ATG Quirky: Fine Dining in the World’s First Museum Cafe

by | Jul 23, 2019 | 0 comments

Next time you get to London revel in the Victorian splendor of the world’s oldest museum café.

According to this post in Atlas Obscura, stopping by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s café for a freshly baked scone with a barista-made coffee or a specialty tea is more that a wonderful dining experience. The opulence of  the Victorian era comes alive. It “feels a bit like entering the inside of a Fabergé egg: No space is left untouched by the grandeur of gilded domes, ornate tiles, and ceramic wall reliefs.”


© Victoria and Albert Museum, London


The Victoria and Albert Museum’s café first opened its doors in 1856 but had to be demolished in 1867. Thankfully, the café was reopened in 1868 “as three separate refreshment rooms, which still exist for visitors’ enjoyment.”  But plan ahead. While the café is open daily, the Victorian afternoon tea is served on Fridays and available by reservation only.

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