Geffrye Museum Cafe

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The gently nostalgic Geffrye Museum is not one of London’s best known, and its café is tucked away at the back of the orderly eighteenth-century almshouses that accommodate the displays of historical English interiors. It’s in a glass-walled, modern pavilion that projects into the pretty gardens and looks out over the Hoxton Overground station. Food is largely of the usual museum café variety – soup, sandwiches, salads and a few mains with a few daily specials. Prices are reasonable, and there is a heavy emphasis on buying British produce, right down to the all-English beer and wine selections. 


Venue name: Geffrye Museum Cafe
Address: Geffrye Museum
Kingsland Rd
E2 8EA
Opening hours: Open 10am-5pm Tue-Sat, noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then 149, 242 bus or Old Street tube/rail then 243 bus
Price: Meal for two: around £20
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A true Oasis in busy Shoreditch, this cafe has an open plan lovely atmosphere with big windows facing the back garden of the museum. I just love popping in for some quiet time after strolling around Brick Lane, whilst enjoying one of the usually many cakes available with a cuppa. Friendly staff without being intrusive, they also have a light lunch selection which I have never had the pleasure to try. The best part: the big black board by the till that tells you how much your food has traveled to get to your plate, showing a selection of local producers that makes you proud of the bite you're about to have.

The Geffrye Museum is itself a wonderful place, allowing you to inhabit the past in a very real way, and their café is just right. The service is prompt and attentive, and the quality of their wares is guaranteed. It's situated perfectly within the museum to give you a break to reflect on what you've seen, and to prepare for moving into the twentieth century rooms.

The Geffrye Museum is an oasis of tranquility a couple of minutes' walk from Hoxton Square. The cafe is incredibly airy and light, and overlooks the well tended English historical gardens at the back of the museum. It feels like you've escaped London and gone to the countryside for a couple of hours. Plus the cakes and lunches have always been top quality for decent prices, with staff who are happy for people to linger and enjoy the atmosphere.

If you haven't visited then WHY NOT? It's free!
Nice little distraction on the walk up kingsland road and a little getaway from the area.


This is such an unexpected gem off the beaten track! I love coming here and browsing the museum on the way. Especially in the summer, when the surrounding gardens are in bloom, it´s wonderful.

Beautiful place, great cafe and friendly staff, one of the best in Hoxton, Guinness cake is awesome :)

Love the East End Hash for all day breakfasting. Good coffee and locally sourced produce. Ethical and delicious!