Tucked away near bustling Oxford Circus, the Photographers’ Gallery Café is the ideal hideaway from the shopping mile’s stressful business. There’s no music in the quiet space. Instead, a video wall (named The Wall) is the centre piece of the Digital Programme and the photographs on display are part of the current exhibition Born in 1987: The Animated GIF. Run in partnership with Lina Stores (the Italian deli in Soho), the gallery café serves a selection of salads, sandwiches, tortillas and cakes. It’s worth leaving some space for the excellent cakes: amaretti brownies were crusty on the outside, yet gooey in the centre and tasted strongly of bitter almonds. Equally good was a blueberry and vanilla muffin which burst with fresh blueberries. It may not be an obvious destination, but to many this little café may prove to be a welcome retreat from the bustle of Oxford Street. Plus you can soak up come culture for free if you fancy a meander upstairs.
For info, see Photographers’ Gallery Cafe listing.