Wash House Cafe

Please note, our Wash House Cafe will be closed on Thursday 4th July 2024 as it will be used as a polling station. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

A spacious cafe near Westminster Abbey

Our spacious and comfortable cafe sits in the heart of London, in the beautiful former Victorian swimming baths building on Great Smith Street near Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and St James’s Park. Whether you are in town for work or on holiday, the Wash House Cafe is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or a coffee break in Westminster.

Chef Gena and her team cook up hearty breakfasts to start the day and tasty lunch specials, homemade soups, generous jacket potatoes and scrumptious sandwiches to bring a smile to lunchtime. We also make delicious coffee and have a selection of tasty cakes.

Get here early in the summer for a spot on the balcony, overlooking our beautiful Lemon Pip Garden.

With daily lunch specials from under £5, the Wash House Cafe is one of the best value cafe and coffee shops in Westminster and central London.

Opening hours

We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:00.

Breakfast is served until 11:00 and hot meals served between 12:00 and 14:15. All food available as takeaway.

Please see our current menu below.

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The Wash House Cafe menu


Plain Croissant – 1.65
with butter and jam or marmalade

Chocolate Croissant – 1.85

Almond Croissant – 1.85

Crispy Bacon, Sausage or Fried Egg Bun – 3.15

Scrambled or Fried Eggs (V) – 4.75
Sourdough toast, eggs and seeds

Beans on Toast (V) – 3.65
Sourdough toast and beans

Granola (V) – 4.85
Oats, yogurt, honey and fruits

Healthy Winter Maple Porridge (Ve) 4.95
Maple syrup, oats, nuts and chia seeds

Full English Breakfast – 8.65
Your choice of sausage, tomato, beans, mushrooms, bacon, fried eggs and hash browns

Vegetarian Breakfast (V) – 8.55
Your choice of vegan sausages, tomato, beans, mushrooms, fried eggs and hash browns


V = Vegetarian

Ve = Vegan


All served with salad and crisps

Cornish Lamb and Mint Pasty – 6.15

Vegetable Dhal Curry Pasty (Ve) – 5.75

Steak Pasty – 6.15

Cheese and Onion Pasty (V) – 5.75


Ham, cheese and rocket Panini – 6.40

Vegan Panini (roasted vegetable, rocket and creamy hummus) – 6.30

Breaded Chicken and Cheese Panini – 6.55

3–Cheese Panini (Swiss, cheddar, mozzarella with butter) – 6.20


Just butter – 5.25
Baked beans – 6.25
Mature cheddar cheese – 6.25
Cheese and coleslaw – 6.35
Chilli con carne – 6.35
Sour cream and cheese – 6.35
Prawn mayo – 6.45
Tuna and sweetcorn – 6.45


Hearty Seasonal Soup (V) – 5.15
Served with toast and butter

Beef Lasagne – 8.85
Served with garlic bread

Jerk Chicken – 8.85
Marinated in Jamaican spice and served rice and peas and coleslaw

Shakshuka (V) – 8.10
Two baked eggs in a rich tomato sauce with spice, served with toasted bread

Mac and Cheese (V) – 8.10
With melted mozzarella and mature cheddar cheese

Mushroom Stroganoff (V) – 8.75
Chestnut mushrooms in a creamy paprika sauce, served with rice

Aubergine and Chickpea Thai Curry (Ve) – 8.75
Served with basmati rice

Full English or Vegetarian Breakfast – 8.65
Your choice of sausage, tomato, beans, mushrooms, bacon, fried eggs and hash browns

Vegetarian Breakfast (V) – 8.55
Your choice of vegan sausages, tomato, beans, mushrooms, fried eggs and hash browns

Fish and Chips (Fridays only) – 8.85


Espresso (Small – 2.00; Large – 2.35)

Macchiato (Small – 2.00; Large – 2.35)

Americano (Small – 2.25; Large – 2.65)

Cappuccino (Small – 2.35; Large – 2.85)

Latte (Small – 2.35; Large – 2.85)

Flat White (Small – 2.35; Large – 2.85)

Mocha (Small – 2.35; Large – 2.85)


Tea (Small – 1.60; Large – 1.85)

Herbal Tea (Small – 1.65; Large – 1.95)

Earl Grey Tea (Small – 1.65; Large – 1.95)

Hot Chocolate (Small – 2.35; Large – 2.85)

Filter Coffee (Small – 1.50; Large – 2.00)


We also offer a good range of delicious cakes, sweet and savoury snacks, fruit and cold drinks.

Cold drink cans – 1.10

Cakes – 2.50

Member discounts

Join the Abbey Centre for member discounts and enjoy filter coffee or tea for just £1 per cup, or a latte for £1.25. Members aged 60+ also get a £1.25 discount on main courses over £4 upon presentation of a valid membership card.

Wash House Cafe hire

Our cafe is also available to hire for dinners, receptions and large meetings and events. Please visit the Wash House Cafe page dedicated to hiring for more details.

The Wash House Cafe is run as a social enterprise with all profits going towards supporting our activities, which promote healthy and cohesive communities in the local area.