Café & Restaurant

Why not combine your concert-going with a visit to our Café & Restaurant?

Housed beneath the Hall under the vaulted ceiling of the crypt, this brick-walled space provides an elegant and cosy place in which to enjoy a range of snacks, light meals or more formal lunches and dinners. All our food is prepared freshly by our chefs from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, and we offer a range of fine teas and roasted coffees, and an extensive wine and cold drinks selection.

Whether you’re indulging in tea and delicious homemade cake, choosing from our daily changing buffet menu, dining à la carte before a concert, enjoying a glass of wine during the interval, or sharing meze after the performance, our staff will serve you with a smile. Our restaurant partner, Leafi, can also cater for private events here at St John’s.

We take reservations for lunchtime and evening service on the à la carte. To book, please call us on 020 7222 2779, send an email to

Buffet tables may only be reserved for lunchtime service for parties of ten or more.

Our Café & Restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 8.30am-5pm and on concert evenings until after the performance. On Saturdays and public holidays we open an hour and a half before the start of the concert. On some Sundays, the restaurant opens from 12pm serving Sunday roasts and brunch. When we have an evening concert on a Sunday, the restaurant is open an hour and a half before the start of the performance. Please phone in advance of your visit to check service times. 

Have a look at our current à la carte menus: Lunch Menu, Concert Menu




Due to our yearly maintenance the Footstool Restaurant will be closed from Monday 10th August we will re-open at 8.30am Monday 24th August. During our closure, reservations and enquiries can be made by email to which we will respond to on our return. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.



Weekday lunches

On weekdays, the café & restaurant serves a selection of herb infused teas, London roasted coffee, delicious homemade cakes and à la carte lunch from noon until 2.45pm. The menu is created using traditional British and popular European dishes. For those with less time to linger over lunch, we offer an assisted service buffet with a daily changing menu.


Interval drinks

We have two bars from which we serve interval drinks and a selection of nibbles. Pre-ordering of drinks before the start of the concert is strongly advised.


Interval & Post-concert food

A delicious selection of sharing boards - charcuterie, vegetarian and cheese - is available. Please note: interval pre-ordering is essential.



We have extensive experience of catering for groups of all sizes from small canapé receptions in the Crypt to waiter service dinners for 200+ in the Hall. We would be happy to discuss your ideas and requirements. Please click HERE to view our current events menus. This is designed to be a guide: we would be delighted to create a bespoke package to meet your particular needs and make your occasion a memorable one! Please contact our events manager Marjorie Davis by email or telephone: / 020 7222 2779