Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London
An extraordinary café for an extraordinary church. Praised by the Financial Times as ‘probably among the nicest in England’, the Cloister Café at Great St Bartholomew’s offers treats such as smoked salmon, pies, scones with cream and jam, and a selection of monastic beers, all to be enjoyed at a table in the 15th century cloister. The church claims to be London’s oldest, in continuous use since 1143. It was restored in the late-nineteenth century by Sir Aston Webb, architect of the Admiralty Arch and the main building of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has featured in numerous films and TV programmes including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Sherlock Holmes and Muppets: Most Wanted.