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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Restaurant and cafés

Combine your visit to the exhibition with exciting menu packages
at the Court Restaurant.

Advance booking required, online or by telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or at the Ticket Desk.


Dinner package

£37, three course dinner and exhibition ticket

Voted the best choice for eclectic international cuisine by Top Choice Awards, the Court Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an Egyptian inspired menu with your evening visit. Drinks are not included in the dinner package, but can be purchased additionally.

17.00: visit the exhibition followed by dinner in the Court Restaurant. Available every Thursday and Friday from 17.00 to 19.00*
until 31 January 2011.

*Diners need to make their way to the restaurant by 19.00.


Afternoon tea package

£28, includes exhibition ticket (exhibition entry at 14.10) and afternoon tea (until 17.30)

Enjoy a selection of classic favourites including freshly made sandwiches, fruit scones with organic strawberry jam and clotted cream, as well as pastries by Demel, the famous Austrian chocolatier.

Available Monday to Friday during the
exhibition run. 


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