Traditional London Cafe – Regency Cafe, London

the regency cafe london window table

Traditional London Greasy Spoon Breakfast

We do love a traditional greasy spoon and we needed some sustenance before the Great British Beer Festival. So Regency Cafe it was.  Opened in 1946 on Regency Street, London, it borders Westminster and Pimlico so easy to reach by tube.  Regency Cafe is known as one of the best places in London for breakfast, so it would have been rude not to try it.

the regency cafe london outside

The interior tiling is original with newer Formica topped tables.  This is a proper traditional cafe with images of footballers and boxers looking down as you eat.  There are also copies of adverts and films which have been filmed here (Layer Cake and Rocketman amongst others)

Regency cafe London traditional greasy spoon cafe


the regency cafe london menu

the regency cafe london insideFood

Carbs were needed and carbs were ordered. Full breakfast with an addition of bubble and squeak.  £6.60 for Mrs F and corned beef, egg and chips £4.60 for Mr F and a tea for him as well – £1.10.

Regency cafe London traditional greasy spoon cafe

the regency cafe london condiments

Proper builders tea. Strong and just what was needed to wake us up.Regency cafe London traditional greasy spoon cafe

The quality here was excellent.  Herby sausage, a thick slab of bubble with chunks of cabbage as well as tasty beans and bacon.

Mr F was impressed with his corned beef, egg and chips.  A good portion and maybe a side of beans next time.
Regency cafe London traditional greasy spoon cafe


Traditional cafe with excellent service.  Quick turnover of tables so don’t panic when you see the queue. Tables were also cleaned quickly as well.  We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of ingredients with a special mention for the herbed sausage.

the regency cafe london window table


+ good grub
+ excellent location
+ the decor
– queue to order can be long

Regency cafe London traditional greasy spoon cafe

Where is Regency Cafe?

Regency Cafe
17-19 Regency St



Tube: St James’s Park/Victoria





I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

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