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Ray's Jazz Cafe

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113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, England
+44 20 7437 5660
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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This department within Foyles has been around for many years & as most jazz fans will know it stocks a great selection of new & second hand cds from the 1920's through to current day. Well worth a browse.

Thank Diana166
London, United Kingdom
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523 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2015

Used to be an atmospheric and buzzing venue with good fresh food, unfortunately the new cafe has less atmosphere than a chain, hard chairs, bright lights, a bit like a hospital cafe. The tea could have been hotter and the cakes were stale. Such a pity.

1 Thank KAW687
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

This is where I come when I want to work - the background noise is just at the right level and you have plenty of space to spread out if you get a table. I would not recommend it to meet someone - although the new building is nice and the decor is thought through, it may feel a little... More 

Thank David_Londo
Dublin, Ireland
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Just brilliant. Both food and atmosphere. A real oasis located in one of the world's best bookshops. What more could one ask for? Hopefully it can all be transferred successfully to Foyle's new shop when they move next door In June.

1 Thank nandv
Chichester, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2013

If you want atmosphere with low level lighting in a place that feels rustic housed within an otherwise non-rustic bookstore (but I love you Foyles!), this is it. What a find... I wasn't going to bother because I had it in my head it would be like all other bookshops, with some homogenous caff serving sub-standard hot chocolates with tonnes... More 

Thank SeagreenTangerine
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Had to go to Foyles bookstore. As one of us took way more time than the rest of us, we of course gravitated to the cafe. There were many bottled drinks that were interesting and the teas were good. The scone with clotted creme was stale but everything else was good. Quiet spot where I could have stayed all afternoon.

Thank LStravels0407
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134 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2013

I visited the cafe to meet up with my sister. The staff were helpful and really friendly and made me feel at ease entering such a busy and noisey enviroment. People stay for hours on one coffee and people come in in groups and take tables before ordering so it's hard to get a seat. I enjoyed a nice ham... More 

Thank carlitas
Moscow, Russia
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2013

I love this cafe. Located in the Foyel's Bookstore, it has very cozy atmosphere, tasty soups, sandwiches and cakes, welcoming hosts. My laptop and I are frequent guest every time I'm in London :D

Thank Elena Z
Swindon, United Kingdom
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1,032 reviews
386 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We called in here as we were looking for somewhere to have a coffee and I'm always able to waste time looking around books. This little cafe was a great surprise and I'm really glad that we found it. The lunches, cakes and coffee were all brilliant and it was great to find out it was suitable for Vegans as... More 

Thank Richard F
Deal, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Ray's Jazz Cafe is without doubt my favorite cafe in the West End of London. It's not just because the coffee is strong and inexpensive and the food wholesome and creative, it's the atmosphere. I've met friends in there, had the odd business meeting, sat and read a book and occasionally played cards. You'll see people on their laptops, writing... More 

Thank jonsun w

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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7437 5660

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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