Afternoon Tea at Cafe in the Crypt, St. Martin in the Fields

London, UK
August 2016

Cafe in the Crypt is just a few minutes walk from Charing Cross Station.  To enter, you need to find the glass enclosed staircase and go downstairs (next to St. Martin in the Fields).  From there you will find the cafe space.  In one of the tucked in alcoves, you’ll find the afternoon tea space.

Advertised as an alternative afternoon tea within the crypt of St. Martin in the Fields, this tea was priced on par with a well known hotel tea.  I had my hopes up, but was disappointed.

They did have a cute tea set with the nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons” on it, which mentions St. Martin in the Fields.

When we walked in, we couldn’t find anyone.  So we had to go to the cafeteria counter of the cafe.  After that, we were shown to the alcove (that remained roped off) and relatively prompted served throughout.  Starting off with a glass of sparkling rose, we then received the food.

Also, the tea was in tea bags.  No further comment necessary.


We were pretty convinced that you could find all of this at the cafeteria counter.  The flavor really matched.  I really don’t have much to say about this tea, other than I would suggest passing on this one.

The bread was pretty stale on otherwise flavorless sandwiches.


Obviously the scones were over-baked and dry.


Strangely, the only passable sweet was the brownie covered in frosting and sprinkles.  Highly unappealing to look at, but relatively good in comparison (which is not saying much).


Another disappointing afternoon tea in London.  The food was not even close to what you would expect for the price, and the tea was tea bag tea.  The service was decent enough, and the location was interesting.  But even these aspects could not save this tea.  Just go to a cafe if you want bad tea and food.  It would be cheaper.

Tea 1/5, one choice, limited variety
Food 1/5
Atmosphere 2/5
Service 2.5/5
Overall 1.5/5 (rounding down)

Cafe in the Crypt
2:00pm to 6:00pm daily


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