Afternoon tea at the Great Court Restaurant

Great Court Restaurant - currently closed

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The Great Court Restaurant will remain closed until further notice.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon, and in the meantime, the Court Café in the Great Court is available for food and drink between 10.00 and 17.00. Our other food outlets will remain closed for the time being. Please check this page for updates.


Dine under the magnificent roof of the Great Court.

At the Great Court Restaurant, you can enjoy a refined dining experience with a casual feel. Its open kitchen shows a glimpse of the chefs at work. This atmospheric restaurant is perfect for marking a special occasion or treating yourself when you visit the British Museum.

On Friday evenings, to coincide with the Museum's late opening, there's a dinner service. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Service times: 

  • Morning tea and coffee – daily 10.00–11.30
  • Lunch* – daily 11.30–15.00
  • Afternoon tea* – daily 15.00–17.30
  • Dinner* – Fridays only 17.30–20.30

*Last food orders are taken 30 minutes before closing. 


You can enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes as well as afternoon tea and exclusive exhibition-inspired menus – view pdfs of the Great Court Restaurant menus: