The mid-20th-century “caff” diner, once a staple of London life, is rapidly being swept into Formica heaven by trendy bistros. Among the few holdouts still doling out classic English breakfasts all day is the 1940s Regency, a discount-Deco requiem to a lost age in yellowed white tiles and bolted-down plastic chairs. This isn’t a gustatory treasure (the fryer is in heavy use, white bread heaped high, sausage a food group); it’s an anthropological one. Big-value food including £2.60 burgers or homemade meat pie is prepared with lightning speed, and your order is jarringly bellowed so that you can come fetch it. For another marvelous “caff,” see E. Pellicci.
17–19 Regency St., SW1
Our Rating Neighborhood Westminster Hours Mon–Fri 7am–2:30pm and 4–7:15pm; Sat 7am–noon Transportation Tube: Pimlico or Westminster Phone 020/7821-6596 Prices Main courses £2.60–£7 Cuisine Type Traditional British Web site Regency Café
Map17–19 Regency St., SW1 London
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