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Candid Cafe

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3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, England
+44 20 7837 4237
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Showing 37: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I almost hate myself for writing this. This place has been my favourite secret hideout in London for over 10 years, and selfishly, I'd quite like it to stay that way! I used to hide in here for hours with my friends having red wine and chocolate cake, with full confidence that no one would ever find us. This is... More 

Thank Manolinni
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

"Where are you taking me???", said my friend. I was taking her to Candid Cafe for our pre-theatre meal. My friend could not believe that there is a cafe on the 2nd floor. The stairs leading up to the cafe were dimly lit. When we got to the 2nd floor, there was a sign that read 'Candid Cafe. You've made... More 

Thank matrix_irene
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

I reluctantly leave this review cause this place is so great I don't want people running it! But truth is they do deserve a very good review, so here it is. Nice ambience, nice staff, nice tea, nice crowd, nice place. There's nothing not to like about Candid if you're the right kind of person for this place. Love its... More 

2 Thank Anna_Morgana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

Well, where do I start! I arrived at this café really impressed by the look of the outside garden. However the weather would not permit me to risk sitting outside and I had made a reservation for a meeting with friends for the day. As I walked up to stairs I must say I was very shocked at the state... More 

Thank Youthwise
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96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

upstairs on a cold day or the courtyard on a sunny one, this is a good escape from central london. bohemian decor, friendly staff, reasonable, healthy food.

Thank dan w
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

On their website, it says £12 for a bottle of house red wine. When I went to pay, it was £17. I told the girl who served me and her response was 'oh, I don't know about the website'. They should update the site or not have a menu online at all.

1 Thank BiffTreehorn
London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2015

What a very strange place this is. You climb two flights of narrow stairs in an undistinguished back-street building, go through the door and find yourself in a mock-gothic room with candelabras on a huge dining table and lots of small candle-lit tables round the side. It is like straying into a film set. A perfect place for a Christmas... More 

1 Thank Slaphead66
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Only visited here for coffee, but would definitely sample the food. Spacious and refreshingly different in its` decor. Good variety of seating and tables. Friendly staff. I wish there were more cafes like this instead of the boring, overpriced chains. A great find.

Thank jackie f
Dublin, Ireland
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123 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Joined a co worker for lunch and stumpled up to this second floor gem in Islington. Decor is hipster retro and there is the option of joining the long table or more private single tables. Surprising collection of eclatic object d'art and the sandwiches made fresh to order with plenty of salad we're spot on.

1 Thank Eugene1958
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Perfect tea and cake, earl grey and pear frangipan. Lovely quirky decor and relaxed atmosphere, well worth the climb up the stairs!

Thank cb1002014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:30
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7837 4237

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?