Alfredo’s

" Celebs, spag bol and plenty of Formica...who remembers Alfredo's?"

Long before it was Meat People, this place was S& M (Sausage & Mash), and before that it was the wonderful Alfredo’s, one of the finest cafes in London serving superb fry-ups. The cafe, founded by the Italian Deritus family, was housed in a grade II-listed building and the interior was 1920s deco, with vitrolite signage advertising ‘teas’ and ‘ices’, and plenty of Formica.

It was one of only two 20th century cafes to be protected by English Heritage (the other one is Pellicci’s in Bethnal Green) and even the tiles are listed. Regulars included Steven Berkoff, gangster ‘Mad’ Frankie Fraser, Harry Secombe, and Marie Lloyd (though not all at the same time). Pasta for the spaghetti Bolognese was bought from Gazzono’s deli on Clerkenwell Road (happily still around). Alfredo’s closed in 2000 and reopened as S&M, which closed in 2011. Meat People opened in 2013.