Enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared food and drink in a choice of three exceptional spaces: the world's oldest museum restaurant with its beautifully designed period rooms, the Garden Cafe or our new Courtyard Cafe in the Exhibition Road Quarter.
As we reopen, please check our visit page for the latest information on our cafés.
Daily: 10.00 – 17.10
Friday: 10.00 – 21.15
The Garden Café is open all year, weather dependent in December and January.
Seating operates on a first come, first served basis. If you have difficulty finding a table, the Café Managers will be happy to help.
The Courtyard Café opening times
Daily: 8.30 – 17.45
Friday: 8.30 – 20.30
Please note: occasionally the Courtyard Café will not open until 10.00 due to museum events.
For more information, please call +44 (0)20 7581 2159
Why not start your day with a barista-made coffee and pastry? If it's lunch you're after, then you'll be spoilt for choice with an ever-changing array of hot and cold meals, salads and sandwiches. Children can take their pick from our lunchtime meal deals. Tempting cakes, freshly baked scones and a selection of speciality teas are available throughout the day, served alongside a range of wines and beers.
Designed by James Gamble, William Morris and Edward Poynter, the opulently decorated rooms reflect the eclectic tastes of the Victorian era. Whether you're here as the doors open or enjoying one of our incredibly popular evening events, our magnificent and historic Café should be on your list of places to visit.
The Garden Café is a hidden oasis in the centre of the Museum and is open all year round (weather dependent in December and January). You can sit at one of the courtyard tables or picnic on the lawn. A selection of ice creams are available throughout the summer months.
The new Courtyard Café menu has been skilfully developed to match its lavish surroundings in the Exhibition Road Quarter and uses innovative and unique influences from around the world to create fresh, healthy, natural and low-gluten dishes.
From tempting breakfast items such as croissants and cherry and almond granola bars, to lunchtime tarts, open sandwiches and salads, and a fantastic afternoon and evening offering featuring a broad selection of mezzes, there is something to entice everyone. Diners will also be able to treat themselves to a range of tasty desserts, British craft beer and sparkling wine.
Victorian Afternoon Tea
Working with renowned food historian Natasha Marks, we have recreated Queen Victoria’s afternoon tea.
Served every Friday from 13.00 to 19.00 in the historic Morris Room, the menu includes sweet and savoury delicacies from the Victorian period such as Mrs Beeton’s cucumber sandwiches, Indian ham sandwiches and fruit sconelets, served with tea of your choice.
Victorian Afternoon Tea costs £30 per person, or £35 per person with a glass of prosecco.
The tea is available by reservation only. To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org