Natural History Museum Cafe

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There’s a wealth of options at the NHM – four, in fact, and that doesn’t include the bevy of concessions that recently departed along with the seasonal ice-rink. The shinily serviceable Deli Café (serving the likes of bacon and cheddar tart with two salads) and innumerable brightly coloured tables of the Underground Café needn’t detain you long. The key stop-off is the clamorous Central Hall Café, tucked behind the dinosaur’s tail and the main stairs at the back of the entrance hall. It doesn’t venture much beyond sarnies, cakes and fruit, but you get to eat them beneath Alfred Waterhouse’s tremendous double-height arches and stained glass, in a room that’s grand without becoming preachily off-putting. Honourable mention too for the quieter restaurant, just along the hall. It serves a short list of kid-friendly meals (pizzas, burgers, fishcakes and nursery puddings) in a bright, fresh new room of soft green banquettes. And another honourable mention for the Darwin Centre Café, source of light lunches, snacks and takeaways. Most honourable mention of all goes to the snack bar and picnic area, where you can eat your own packed lunch at a proper table, with or without a drink purchased on-site.



Venue name: Natural History Museum Cafe
Address: Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd
Opening hours: Open 10am-5.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
Price: Lunch for two: around £35
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The cakes are really tasty here, but the prices aren't for the faint hearted. 2 slices of cake, a bottle or water and a couple of cups of tea and you don't get a lot of change from £15. There's plenty of seating though, but as we went mid afternoon I wouldn't know how busy it gets at actual lunch time! 

Louise H

The cakes here are amazing and I would happily come here just for them! However everything is pretty expensive (standard for a museum cafe really). There is a fair amount of seating but it does get pretty noisy with so many people in one space. A good place for a pit stop mid-visit and a pick me up sandwich but come prepared for the prices!

Kirsty E

Very cool location for a cafe but far too expensive for the standard range of cakes and snacks. Chocolate cake is delicious but not worth the £4 price tag! Gets very busy from lunch time until closing time too so get in early if you want to grab a table.

Nadia T

The cafe outside wasn't that great, I was surprised at the price of the snacks, even for London!