Classic Cafes: Pubali #3 Commercial Rd E14

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


The Pubali Cafe is near the junction of Burdett Rd and Commercial Rd (opp. the handsome church.) Built partly into an 18C Inn, it's one of the few London caffs protected by English Heritage. The space has the air of a deserted 1940s parlour: dusty plants; classic faded formica tables; sturdy brown leatherette chairs; big solitary mirrors; mismatched paintings, ungainly coathangers lathered with brown paint; heavily textured wallpaper and a beige/lime colour scheme that really brings out the drab ambience of the place. Open every day from around 12.00 till late - closed all day Tuesday. Discovered by Classic Cafes fan Mark Gould, who remembers the place from the 70s.

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