Food and drink
Cabinets displaying colourful goodies (biscuits, tarts, salads, pasta, pizza and more) stretch around two sides of the room. The sweet things and fresh-tasting pizzas are very keenly priced and tend to hit the spot – I’ve never been wowed by the breads baked next door, mind. Heartier hot dishes cover the likes of lasagne, aubergine parmigiana and osso buco and are generously portioned.
An ultra-glamorous granite and marble temple (with water feature) that nevertheless manages to be egalitarian and informal. Tourists love it, but so do locals.
The crowds and multiple service counters means things are often chaotic.
Central Soho, within easy walking distance of the shops of Carnaby and Oxford Streets, and the theatres of Shaftesbury Avenue.
It’s up to you: pay just a few pounds for coffee and cake, or go for the hot dishes that are still well under a tenner.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
- People watching
- Design and architecture