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by Karen Grikitis (subscribe)
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Published July 18th 2012
If you happen to be near St Paul's Cathedral or Tate Modern on a weekday and feel peckish, then Cafe 101 is the place to go for lunch or a bite to eat.
Cafe, London, St Pauls, Tate Modern, lunch
Entrance to Cafe 101 on Peter's Hill with St Paul's Cathedral in the background
Located in the basement of the Salvation Army's modern, glass-walled International Headquarters building on Queen Victoria Street in the City of London, this spacious and wonderfully light and airy eatery provides a consistently high standard of food at reasonable prices, with friendly serving staff.

Open between 8.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, Cafe 101's regular menu items include quiches, baked potatoes, soup and burgers, cooked on the premises, or if you prefer something lighter, there are paninis, a salad
Cafe 101, London EC4V
Cafe 101's light, spacious interior
of the day, sandwiches and yoghurt pots. There is also a delicious range of cakes, scones and cookies, as well as the usual hot beverages. A salad and large mug of tea will typically set you back about £5.20.

City workers, tourists and Salvation Army employees are among the cafe's regular clientèle, and a steady turnover of customers means that it is not usually difficult to find somewhere to sit. Tables, whether the small, round, four-seater variety or the larger, communal wooden tables at one end of this large space, are kept meticulously clean, and customers clear away their own trays.

The design of the building, which
Cafe 101, London EC4V
View of Cafe 101 from the stairs leading down
was constructed in 2004, allows light to flood into Cafe 101, reflecting off the white interior, adding to the clean, fresh feel of the place. Despite being located in a bastion of the Salvation Army, there is little religious iconography in evidence, just some rather touching photos of people from around the organisations' worldwide operations.

Named Cafe 101 after 101 Queen Victoria Street, where the Salvation Army has had premises since 1881, it is easy to miss - the entrance is on the Peter's Hill side of the building on the approach to the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. The closest underground station is Mansion House on the district and circle lines – a five minute walk away - although St. Paul's (on the central line) and Blackfriars (district and circle) underground stations are only a few minutes' walk further away.
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Why? Great place to have lunch in the City of London
When: Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm
Phone: 020 7332 0101
Where: 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH
Cost: £5 - £10
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Went to Cafe 101 after Lord Mayor's show yesterday and the Staff remained calm & confident dealing with a queue that went back to the lift for 2 hours. They worked VERY hard and maintained their sense of humour. They are to be thanked and appreciated for all they did. THANK YOU to them from me, Kelvin.
by kelvi (score: 0|2) 2417 days ago
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