5 great museum cafés
With striking surroundings, decor and food, many museum cafés nowadays can really add something to your visit. Here are just a few places that exhibit real value to your day out.
Ornate ceilings, elegant pillars and enormous glowing chandeliers make these grand rooms a sight as beautiful as any of the V&A’s exhibitions. Feast your eyes on the world’s oldest museum restaurant as you tuck into sandwiches, soups, salads, fish and meat meals or try one of their cakes including scones, brownies, muffins and millionaire shortbread.
National Gallery - National Café
This cosmopolitan café has a real Parisian feel and a modern European menu by Peyton and Byrne to match. Choose from Eggs Benedict, porridge and French toast for breakfast or soups, salads, fish and meat main meals for lunch and dinner.
The Foundling Museum Café is a bright and airy space managed by The People’s Supermarket, a not-for-profit local community enterprise that only uses food from local environmentally-friendly suppliers. Hot and cold drinks accompany sandwiches, soup, toasties, salads and cakes while main meals are written on the specials board each day. The walls feature lots of famous foundlings and fostered and adopted children.
Enjoy fantastic views of the Thames from the modern industrial surrounds of the Tate Modern café on Level One. It offers drinks, smoothies and light meals from breakfast to dinner and food is based on seasonal produce where possible. Sandwiches and salads are freshly prepared every day on site. Even the coffee is blended and roasted locally - on site at nearby Tate Britain.
The Courtald Gallery Café
Light, cheerful and welcoming on the inside with a lovely outdoor courtyard outside, the Courtald Gallery Cafe offers a pleasant place to rest during your tour of the gallery and Somerset House. Food is seasonal and made on site and includes freshly baked cakes, salads, soups and light meals.