Cafe Below

St Mary le Bow Church, Cheapside, London, United Kingdom, EC2V 6AU
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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, 16 August 2019

Another lovely lunch and good service. Thanks.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Great location, good food and excellent service - try it!

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Extremely delicious food for vegetarians and meat eaters. Very attentive service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 July 2019

The food is excellent and the service is efficicent yet very friendly and accommodating. The only downside is that it gets Very noisy! Those lovely stone vaults give a charming atmosphere, but, together with lovely ancient flagstones, are unforgiving! At least there is no "music"!

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 July 2019

The food as always was excellent. I had a little trouble getting into to my seat given the proximity of a pillar and an adjacent table.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Surprised not to have a “full English “ option? Also, no ability to poach an egg?

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Visited On Monday, 01 July 2019

Consistently excellent. Glad to see the outside section open again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Amazing place! One of my favourites in all of London!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Unique place and great food!

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Great value, great service. A hidden gem.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

It was really fun for place to eat and meet as a group of creative writers from Birkbeck college reunited by our beloved tutor after several years. Some of us successful writers me a sculptor all pursuing some form of the arts.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Always a pleasure dining at the Cafe Below. Staff are always very friendly and efficient, the food is always good and it’s a lovely setting.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

slightly lacking in ambience at 2pm on a Thursday afternoon (possibly something to do with the current renovations as I have seen it buzzing at other times). Great service; efficient but not overbearing. Cannot really comment on food or cost as we only had coffee and I didn't pay but menu looked good and I would return.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 June 2019

I’ve been a huge fan of the Cafe Below for years and everyone I take has usually never been before and thoroughly enjoys the experience. It was the same for our party of Seven on Wednesday. Thank you!

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Lovely find, will be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

food and service were both good

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Such a nice differentiated place to eat vs all the chains in/around One New change. Historic and beautiful location, delicious fresh food with new menus, helpful and attentive staff.

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Visited On Monday, 20 May 2019

Very nice food if you like pescetarian dishes

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Visited On Thursday, 16 May 2019

A hidden gem!

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Excellent lunch once again! Been a few weeks since I have popped in and you reminded me you are one of top favourites in the City. Thank you again for all your hard work, delicious lunch and great service, V

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Always a really enjoyable experience!

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Food was lovely and great environment

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Having booked a table I would have expected at least some of the MAIN courses available to us. When we arrived at 1:10pm we were told there were no MAIN courses left. Would advise that if customers take the trouble to book then keep at least that number of mains to serve. We ordered starters instead and decided against ordering anything else.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Lovely atmosphere, good food and impeccable service. I expected the venue to be a lot smaller than it was and pleasantly surprised, a good size. Thank you for a wonderful lunch!

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