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 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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Cafe Below

The City
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Mansion House, Underground
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Yelp Reviews


3 out of 5 based on 14 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Cafe Below

4.0 out of 5 14 January 2015
by Sanj M.

They've had a bit of a reshuffle recently - gone is the school cafeteria style serving counter at the back, and here to stay is regular table service. It has slowed things down but on the whole I think this is a good thing for me: 1) extra time to make a more considered menu choice instead of panicking, and 2) no risk of my occasional bouts of clumsiness striking when I'm carrying a tray of...more

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

1.0 out of 5 31 March 2014
by Martina V.

It's places like these that make me dislike the 'optional surcharge' on food bills. It is situated in the basement of a church but that is really the only nice thing about this place. Apparently we arrived 'late' for a lunch since three dishes were already unavailable and the staff was obviously rushed to get us out asap; we were asked if we were ready to order three times (!) within two...more

4.0 out of 5 9 February 2013
by Ira B.

It's small, a bit cramped and eons away from all the bland chains at surface level. The canteen style was fun and the staff knowledgeable about the food and willing to adapt the dishes if there is something you don't want. I had the Mexican-spiced pulled brisket with guacamole, salad and roast potatoes (hold the focaccia) and it was divine - no pun intended! I forgot to pick up a glass for my...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

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