It looks like a perfectly reasonable place to take tea, in fact it appears quite cozy and inviting but behind the ambiance is a deep, dark secret. Very dark. Welcome to the Cafe in the Crypt. Yeah, you read that right, this cafe is located in what was once a crypt at the bottom of the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, which isn’t in a field as it goes, but across from the National Gallery in London.
Like many churches years ago, St. Martin’s once had a cemetery surrounding it but as London grew, the dead bodies were moved to underneath the church. Coffins were slid down the stairs and stacked one atop another. Mmmm, appetizing! So where diners sit now was once the resting place for dozens of dead people. No clue where they went but the cafe has done pretty well for itself, being named London’s Cafe of the Year in 2003 by Les Routiers. I was considering putting this stop on my London itinerary for next year but have read mixed reviews online. Some complain about the service and food quality, while others are more positive. If anyone has been to the Cafe and would like to add their two pence, please do.