- Quintessentially British classics inspired menu
- Contemporary new space reflecting the rich design heritage of London Transport
- All day dining and bar – from breakfast to pre-theatre meals and cocktails
- New cocktail: the Elizabeth Line
- Children’s menu, including locomotive shaped pasta
- Fabulous views of Covent Garden Piazza
It’s All Change! at London Transport Museum as a new cafe bar overlooking Covent Garden Piazza opens today (29 November 2019). Canteen at London Transport Museum takes its name from the static and mobile canteens that used to cater for London Transport workers during the 1940s and 1950s.
Run by high-street favourite Benugo, Canteen offers an all-day menu that features British classics, and cocktails that pay homage to iconic moments in the development of London’s transport network – the Elizabeth Line and the Routemaster.
The stylish interior celebrates London Transport’s design legacy as one of the world’s most recognisable brands, making use of iconic poster artwork, Tube maps, reclaimed signs, tiles and original seats. Light fittings include some that were planned, but never installed at Embankment station. These reflect the design of the Bostwick gate which is used to secure Tube stations during closing hours, and down lighters from the Bond Street station upgrade project. Canteen also features wooden benches that were found in the basements of Wembley Park and Gloucester Road stations as well as salvaged luggage racks from 1960s decommissioned A stock trains. And Mind the Gap! as you grab that Instagrammable moment on the train track floor graphic!
Canteen is open to the public as well as visitors to the Museum from 09:30 to 19:30 Wednesday to Saturday and 09:30 to 18:30 Sunday to Tuesday. Visitors can enjoy breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre dining, nibbles or just drinks from the bar, and a special menu for children including Locomotive shaped pasta.
For those wishing to visit the Museum tickets cost £18.00 (concessions £17.00) or £16.50 (concessions £15.50) if booked online. Kids go free and adult tickets allow unlimited daytime entry to all of London Transport Museum’s galleries for a whole year – including the Museum’s new Hidden London temporary exhibition.