Hanover Place is a tiny alley running south from Long Acre, and this wine bar-cafe (it has a

marginally more formal, though pretty relaxed,

restaurant upstairs) takes up about half of its length, with outside tables, light food, croque monsieur, salads, pate. This is one of those places where luvvies like to pop in for a quick one and, if you're truly unlucky, you can eat your toasted sandwich to the cracked tunes coming from the rehearsal rooms near by. Open 11.30am to 11.30pm; a bottle of house wine costs pounds 8.45, an espresso pounds 1.20. If you can't find it, go back into the Tube and look at the advert in the lift.

Cafe des Amis, 11 Hanover Place, WC2 (071-379 3444).