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London: Eating at the British Museum

When you get off the train at Russell Square and follow the signs to the British Museum from the tube, two things occur: crowds and overwhelm. There is real magic to be found in the museum, though – and it’s hidden on the ground floor.

The Court Café, a family-friendly café is great for grabbing a quick bite to eat or a coffee during your Museum visit.

There is plenty of seating at the long sharing tables and high chairs are available.

The Court Café is in the north-east corner of the Great Court

The Court Café – Opening times

Saturday – Thursday: 09.00–17.30

Friday: 09.00–20.00

The other magical thing about the museum is the winding white staircase to soup heaven, in The Great Court Restaurant, far away from the chaos,  where you can dine high above the crowds.  Weather allowing, you can also eat crepes on the forecourt. More magic!

The Great Court Restaurant, has a casual feel, where the open kitchen shows a glimpse of the chefs at work. They serve fresh seasonal mains, afternoon tea and exclusive exhibition-inspired menus. Dinner is served on Friday evenings to coincide with the late opening of the Museum.

The Great Court Restaurant – Opening times

Morning Tea & Coffee: 10.00–11.30

Lunch: 11.30–15.00

Afternoon tea*: 15.00–17.30

Dinner* – Fridays only: 17.30–20.30


Jessica Adams

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