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Rochelle Canteen at the ICA (Café)

Restaurants, Cafés The Mall
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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A casual café inside The Institute of Contemporary Art.

Upstairs, Rochelle Bar and Canteen is a swish dining room serving modern British fare; downstairs, it’s a casual café where people work and lunch with their laptops. The café feels like a lovely London secret: in a central location (inside the Institute of Contemporary Art), with friendly staff, great food and a peaceful atmosphere that’s kind of like your local library, but much cooler.

I had an excellent flat white (the coffee is from Caravan) and a cheese toastie made with two huge slices of sourdough, sauerkraut and a single pickle – it was crunchy, greasy cheese-toastie-perfection. Two little pyramids of amaretti were delicious: crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. The natural light and all-white tables, walls and chairs make this place an airy, minimal spot for lunch with a date, friend, parent or textbook. Browse the gallery and come here for a bite if you’re not in the mood for a fancy feed upstairs. Hot tip: book ahead and you don’t have to pay the gallery’s £1 entry fee (save that money for your coffee).

By: Kelly Pigram



Address: Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
St James's
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Lunch for two with drinks and service: £25.
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