Cafe in the Crypt, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church describes itself as “. . . a vibrant, open and inclusive church at the heart of London.”

They’re also internationally known for celebrating music and the arts.

“This premiere London concert venue has been at the heart of the capital’s music making for over 250 years. From performances by Handel and Mozart during the 18th century through to the founding of the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the 1950s to today when St Martin’s hosts some of the finest ensembles, choirs and soloists in Britain. Experience music from the Baroque and Classical periods to music from the 20th and 21st centuries performed in the beautiful candelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.”

We went to St. Martins twice, but never made it out of the Crypt!

The best thing about Cafe in the Crypt is the architecture and ambiance. Second is food. Third, not so great, is staff that at times appeared to be confused.

After passing through the cafeteria-like line with trays (no table service), we found a table. If it’s your first time in the Crypt, don’t do what we did and take one of the first available tables.

There are a couple other dining areas: one in a cool, round alcove with high-tops for two around the perimeter (semi-private and romantic), and the other in a larger room reached by going through a short hallway at either side of the main room. This room feels a little like a gallery – more sophisticated – less “touristy”.

We had a “Cream Tea” (Scone, Cornish Clotted Cream and Jam – £3.90) and Coffee or Tea (£1.60) one day, and went back for “Afternoon Tea” (a Scone, Cornish Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam, a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Cake, Madeira Cake and Tea or Coffee) a couple days later.

To get to the Crypt, go to the left side of the church and look for the very cool cylindrical glass structure. You can either take the elevator or circular stairs down a floor. Walk through the gift shop (of course), into the Cafe, and head to the left.

Epicurean Notes:

  • We were told by two separate locals that mostly tourists go to the Crypt because it’s in all the guide books. But, not a lot of Londoners know about it. Not sure if this is true or not, but there did seem to be a lot of tourists, including us, here.
  • Free Wi-Fi in the Cafe (no password)

Cafe in the Crypt
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, United Kingdom
+44 20 7766 1158