The Photographers' Gallery Café

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The Photographers' Gallery Café

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.