: The Metropolitan W2

Enclaves of the 50s & 60s


Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon were regulars at The Metropolitan in the late 1970s and the old place briefly appears (to no great effect) in the execrable Clash vehicle Rude Boy. Even though the frontage is unspectacular this is actually one of the most exquisite caffs in London. Just down from where the old much-missed Regent Milk Bar used to be, this longstanding local features masses of seaside coloured lime n' cream Vitrolite; two tone walls; original deco mirrors; flesh coloured chequer-board flooring; a wonderful back serving hatch; brilliantly preserved seating and tables and stylish moderne lettering above the counter. Much of the spirit of the Regent Milk Bar lives on here. Unmissable.

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