Eating and drinking
A visit to the RA is not complete without taking at least a brief pause to enjoy some of the wide range of food and drinks on offer: from a quick coffee to a light lunch, an evening of cocktails or a full formal dinner.
The Keeper's House
Offering a more formal dining experience, our lower ground floor restaurant is a stunning setting for lunch or dinner where dramatic classical casts adorn the walls and beautiful spherical lamps set the mood.
Our creative menu of the finest seasonal ingredients, created by executive chef Oliver Couillaud, and impeccable service make this the first choice for guests treating friends and family or meeting with business associates.
The Shenkman Bar
Found on the lower floor, the Shenkman Bar, which opens up into the Keeper's Garden, features an ever changing cocktail menu designed by our resident mixologists.
Whatever your mood our experienced bar tenders will be able to recommend the perfect cocktail. For pre and post exhibition viewing, our menu of bar snacks caters to all tastes.
The Keeper's Garden
In the warmer months of the year, you can escape into the garden at the Keeper’s House, which can be found through the Shenkman Bar on the lower ground floor.
It has been designed by renowned landscaper Tom Stuart-Smith, who has created his personal vision of an art oasis.
The garden houses our very own “fifth plinth” and for the first year we have Michael Craig-Martin’s Garden Fork taking the centre stage.
The RA Grand Café
by Peyton and Byrne
The RA Grand Cafe is the perfect place to unwind and dine through its sumptuous interior, delicious food and relaxed environment. Surrounded by Gilbert Scott’s famous murals the menu changes seasonally and offers a wide variety of choice including fresh healthy grain salads with cous cous, quinoa and edamame beans; open sandwiches of crispy pancetta, caramelised walnuts and baby celery plus freshly sliced cured meats to share. Hearty, comforting hot dishes are also available such as roast chicken or sustainable fish pie. Over 40 different blends of tea are sure to make the perfect accompaniment to the wide selection of cakes on offer along with a selection of wines and beer. The RA Grand Café is ideal for a quick bite to eat, a mid-exhibition break, afternoon tea or a long leisurely lunch.
A Culinary Studio
Atelier is a light, bright café housed in the foyer of our Burlington Gardens building, serving a seasonally-inspired menu of food and drinks. Atelier serves a seasonally-inspired menu of hot food, salads, cured meats and fish, artisan cheeses, cakes and pastries. The interior and shop have been designed by multidisciplinary practice Lyn Atelier, and the covered terrace tables are an enjoyable place to watch the bustle of Mayfair.
The Courtyard and Gallery Cafés
The Gallery Café, Burlington House, Piccadilly
Designed by Foster Associates, and situated on the ground floor next to the lift, the café has a light, contemporary feel. Serving a range of freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and pastries, this is an ideal place to visit for a light snack and drink. The Gallery Café is open 10am – 5.30pm daily (7.30pm Friday).
The Courtyard Café, Burlington House, Piccadilly
During the summer months, the Courtyard Café is open from 10am to 6pm Saturday - Thursday, 10am - 10pm Friday, weather permitting.
Please note: last orders at Atelier, the Courtyard and Gallery Cafés are 30 minutes before closing.