The Cloister Café

Opening Hours

We are usually open daily (apart from Saturdays) in the Church's 15th Century Cloister serving excellent coffee, tea, other soft drinks, house wines (a new wine list will be posted here soon) and monastic beers (click this link for a beer list). We also have a selection of first-class pies (they are really worth trying!) as well as cakes and snacks. The Cloister Café is also now open all day on Sundays, including throughout the afternoon.

Please note that this week the Cloister Café is open each day until Maundy Thursday evening (17th April 2014), but closed all day on Good Friday (18th April 2014). It is closed on Holy Saturday, and open on Easter Day. On Bank Holiday Easter Monday it is open between 10:00am and 4:00pm, and then open as normal again from the Tuesday of Easter week onwards.

Monday to Friday:
8:30am–7:30pm: Café open

Closed all day

9:30am–6:30pm: Café open

Hosting an event in the Cloister

Whether it is a post-wedding or post-baptism drinks reception, corporate event or a catered tour, we would be delighted to accommodate you. Whatever your budget may be, we will do our best to meet your requirements and ensure that your event is a success.

Please contact Ilaria De Virgiliis at the Parish office, either by clicking here to send an email or by calling +44 (0)20 7600 0440.

Click here for more information about the Parish Office.

Click here to email the Cloister Café directly.

Access to the Church

There are three main ways into the church:
  • The only way with step-free access is along the path from the West Smithfield square underneath the Elizabethan Gatehouse. There are only very minor changes in level on the way into the church this way.
  • The path through the Churchyard from Cloth Fair has a significant step up into the churchyard from Cloth Fair and a further small step up beyond that within the Churchyard itself. There is then a set of relatively steep steps down into the pathway from West Smithfield square. Please note, these steps do not have a handrail. The path through the Churchyard is therefore not suitable for anybody who would find any of these steps difficult to manage.
  • On some occasions, we open the doors of the North Porch of the church. These also provide access from Cloth Fair. However, immediately behind the doors are some very steep steps down to the floor level of the church (which is at the medieval level, quite a way below that of modern Cloth Fair). There are, however, handrails on these steps. Nevertheless, this access route would not be suitable for anybody who might have difficulties with steep steps.

Step-free access to the Church is therefore only along the path that leads to the West Door from West Smithfield square under the Elizabethan Gatehouse.

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