Classic Cafes: The Piccolo, EC2

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


The Piccolo is a dinky little two-up two-down caff set right next to the all time classic Copper Grill in Eldon St EC2 (just behind Liverpool St station.) Apart from its inviting exterior sign the real glory of the Piccolo lies underneath the main sandwich shop in the compact basement cafe known only to breakfasting local office drones and a few plucky insiders. The rosewood seats, chalet lights, half-timbered walls and tiny arched alcoves make for an intimate, private eating space pleasantly tucked away from the soiling crush of the City. The multi-coloured Formica table tops are a particular joy.

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