Star Cafe  

 
 
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22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, London W1F 8FW
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Cafe: Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm; Closed weekends | The Star At Night: Tues-Sat, 6pm-Midnight
 

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Star CafeSoho's Star Café has been going strong since 1933, supplying its loyal, local clientele with the whole range of greasy spoon / traditional English breakfast options, some hearty lunch specials (liver, bacon & mash, steak & Guinness pie, meatball sandwiches) and hot, cold and alcoholic beverages throughout the day in a superbly nostalgic setting. Owner Mario, who has worked there all his life after taking over from his father Pop, is always on hand with his infectious smile, charming demeanour and steady supply of one-liners. The décor is special: the tile floors, red and white checked tablecloths, vintage advertising boards (for Lyons tea, Colman's mustard, Hudson's soap etc), old clocks and kitsch paraphernalia give the place a cherished, traditional feel.

The menus promise that the place is "more than just a café", which is clearly the case (film crews shoot here regularly, such is The Star's undeniable cachet). Yet it is more than a tasty meal combined with a trip down memory lane, too, as when day trade ceases at 4pm, it undergoes a complete (not to mention unlikely) transformation and becomes The Star At Night, a relaxed, mixed gay bar open five nights a week until midnight. The Star Café is one of Soho's institutions, a timeless place that has stood the test of time and without which London would be all the poorer. It claims that "after 70+ years maybe, jusy maybe, we're doing something right" - and we'd wholeheartedly agree.

 

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Oxford Circus Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
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Soho Masterpark
 
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10 Carlisle Street, W1D | 1 minute from Star Cafe
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26 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Star Cafe
Hoping to do for melted cheese sandwiches what Bubbledogs and Meatliquor have done for burgers and hot dogs, Melt Room focuses on just one thing. Using ... More
 
 
 
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No.193 Wardour Street, W1F | 1 minute from Star Cafe
One of the three branches of this small chain, TAP Coffee No.193 follows the same formula as the others, focusing on proper ... More
 
 
 
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This relaxed Soho pitstop isn't named after the 80s film, it just does exactly what it says on the tin, serving a selection of eats to ... More
 
 
 
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187 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Star Cafe
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187b Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Star Cafe
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61-65 Oxford Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Star Cafe
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46 Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, London W1D | 2 minutes from Star Cafe
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21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Star Cafe
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45 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Star Cafe
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Tesco Finest Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
147 Wardour Street, W1F | 1 minute from Star Cafe
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68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Star Cafe
This stylish private house in Soho is suitable for photo shoots, meetings, press events, filming and for a limited range of social events such as dinners ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Star Cafe

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
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Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Star Cafe

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
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Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Star Cafe

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