Classic Cafes: Gambardella, Vanbrugh Pk, SE3

IGambardella cafe front parlour...


Run by the same family right from its opening day over a half-century ago, this is possibly the most hidden cafe gem in all of London ­ lost in the Blackheath Standard area at the top of Greenwich Park. The building dates from the 1930s, but the unique moulded plywood revolving chairs were installed during the 1960s. Other fine features: the amazing flesh-coloured vitrolite and chrome front section; the red and black Formica back room; the silver deco clock, the tile-floor parlour, the 100 year old fridge; the nifty old wall heaters. A masterpiece.

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