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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 and European 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!

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Cheapside, The City, London, EC2V 6AU

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+44 (0)20 7329 0789

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Cafe Below

The City
+44 (0)20 7329 0789
Public transport:
Mansion House, Underground


3 out of 5 based on 12 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Cafe Below

4.0 out of 5 5 June 2014
by Ben V.

Below is definitely an above average lunch place. My sea bass was perfectly cooked and the new potatoes with a light lemony oil drizzle where excellent. The honeycomb ice cream was just perfect. Everything very fresh and simple, which I kind of expected when I saw the open kitchen coming into the restaurant.

Its located in a kind of church crypt. My new favorite lunch place whenever I'm...more

2.0 out of 5 13 July 2009
by Caren H.

I was so disappointed because I went to the website and was convinced that I was going to have an elegant and inspiring lunch. The salad on the website with the elequent pitcher of dressing made me think linen tablecloths in a light and airy dining room. Even walking in, I was digging the graphics of the bright green signs leading me down below. I even loved the typeface on the menus and...more

3.0 out of 5 30 June 2009
by Phil R.

...a church, in case you were wondering.

Not that you were, since Molly and Larissa have both mentioned it. But hey, maybe you're reading this first. Who am I to judge?

Actually, that's what I'm meant to be doing. Only I'm judging the gaff, not you. So.. why three stars?

It's a really nice place and is perfect for the city. They've used the space really well and there's a nice outside...more

3.0 out of 5 22 April 2009
by Larissa G.

Before this afternoon, it would be fair to say that you would only see me in a church if I had a geeky, medievalist reason to be there. But now, you could add 'eating in converted crypts' to the list.

I've wanted to visit the Place Below for a while and finally got around to doing it with fellow Yelper Molly K!

I have to say, the atmosphere of the crypt in St Mary le Bow Church was quirky...more

4.0 out of 5 22 April 2009
by Molly R.

Had a great lunch today here with Larissa D -- got to love working lunches with Yelpers. In my continuing quest to find decent grub within a close walk to my office, I was intrigued by The Place Below which is situated in the basement of a church. The owner of this restaurant has two others, both of which operate below churches. This guy is onto something!

The food is vegetarian and healthy...more