Where in London can you get a full English for a fiver (well, £5.50 ($7 US) if we’re being pedantic) and visit the set of a movie? The answer is here at the Regency Cafe, a famous greasy spoon establishment made famous by such films as Layer Cake and magazine shoots for Vogue.
We took a short walk from Victoria coach station after arriving early in the morning from the midlands down the posh roads of Pimlico in search of a good old English breakfast. In an area as affluent as this you don’t expect to find a cafe like this amongst the Pret a Manger’s and the Caffe Nero’s, this is old school – and there’s a big line.
For the first 10 minutes or so of our experience at the Regency Cafe we got to admire the exterior – mainly due to the line being out the door. American tourists hovered around peeking through the windows and looking back at the line ‘maybe we’ll come back tomorrow, huh?’ they concluded. What many don’t realise is that the line moves very quickly thanks in large part to the flawless system they have going here. No one is allowed to sit down before they have ordered, don’t believe us? Well, there’s a sign…
Everyone comes here, from tourists to builders. The factors of price, quality and fame are the main draw but also watching the team work behind the counter like a well oiled machine. The system is simple, place your order with the nice gentleman behind the counter who then bellows your name once your order is ready, usually within minutes. Take a seat once ordered and enjoy the experience of a traditional London cafe.
We got two of the full English breakfasts consisting of sausage, bacon, toast, egg and grilled tomatoes plus two mugs of tea – and by tea, that’s proper tea, strong with little milk, just like your gran makes. Sugar is on the table for you to add. The food here is quality, especially for the price. The menu also features lunchtime dishes and other breakfast items for a similar price.
The tables here turn very quickly, people are busy and have jobs to attend and sights to see. Don’t be phased by joining the line and enjoying the best possible start to any day. The only criticism we could throw at this fine establishment is the array of Tottenham Hotspur memorabilia on the wall (we are supporters of Leicester City) ,although they make up for it with the boxing photographs from years gone by.
After filling your stomach at the Regency why not take the tube into town as Pimlico station is just a 10 minute walk away, as is Victoria. Eating at the Regency probably leaves you enough change for a tube ticket…
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 0700-1430
Nearest Underground Station: Pimlico
Please note that this cafe accepts CASH ONLY