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Regency Cafe is an iconic and extremely popular eatery serving a range of light meals and snacks.

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Mon-Fri 07:00-14:30 & 16:00-19:00
Sat 07:00-12:00
Sun closed

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By Ben J.

I first visited the regency back in April. The service from the lady was impeccable, her voice echoed around the cafe ordering you to return to collect your food. Most recently I visited on a Saturday where a guy was calling the orders, rude and unhelpful are a couple of words I could use to describe him. Because the coffee that I ordered was slow to come through he said to go sit down to save cluttering up the end of the counter waiting ! our order was made wrong, we never received our drinks and we wasn't the only ones that this happened to but made you feel as though it was your fault. If you do intend to visit make it on a weekday and if the guy is serving turn around and walk out as there are many cafes in the city that service you better!


By Paul D.

Great 1950s-style greasy spoon which has featured in a number of films. More recently has become better known as the venue for a number of Defra 'farewell breakfasts'. Well-patronised by MPs and proper workers alike, who flock there for the simple but great fare. I'm particulaly partial to the bacon and mushroom doorstep sandwich. You'll know when your food has been cooked - no tannoy required (you'll understand...). Perhaps the only downside is that it's run by Spurs fans, as evidenced by the numerous now-yellowing photographs of 20th century 'glories'.


By Michelle C.

Step back in time and take a seat at Regency Cafe, a proper old school caff that’s cheap as chips and all the better for it.

The Venue
Located in a virtual no man’s land between St James’s Park and Pimlico tubes, Regency Cafe is one of the few eateries in an area filled with mostly flats. Once through the doors, you’ll feel almost immediately as if you’ve stepped back into the 1950s. Red and white checked curtains line the windows, yellow tiles cover the walls and brown plastic chairs mold to pale yellow Formica tables. Black and white photos of boxers and football teams, framed posters and pictures of the cafe throughout the years provide a bit of decoration, but overall it’s a very dressed down, come as you are environment.

The Atmosphere
To order, queue up along the counter, pay for your food and take a seat with your drink. Keep an ear open whilst you wait because when your food’s ready, they’ll call – loudly – from the counter, and you go and pick it up yourself, armed with paper napkins to protect your fingers from the hot plate. Although Regency Cafe is a very no-frills place, staff manage to keep things moving along speedily whilst still finding time to banter with first-timers and regulars, who seem to consist everyone from groups of locals popping in for tea and a chat to builders scarfing down breakfasts.

The Food
Although there are no real surprises on the menu, practically everything is under a fiver and portions are large. Breakfasts are popular, and for £5 you get eggs, bacon, sausage, beans or tomatoes, toast and tea or coffee, plus extras like black pudding, bubble and squeak and hashbrowns for another 90p. Pies and pasties (with chips and beans on the side) are £3.70, whilst jacket potatoes, salads, sandwiches and fish and chips are also available. Burgers (in a 4oz version for £2.10 or a 6oz version for £3.30) are meaty but not too thick, and come smothered with sauteed onions. Chips are £1.50 extra, but you get an enormous mountain for them and they’re crisp on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside. Food comes out as it’s cooked, so you might have to wait a bit longer than the rest of your group.

The Drink
No alcohol, but plenty of soft drinks (75p for a can) as well as some of the cheapest prices for hot drinks in Central London. Tea starts at 60p and you get a large size for 10p more, whilst hot chocolate and coffee are 90p for a regular and £1 for a large. Fitting in with the old school vibe, a small glass of milk is available for 60p and a large for £1.20.

The Last Word
Regency Cafe fast-but-friendly blast from the past where you can get a decent lunch for just a few pounds.