Cafe Below

London, England

4.2 / 3 votes

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Underground lunch place in the city

Formerly vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the city, they have a separate coffee/tea bar and take great pride in their coffee. They are no longer fully vegetarian, however.

Residing in the crypt of an old church (it was rebuilt after the great fire of London in 1666) the atmosphere is not as creepy as it could be. The food is really well presented and generally really good.

They feature a hot main dish each day, some soups, desserts, and a number of large filling salads. Free jugs of water are available on the tables.

The prices are reduced for take away orders and if you dine-in at off-peak hours (which are defined as between 12:00 and 13:30). They also serve breakfast until 11:30 each day.

Added by Sean Scott on Apr 14 05 (last updated Nov 2 09)

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A really interesting find is Cafe Below (formerly The Place Below). It is in the crypt of a church, St. Mary-le-Bow. Lucky me, I was taking an architecture class and my tutor took me right to the church! No searching for me. Anyways, it's a vegetarian cafe/restaurant in the crypt of this very old church. Creeppy! Guess we should not praise seitan then, huh?

Their menu changes daily, so get ready to be surprised!

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Rather lovely little spot, well hidden I suppose. A really nice, for the most part health meal for lunch. Small but nice beer selection. They were helpful in picking out good vegan items even though I had shown up late. Sadly no vegan deserts.

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The City (the square mile)


Between Mansion House and Bank stations, the church is on Cheapside but you need to go into the church and down the stairs to find this place.

No Reservations

Not Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • Moroccan
  • English


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Outdoor Seating


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7:30am - 3pm

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