and it is licensed, if you fancy a glass of wine with your lunch.

There is a good choice for vegetarians too.

If you a looking for somewhere that is right in the centre of tourist London that, perhaps, most tourists might miss, then this is just the place.

A real hidden gem!


What a good find. Excellent food, nice vegetarian option. Reasonable prices. Nice for cake or coffee too. A great hidden find.

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