Classic Cafes: River Cafe (Putney Bridge SW6)

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


This place has it all. Superb vitrolite ceiling, magnificent blue-tile work & murals, excellent wood seats and full-on Formica tables, large busy counter, eccentric locals and a splendid frontage with Gill-face sign. Not to mention a dream-team Italian family giving the best service this side of Pellicci's. One drawback: the milling BMG Records staff from head-office nearby & in-tow pop stars . Also a handy base for a river visit to the church that featured so ominously hauntingly in 'The Omen. The River Cafe is one of the greatest old caffs left in the whole of London. Travel to see it.

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