Ladies of limited means can still fulfil their primary function by lunching in the basement of this posh Oxfam shop. Soups, pates and puddings sell around the pounds 3-pounds 8 mark and the usual coffee and cake can be had on request. Try to get a table in the conservatory, and admire the garden statuary you, too, could buy if you had a garden. As it's open to 9pm (and licensed), this is also a good place for a pre-theatre supper (two courses pounds 12.25, three courses pounds 14.95) if your excitement allows you to eat before a trip to the Royal Court.

Cafe de Blank, Basement, General Trading Company, 144 Sloane St, SW1 (071-259 9331)

Tomorrow: The Soho Brasserie

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