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Court Restaurant at The British Museum

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Neighbourhood:
Bloomsbury
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The British Museum Great Russell Street | Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
+44 20 7323 8990
Today
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 12:00 - 17:30
Sun - Sat 22:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 20:30
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Enfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had afternoon tea with my daughter on Thursday at the Court restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely, surrounded by history in a airy iconic building. We had a groupon voucher which stated sandwiches, cakes, torts, tarts and procesco. The sandwich were ok but they did go hard after a while but the broccoli and cheddar tart was fantastic, the pastry... More 

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Thank ap612016
Missouri
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only reason I'm giving this place 2 "stars" is because the server was decent. The food (fish & chips) was not good at all. I usually enjoy bland food, but it was beyond bland–to the point where I was so annoyed that I couldn't enjoy it. Eat somewhere else.

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Thank johnpartsiv
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a Friday evening, when the British Museum opens late, the Court Restaurant offers a calm and pleasant atmosphere. We had the American Dream menu and the food was ok and good value. What a pity that the toilets, situated down a flight of stairs, behind heavy metal doors (like a nuclear bunker), were dirty. They did not flush properly... More 

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Thank O2760WVcatherine
UK
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, I had a set menu and used a Groupon Voucher. Perhaps this doomed us to experience some of the poorest food we have eaten in a London restaurant on any basis. The menu was themed to match the art expo,'American Dream'. It was 'American Nightmare' as eating goes. Dry, wizened hambuger patties without taste, served on slabs of unadorned... More 

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Thank lowrollerUK
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The greeter seated us straight away as she noticed my girlfriend is very pregnant. Afternoon tea was good and a lot more than we could eat (don't order one each). Nice doggy box provided. We were sitting near the entrance and could see as a queue began to build. The manager (I assume he was the manager as he seemed... More 

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1 Thank Neil M
Management response:

I am so sorry that you felt that i was not being cooperative, But due to the sensitivity of the issue, i could only ask you to wait upstairs until your partner was ready to be assisted . As you were aware it was due to customers complaining that alliterated me to your whereabouts. And acting in there best interest... More 

Warwick, United Kingdom
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257 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How lovely to be able to walk into one of the worlds great spaces, up the stairs to this very nicely laid out restaurant. Elegantly laid back. The food is generally acceptable although very expensive for what it is. They have a fixed menu (in addition to the a la carte which I would describe a middle of the road... More 

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Thank Kingmaker
Lisboa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the middle of the museum, very nice place just to have a small meal and some time to prepare the visit

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Thank MManuelaLx
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very dry cakes with hardly any fillings in the sandwiches. The worst afternoon tea I've had in London.

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Thank Tom H
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Initial lady was perfectly pleasant - lady who then served us and asked us to remove our water bottle from the table, which was quite amusing. At this point. she had not forgotten to give us our tap water, our prosecco and our napkins. Food, was average, as it was not fresh, some cakes on the tea were stale. Trying... More 

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Thank Anne7688
London, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A firm favourite for a lunch break whilst in the museum. The Court has a historic and remarkably airy setting. The food is simple and the dishes slightly unusual. The home marinated Queen olives are superb and in themselves could make for a good lunch! The main dishes are designed to support an afternoon of museuming and so are not... More 

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Thank Jeff H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$26 - US$52
Cuisine
European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Monday
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 17:30
22:00 - 00:00
Saturday
22:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The British Museum Great Russell Street | Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
  • Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7323 8990

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Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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