8 Must-Visit Cafés for Christians in London: Sip, Savor, and Share

Imagine stepping into the welcoming warmth of a London coffee shop, not only within churches but also within Christian organizations, where the comforting scent of freshly brewed coffee wraps around you like an old friend's hug. I've always had a soft spot for these sacred spaces that hold the aroma of history and the promise of a perfect cup of coffee.

London's Christian café scene is where faith and flavour come together in a delightful union, and they've always been close to my heart. These are not just places for coffee; they're where stories are shared, friendships are formed, and moments of tranquillity are discovered.

Join me on a journey as we explore 8 must-visit Christian coffee shops in London, places where my personal love for cafés within Christian organizations blends seamlessly with the rich tapestry of faith and culture.

1. Café in the Crypt: St Martin-in-the-Fields Church

Historic Atmosphere: Café in the Crypt is set in the atmospheric depths of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, providing a unique and historic setting for your dining experience.

Centuries of History: Immerse yourself in the history of this 18th-century church while enjoying a meal in the heart of London.

Tranquil Escape: It offers a peaceful retreat from the city's hustle and bustle, making it an ideal place to unwind.

Diverse Menu: Enjoy a diverse menu, from traditional British dishes to international flavours, ensuring there's something for every palate.

Live Music: Experience live classical and jazz performances on selected days, enhancing your visit with musical charm.

Central Location: Conveniently situated in Trafalgar Square, Café in the Crypt is easily accessible for both locals and tourists.

2. Host Café: Where History and Culinary Delights Unite

Aesthetic Delight: Set within a breathtakingly beautiful church, Host Café combines spiritual serenity with culinary indulgence. It's a space where you can relish the visual charm as much as the flavours.

Abundant Seating: Finding a seat is a breeze at Host Café, creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for all visitors.

Satisfying Sandwiches: The focaccia sandwiches at Host Café are renowned for their generous portions. Sharing one might be the smart choice, as they are incredibly filling.

Beverage Selection: From a nice pot of tea to a refreshing cold drink, Host Café caters to a variety of beverage preferences.

Immerse in History: While you savor your meal, take the time to explore the church's rich history. It was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and boasts astounding plasterwork on the ceiling.

Location: Host Café, located near St. Paul's Cathedral, offers not only delightful culinary experiences but also a chance to immerse yourself in the captivating history and architectural beauty of the church. With affordable pricing and a variety of seating options, it's a must-visit for those seeking a perfect blend of history and flavour.

3. St. James's Piccadilly: Redemption Roasters

A Historical Haven: Situated on Jermyn Street, Redemption Piccadilly offers a unique blend of historical charm and contemporary calmness.

A Touch of Elegance: This café is located in the heart of St. James's, a district renowned for its elegance and class. St. James's has long been associated with London's elite and its cultural heritage.

Timeless Serenity: Take a respite from the bustling activities of London's popular shopping district and discover a piece of the city's serene history.

Spacious Seating: With seating for up to thirty-five people, including a spacious mezzanine area and garden seating, it invites you to unwind and reflect in an atmospheric setting.

Sip and Savor: Enjoy Redemption's speciality coffees, each sip resonating with the rich history of this distinguished neighbourhood, alongside a delectable selection of freshly-baked pastries and cakes.

Central and Iconic: Located in the heart of Piccadilly, this café pays homage to the legacy of St. James's, providing a captivating experience that seamlessly weaves together past and present.

4. St. Mary-le-Bow Church: Café Below

Historical Significance: Café Below is nestled in the heart of the financial district, just a stone's throw from St. Mary-le-Bow Church, celebrated for its stunning steeple, and for many, it's the unmistakable sound of a Cockney.

A Feast for the Senses: As you step into the café, the alluring aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the fragrance of mouth watering pastries create an inviting atmosphere. The cafe's culinary offerings match the service's historical and architectural significance. In a world of impersonal chain restaurants, Café Below is a genuine jewel where flavour, history, and hospitality converge into a memorable experience.

Lunchtime Retreat: Whether you're seeking a brief respite from the demands of the workday or a leisurely lunch, Café Below offers a delightful selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, pastries, pancakes and cakes.

Historic Elegance: The café's interior reflects the historical elegance of the church, paying homage to centuries of tradition and creating an ambience that beautifully marries the past with the present.

Hidden Tranquillity: Despite being located in the bustling financial district, this café offers a concealed oasis for those in pursuit of a moment of serenity, delicious food, and rich history.

Central Location: Situated near St. Paul's Cathedral, in the heart of the city, St. Mary-le-Bow Café is easily accessible, making it a favourite among city workers and visitors alike.

5. All Hallows by the Tower Church: Byward Kitchen & Bar

Historical Landmark: Located near the Tower of London, this church has a history spanning over a millennium, making it one of London's oldest and most storied landmarks.

Unique Dining Experience: The Byward Kitchen & Bar, nestled within the church's historic setting, offers a distinctive fusion of tradition and contemporary dining, creating a truly unique experience.

Central Location: Positioned near key attractions like the Tower of London and the River Thames, it's easily accessible to tourists and locals, providing a serene escape from the city's buzz.

Culinary Delights: The Byward Kitchen & Bar presents a diverse menu, with traditional British dishes and international flavors, ensuring a delightful dining experience.

Historic Ambiance: Your dining experience unfolds amidst the church's ancient architecture, creating a backdrop that resonates with centuries of history.

Cultural Enrichment: The church hosts a range of cultural events and live music performances, adding an extra layer of charm and cultural richness to your visit.

Supporting a Legacy: All Hallows by the Tower Church has a longstanding history of community outreach and charitable work. Your visit to the Byward Kitchen & Bar contributes to this legacy of compassion.

6. Wesley's Café London - Central Hall Westminster

Inclusive Venue: Central Hall Westminster, originally constructed for Methodist Church use, was also designed to be a welcoming public meeting place for people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Culinary Diversity: Wesley's Café caters to a wide array of tastes and preferences, offering a variety of food and refreshments throughout the day. Choices include full English breakfasts, sandwiches, and hot lunches prepared at the chef's live cook station.

Sweet Delights: Complement your visit with a range of freshly made cakes, courtesy of our on-site baker. These delectable treats pair perfectly with our coffee, provided by London roaster Union Coffee, and Birchall Teas. You'll also find a selection of cold beverages for your enjoyment.

Market Stall Wednesdays: Make Wednesdays special with their weekly Market Stall, where you can explore new culinary delights or create your own customized lunch. It's an opportunity to satisfy your taste buds with something new and exciting.

Central Location: Situated in the heart of Westminster, Central Hall Westminster is easily accessible for both locals and visitors. It's not just a venue; it's a place where people from diverse backgrounds can come together to enjoy great food and warm hospitality.

7. The Royal Foundation of St Katharine: Yurt Cafe

Hidden Gem Recommendation: Yurt Café is a hidden culinary gem within walking distance of Canary Wharf, the Thames Pathway, Whitechapel Gallery, and some of the capital's liveliest streets. 

Varied and Delicious Menu: We recommend the Yurt Café for its diverse menu, which includes options for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Whether you're craving a light and healthy breakfast like granola with coconut yoghurt or a hearty full English breakfast, they have you covered.

Lunchtime Excellence: For a quick and satisfying lunch, the Yurt Café offers mouth watering options such as fresh, house-made salads, delicious paninis, and freshly prepared soups.

Refreshing Beverages: The café provides a range of refreshing iced coffees and cold drinks to complement your meal. It's the perfect spot to quench your thirst and enjoy your food in a tranquil setting.

A Tranquil Escape: Yurt Café is a peaceful retreat in the heart of London, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing meal amidst the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Our recommendation for the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine Yurt Café stems from its diverse menu, and convenient location, making it a delightful culinary discovery for those exploring the city.

8. The Salvation Army Headquarters: Café 101

Central Location: Located in the heart of the City, near iconic landmarks like St. Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, Café 101 is a hidden gem. It's your gateway to a delightful dining experience amidst the vibrant city.

Open to All: Café 101 welcomes the public with open arms, making it a true hidden treasure. Here, you can enjoy great food at affordable prices in a relaxed and inviting environment.

Culinary Delights: The café offers a diverse menu, ensuring there's something for every palate. From a delightful cup of coffee to delicious cakes, pastries, and hot snacks, it's the ideal spot for a quick treat.

A Substantial Meal: If you're looking for a more substantial meal, Café 101 has you covered. Indulge in a satisfying dining experience that won't break the bank.

Exhibition Space: Adjacent to the café is an exhibition space that hosts regularly changing displays. It's a place where art and culture intersect, providing an extra layer of charm to your visit.

Café 101 at The Salvation Army Headquarters is a culinary oasis in the heart of London, offering great food, affordability, and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you're in the mood for a quick snack, a hearty meal, or a dose of culture, it's a perfect choice for all.

At the end of your day of exploration in London, whether it's walking the city's vibrant streets or taking in the sights on a tour, you can always count on The Highbury Centre to provide a welcoming oasis. Unwind in the comfort of your room with a soothing cup of tea or coffee, find peace in one of our relaxed garden lounges, or seize the opportunity to connect with fellow travellers from across the globe. Your journey in London is not just about the places you visit; it's also about the moments you create, and The Highbury Centre is here to ensure those moments are nothing short of memorable.


1st November 2023

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