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Museum Meals: Eltham Palace
Museum Meals: Eltham Palace

When visiting a posh home/old castle combo, it seems fitting to dine locally, in their back garden greenhouse.

Museum Meals: London Transport Museum
Museum Meals: London Transport Museum

Covent Garden isn’t short of places to eat, but a new one has arrived in the revamped Transport Museum cafe/bar, Canteen.

Museum Meals – Charles Dickens Museum
Museum Meals – Charles Dickens Museum

At the back of a row of posh terraced houses in Bloomsbury is a small comfortable cafe – inside the Charles Dickens Museum.

Museum Meals: The Charterhouse
Museum Meals: The Charterhouse

Sitting outside, but next to the museum, the newish museum inside the ancient Charterhouse on the edge of the city has turned a Georgian home into its new cafe.

Museum Meals – Barbican Foyer Cafe
Museum Meals – Barbican Foyer Cafe

The Barbican has almost as many food establishments as it has concert halls and galleries, so which to choose from.

Museum Meals – The Electric Railway Museum
Museum Meals – The Electric Railway Museum

On the outskirts of Coventry is a railway museum that contains a small cafe, inside an old railway carriage.

Museum Meals – Imperial War Museum
Museum Meals – Imperial War Museum

On the weekend that the new Museum of the Mind opened at Bethlem Hospital in south London, I wandered over to its former home in Lambeth for a bite of lunch.

Museum Meals – V&A Museum of Childhood
Museum Meals – V&A Museum of Childhood

What was once the V&A’s regional outpost in the east of London has a newish display on at the moment, and as I was sort-of local, popped over for a look and a nibble.

Museum Meals – National Maritime Museum
Museum Meals – National Maritime Museum

I was in Greenwich for an event taking place later that afternoon, so why not pop into the newish extension to the Maritime Museum for a bit of lunch while I waited.

Museum Meals – Wellcome Collection
Museum Meals – Wellcome Collection

A first museum meal of the new year and as with all new-year resolutions, time for something annoyingly healthy to offset the excesses of the past month.

Museum Meals – The Southbank Centre
Museum Meals – The Southbank Centre

At the moment, the Southbank Center has a semi-permanent display about the history of the 1951 Festival of Britain, which sort of makes at least one small corner of the estate, a museum for my purposes.

Museum Meals – Museum of London Docklands
Museum Meals – Museum of London Docklands

A fashion writer once told a distraught writer who couldn’t think of anything nice to say when he had been told to be praiseworthy, was that there is always a shoe. In essence, find one small thing that was good, and enlarge on it.

Museum Meals – Science Museum
Museum Meals – Science Museum

A new gallery opened recently in the Science Museum, and a week after Her Majesty sent her first tweet, I wandered in to have a look as well.

Museum Meals – Westminster Cathedral
Museum Meals – Westminster Cathedral

Is a church, or a cathedral also a museum? You could look at many of them as historic buildings, and I often delight in their history and decoration, but they are also (usually) living places of worship.

Museum Meals – The British Museum
Museum Meals – The British Museum

Popping into the British Museum to have a look at a new exhibition and feeling peckish, I considered which of two options could be tried out. The main restaurant, or the canteen style offerings that fill the back end of the Great Court.

Museum Meals – The Jewel Tower
Museum Meals – The Jewel Tower

In a small grassy depression directly opposite the Houses of Parliament can be found a small stone tower, which happens to be a 14th century building that is open to the public as a small museum.

Museum Meals – The Geffrye
Museum Meals – The Geffrye

It’s not often that you have to walk past a dozen other people’s dining rooms in order to have your own lunch, unless you work in a hotel, but that is how the Geffrye museum is laid out.

Museum Meals – Horniman
Museum Meals – Horniman

One of South London’s major cultural hubs is the legacy of the English obsession with a cup of tea although today it is probably more famous for a very badly stuffed walrus.

Museum Meals – The British Library
Museum Meals – The British Library

Should a library be included in the museum meals I wondered as I pondered where to stop for a short snack while in the area.

Museum Meals – Buckingham Palace
Museum Meals – Buckingham Palace

I wasn’t going to list venues you have to pay to go in to in order to eat, but I’ve been in the Palace for other reasons on several occasions, and usually stop off at the garden cafe before I leave.

Museum Meals – Wallace Collection
Museum Meals – Wallace Collection

I was in the area watching a steam train trundle through the London Underground and taking a wander down to Oxford Street for some shopping remembered the Wallace Collection has a rather grand looking restaurant.

Museum Meals – Foulness Heritage Centre
Museum Meals – Foulness Heritage Centre

I was outside London recently with a good friend to visit one of the remotest museums in the country, and which unexpectedly and fortuitously had refreshments available.

Museum Meals – Museum of London
Museum Meals – Museum of London

The venue has two cafes, one small tea&cake venue at the end of the main tour around the building, and another slightly grander affair right next to the main entrance.

Museum Meals – London Transport Museum
Museum Meals – London Transport Museum

This museum cafe is probably one of the most instagram’d cafe’s in London, for its cappuccino coffees are famous for the tube roundel they use as a stencil for the chocolate dressing.