Where shall we meet?: The Wren at St. James

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Bright and serene, the Wren wholefood cafe, tacked onto St James's Church Piccadilly, provides sanctuary to a disparate band of disciples: Margaret Rutherford types, with tweed skirts and no-nonsense walking sticks; shaven headed art students clutching portfolios; county women in pearls and scarves.

Inside it's on two levels, with original paintings (for sale) decorating white walls and a counter full of cheap vegetarian snacks, meals and cakes. Outside are more tables and chairs, a tranquil courtyard, and (on Fridays and Saturdays) a crafts market. Fortnum's and the Royal Academy are within two minutes' walk, but first rest awhile and take a pew in Christopher Wren's only West End church. So soothing after the Piccadilly maelstrom.

Tomorrow: Ridley Bagel Bakery, Ridley Road E8

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