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St Martin-in-the-Fields Cafe in the Courtyard

#5,750 of 17,932 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Covent Garden
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Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH, England
+44 20 7766 1100
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon 08:00 - 20:00
Tue - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Reading, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A really good reasonably priced restaurant in central London in an historic location. It is self service but a great place to eat

Thank eigbob
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

St Martin's now has a bit of the feel of a self-serve cafe that you may find in a work place or an airport. Since it was modernised it has lost the wonderful atmosphere that it used to have which is very sad. Having said that it is a large space and it is usually possible to get a table... More 

Thank Samanta E
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Down the stairs just next to the church and across the road from the National Gallery. Great food, a glass of wine, not expensive and a fantastic, almost eccentric, place to eat! I love it.

Thank TimJAth
Coleraine N Ireland
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Found Cafe in the Crypt...Wow! The setting, the surroundings, the staff and the FOOD....Wow amazing...give it a try you won't be disappointed ..

Thank 85Michelle85
London, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

If you are near Trafalgar Square or Charing Cross or the National Gallery, there is lovely hidden café under St Martin-in-the-fields. Once you are downstairs you will be in an atmospheric crypt with beautiful vaulted ceilings. It serves very good food; soup made on the premises, nice hot dishes that change from day to day, lovely cakes and biscuits and... More 

Thank Nicknicklambert
Ashland, United States
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Take the stairs in the glass kiosk next to St. Martin's in the Fields, down to Cafe in the Crypt. A quirky place in a fun setting, the food was a bit more expensive than you would expect for cafeteria style, but it was or reasonable quality and the profits go to the church so that helps. It was jam-packed... More 

Thank Sean O
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

The cafe is in a crypt so obviously not modern but the food is good. We just had tea and cake but people having a meal had a really good size and it still looked appetising at 3.30 pm.

Thank chrisatbracondale
Sydney, Australia
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228 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Eating at the courtyard cafe enables you to drink in the atmosphere around Trafalgar Square... it is quaint, classy, and gives the feeling of being in the British classes :) Enjoyable

Thank OzKK
Perth, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The crypt offers a relaxing place to have lunch or a cup of tea. A beautifully restored area, quiet but so close to National Gallery and the square. There is a wide selection to choose from and reasonably priced for such a central location.

3 Thank kogarah
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Ideal place whether it be for coffee & cake or lunch always fabulous selection of good food on offer at a reasonable price. Been there for quick snacks and for lunch and never disappointed.

5 Thank Angus_K52

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7766 1100
Whether looking for a tasty escape from a day in the office, shopping or sightseeing, the Cafe in the Courtyard is the ideal retreat. Set just off Trafalgar Square in the open terrace behind St Martin-in-the-Fields church, the Cafe in the Courtyard is the ideal spot to take away a coffee, sandwich or salad or the perfect central location to meet up with friends for lunch, afternoon tea or evening delights.

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