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Cafe Below

St Mary le Bow Church, Cheapside, London, United Kingdom, EC2V 6AU
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Opening Information

Breakfast - Mon-Fri 7.30am - 10.30am
Lunch - Mon-Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Cafe Below

In the atmospheric, mediaeval crypt of St Mary le Bow Church, the Cafe Below is a City institution. A quiet oasis from the hectic world above, serving a short menu of British dishes, with the occasional curry, the cafe has an ever changing seasonal menu. Being beneath the Bow Bells, naturally we are dedicated to all things London, so we source as locally as possible; our coffee is roasted in Hackney and our beer brewed in the East End. For breakfast, we are the perfect place for a moment of quiet before the day begins or a small or large business meeting, all with Homemade rye toast, River Farm smoked salmon, Brioche French toast and our own granola.

Jay Rayner hailed the cafe as being the "kind of restaurant any hectic city needs"; a quality driven, friendly place where you can meet mates, clients or colleagues, all in the unique setting of a Christopher Wren crypt!

Cuisine: British, Brunch
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Nice, peaceful place for a good quality lunch

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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

Outstanding service, we had a time limit and everything was done with time to spare but the food and service were excellent and not rushed

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

I love this place. It’s a hidden gem - with beautiful ever changing menu, great staff and good value.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

All good

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Something slightly different for a perfectly pleasant lunch. Rapid service

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

2nd visit will definitely be going again

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

Good food, nice setting and friendly service - a favourite of mine.

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

As my wife and I mentioned to the waiter who took great care of us, this is a fantastic place. The chicken pie with crushed potatoes and broccoli was absolutely perfect on a cold day and we just love this place!

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

Delicious bacon & eggs brekkie, good coffee and lovely setting with attentive staff - great start to a Monday morning. I'll be back...

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Everything was pretty much perfect! Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

An absolute gem! Took a friend for lunch who was over from Asia. I wanted to find a place that was a proper London experience but not either posh or a boring chain. We are both healthy, largely vegetarian eaters so the menu and quality was important. Cant believe I didn't know about Café Below, having passed the church and square so many times. The atmosphere is so calm and a great mix of a historic vs urban feel. The staff were really friendly and chilled, and the food was great - perfect for our style of eating. Great quality and taste. And all at a very reasonable cost. Being based at More London, this is a bit far for lunch but definitely worth the 20 min walk. I will be back soon! Thanks you :-)

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

sorry but the chairs were uncomfy, the tables too close together, i asked for crispy bacon it was wet and fatty, the toast was cold, the service was really slow & not too helpful - i asked for a larger table as the one offered was super cramped in - despite being more than 70% i was told no! sorry but I shan't return on this basis.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Rreally great food, fresh ingredients and good presentation. very attentive service too!

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Cafe Below is my go to place when I am in the city for breakfast, lunch or coffee. Its a great venue, extremely sensibly priced and best off the food is fantastic and the staff are so welcoming.

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Visited On Friday, 07 September 2018

4 stars for atmosphere as can be a bit chilly sometimes (but appreciate it's due to being in the crypt!) and 4 stars for value for money as slightly pricey....although very nice for a treaty lunch.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Food was fantastic and service was friendly and attentive. A great experience overall. Will definitely go back next time I am in London!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Nice atmosphere and food was good.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 September 2018

Lovely little hidden gem in the heart of the city! Feel good food (and prosecco!) and fast service. I think this place will soon be a favourite...

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The food was very tasty and healthy (or so it seemed!) The room is very noisy and this made conversation difficult. Service was a little slow, though the food arrived quickly it was difficult to attract the waitress's attention.

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Excellent all round, well done to all staff, I think you have it just right !

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Visited On Monday, 27 August 2018

We made a booking online. We got a confirmation email the day before in which we confirmed we were planning to go to our booking. On the day of the booking we made a special journey in to London to get to the location in time for our booking. When we go there it was shut and no one was answering the phone. Not impressed.

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Visited On Thursday, 23 August 2018

Best lunch spot in the city, excellent service and good food for a quick lunch.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 August 2018

Lovely setting, great food and wonderful service

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Visited On Thursday, 16 August 2018

Little gem, hidden away. Did not know about it. Service was good, food was tasty, pricing fair and all round a lovely experience. Could easily recommend

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Always love dining here

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