V&A Café

Enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared food and drink in three beautifully designed Refreshment Rooms, in the world's first museum restaurant, or dine al fresco in our stunning courtyard Garden Café.

Opening times

Daily: 10.00 – 17.15
Friday: 10.00 – 21.30
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.

For more information, please call +44 (0)20 7581 2159

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Gamble room, James Gamble, 1865 – 78. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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.

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The Garden rooms. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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.

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The Garden Café. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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.

Victorian Afternoon Tea

Victorian Afternoon Tea

Working with renowned food historian Natasha Marks, we have recreated Queen Victoria’s afternoon tea.

Served every Sunday from 15.00 to 17.00 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 victoriantea@benugo.com

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Morris room, 1866 – 8. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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