Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Cellarium Cafe and Westminster Abbey, London

 Curiosity lets you keep that inner child in you and helps you discover, explore and learn. Do you still remember the amazement you felt as a child when you first discovered something? 
Our breakfast at Westminster Abbey's Cellarium Cafe has lead me to the Corridors of Westminster Abbey. Amazed at my discovery, I slowly walked down the corridor like a curious child admiring all the beauty and history of this place. It was quiet and peaceful... I let myself lose in an imagined Tudor world surrounded with beautiful architecture, gorgeous stained glass windows and some tombs of a few famous people.
Now here's an abbey secret, you can roam around this area for free. In order to get here you need to go through the back entrance, near where Cellarium Cafe is. We were actually the only ones wandering there at that time. Most tourists are in the queue outside waiting to get in the abbey. I was able to take a peek of the abbey from one of its side doors, you need to buy a ticket to get in though. Every English monarch since William the Conqueror (1066) has been crowned here. Deep within the abbey one can also find Britain's oldest door. Read on...

We came early in the morning and it was peaceful and tranquil.

Our breakfast under the ancient arches of The Cellarium Cafe at the heart of Westminster Abbey. 

Delicious English breakfasts and lunches are served in this 14th century cellar where the monks once stored their own wines, bread and cheeses.

French Toast
Brioche with streaky bacon and maple syrup

The Cellarium English Breakfast
streaky English bacon, Cumberland sausage, back pudding, fried eggs, baked beans, slow roasted tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms and sourdough toast

A peek inside the abbey.

White Rose of York

 Britain's oldest door is on the right and Chapter House is at the end. 

Britain's oldest door. The door is made from a single tree that grew sometime between mid AD 900 to 1030. The door was likely to be constructed in 1050s for Edward the Confessor, the abbey's founder. Which means, the Norman Conquest had not yet happened when the door was made. Later on, William of Normady (William the Conqueror) was crowned King of England on 25 December 1066 in the abbey, only a few meters away from the door. 
Chapter House

Cellarium Cafe 
20 Dean's Yard, Westminster Abbey, London
+44 20 7222 0516

Cellarium Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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