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St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Crypt

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
+44 20 7766 1100
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good47%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Soups, Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

I invariably meet friends here when I go to London as I did last Monday. We had good coffee and sandwiches at lunchtime. Before I caught my train back to Sussex in the evening I decided to have supper there too. I was really disappointed....More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed yesterday

Don't miss the Cafe in the Crypt when you are visiting London, located in the basement of St. Martin in the Fields church, beside the British National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The location is unique, sitting on tombstones to eat your meal. Great jazz on...More

Thank William E
Reviewed 3 days ago

Invited friends for a lunch , but highly embarrassed by the awful fare. Three of us had salads, quinoa sprouts dry and tasteless, three-bean floating in a dish of slop, and fennel so hard that in cutting it we all ended with spatter on our...More

Thank Marmite-eater
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We've been here a couple of times and are always surprised that in an area densely packed with tourists, this place always has plenty of free tables. The food is quite good, and relative to how expensive it is to eat out in London, pretty...More

Thank Bryan W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Almost a hidden gem, this cafe is under the church - and on the days I visited, it wasn't packed at lunchtime. Food was reasonable (although I found the soups needed more salt!). It was also not over expensive for its location - with profits...More

Thank OnTheCoastAl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So a regular here and food is always pretty good, however the sheer arrogance of the waitress who decided to shout rules at us across the outdoor cafe left me feeling a little bemused. In fairness her Team Leader, Juan I believe was great and...More

Thank Londonstevo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafeteria-style cafe is in the basement of St. Martin in the Fields Church. Has great ambiance and wonderful food with a wide selection. Cafeteria style, go-through-the-line service. I would highly recommend. This is just across the street from Trafalgar Square and there is a...More

Thank Murphy5708
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always dine here once whenever I am in London. Lovely place to fill up and to take a break from all the walking. I ordered pork, purple onions and broccoli at 10.99 pounds. Portion is quite large. I could request to change the chips...More

Thank Kim025Singapore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place some time ago and now visit at least once when we visit London. We usually have the Soup and Pudding combo. Large bowl of hearty soup with an "old school" pudding. This time apple and rhubarb crumble with your own jug...More

Thank Charles_and_Susan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good. Buffet style and there were options for all of us. The food portions were generous. The ceiling and atmosphere were amazing.

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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
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through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Vanesa M
Hello! I need to know if you have Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free and vegetarian options on the menu. And also if I can book a table for 4 persons for the 24th December, evening. Thanks, Vanessa
13 December 2016|
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Response from Elena D |
The Cafe in the Crypt definitely has a choice of a vegetarian hot main dish every day, same goes for the Christmas dinner. Gluten-free is a bit trickier, as some days there is a GF option, and some days there isn't. It's... More
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GaleN536
How early should we arrive for a pre-concert meal (evening).
11 July 2016|
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Response from Nicholas B | Property representative |
Dear GaleN356, Thank you for your question. Our concerts generally start at 7.30pm with the doors opening at 7.00pm. I would recommend arriving at the café for around 6.00pm in order to have plenty of time to enjoy your... More
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Dorothy1234
Hi, do you make items that do not have any nut products? We will be eating there with our two teen children who are allergic to nuts (They are too old for kids menu). Thank you!
2 July 2016|
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Response from Nicholas B | Property representative |
Yes! We have plenty of dishes that do not contain nuts, however this will depend on the day of visit and specific menu that day. Hello Dorothy - We ensure that all of our dishes have allergens highlighted on the menu so... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Serves Alcohol, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
Monday
08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 18:30
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7766 1100
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Description
The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London. Locals and visitors from around the world return again and again to take in the striking atmosphere and enjoy the freshly prepared food. The Café is the perfect place to escape from a busy day out in the capital. Whether taking a break from the office or the tourist trail, the Café's location in the heart of Trafalgar Square makes it easy to find and its modern glass pavilion entrance is fully accessible. Once inside the Crypt there is a warm welcome awaiting you with beautiful 18th century architecture brick-vaulted ceilings, historic tombstones beneath your feet and delicious home-cooked food to feast your eyes and stomach on. Don't forget to check out the popular Wednesday night Jazz Nights. Our food is freshly prepared on-site using ingredients from local and national sustainable sources where possible and at great value. With hot and cold mains, cakes, sandwiches, salads and the perfect afternoon tea, there is something for everyone in this award-winning café.
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