Would you ever dine inside an 18th Century crypt?

Someone had the brilliant (or slightly morbid) idea to convert the crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields into a cafe. Thus, Cafe in the Crypt was born. Those who are not afraid of dining with departed souls can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner in the crypt. Prices are fairly affordable and the food is locally-sourced. Oh, and water – be it plain, cucumber-flavoured, or lemon-flavoured – is free!

Entrance to the Crypt
Entrance to the Crypt to the left of the church (when facing church)

A flight of stairs will lead you to the crypt where all is brightly-lit to around beautiful brick arches and ceilings. There are some tombstones, but not as many as most crypts.

Cafe in the Crypt
Cafe in the Crypt

Across from me was the Apse, where guests can dine alone or with friends or family for more privacy. Across from my feet was a worn tombstone in memory of Mary Austen, who passed away 7 December 1787 at age 26. It was sad to think that poor Mary left the world so young before Christmas while I, just slightly older than her (for she will always be 26), enjoyed a hearty Christmas Eve lunch above her. Rest in peace, Mary.

Inside the Crypt
Inside the Crypt

Unless you are particularly sensitive at cemeteries and crypts, I assure you this place was a sanctuary for all.


Address: Trafalgar Square

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Tues: 8:00-20:00
Wed: 8:00-22:30
Thurs-Sat: 8:00-21:00
Sun: 11-18:00