V&A Cafe

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Don’t be disappointed as you head past the few tables in the antiseptic white corridor that leads into the V&A Café. Only the bustling serving area is wipe-clean modern, to the left the fabled trio of tea rooms remain, Morris, Gamble and Poynter, just a spangly modern chandelier or two different from how they were back in the mid-nineteenth century. Morris is serious-minded – almost sacral, with its Burne-Jones windows – in dark green and subdued golds. Gamble is lofty and light in Classical Revival style, with ceramic pillars and ‘Amity’ and ‘Truth’ written above the wall mirrors. But the cosy Poynter Room is our favourite, with its blue and white tiles and stained-glass fox. The food is freshly made daily. There’s the usual run of hot and cold snacks and a great array of cakes. Expect to queue – we did for a 3pm lunch.


Venue name: V&A Cafe
Address: V&A Museum
Cromwell Rd
Opening hours: Open 10am-5.15pm Mon-Thur, Sat, Sun; 10am-9.30pm Fri
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
Price: Lunch for two: around £30
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A little bit hidden in the museum, this café offers a good choice of fresh options for lunch (hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, salads) or afternoon tea (cakes, teas, coffees). On a warm summer day, ask for plastic plates and glasses and head outside: the little tables, the children playing with the fountain, just being in the middle of the amazing V&A... It is just great! On a colder weather, sit in the almost kitsch tearooms and enjoy the mid-nineteenth century vibe.


The V&A has one of the most extravagant and breath-taking museum cafés I have ever seen. The 3 original halls are beautiful, great places to have lunch or a cream tea. There is even live piano playing if you are lucky.

The food is good, but it can be ridiculously busy at times and stressful to find a seat. Definitely go during the week if you can.