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Garden Museum, London

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#52 of 102 in Parks in London
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  • Very disapointing. After psying £20 for two of ud to go in we heard the receptionist tell people behind us that the museum was only partially open. We found a very small garden, no cafe and a couple o...  more »
  • Perhaps when the workman have moved out this will be a perfectly good attraction, but currently, it really shouldn`t be open to the public.  more »
  • I went by here in September 2016 and it is surrounded by hoarding with workmen in attendance. Seems to be closed for refurbishment. Not sure when it reopens.  more »
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  • Got to admit I was looking forward to the relaunch of the museum/cafe after a year of refurbishment, and I'm a bit unsure about it now. I only went to the cafe (not to the museum) and I was a bit disappointed. The service was exceptional and very friendly. No fault in that respect, waitresses were absolutely lovely. But the atmosphere... I think it was lovely and charming before, from the quality and the way food/home-made cakes were displayed to the tables scattered around the garden. Although I do like the idea of the big windows facing the garden (lots of light and it immerses a covered restaurant inside the garden without being exposed to the weather) I think it's lost the charm. It sort of feels more like a university canteen now. The way it was before, you had to walk through the church and access the garden at the back, with the garden walls surrounding you and the little tables; it made you feel like you were in a little secluded piece of paradise in the middle of London. Now it feels a bit too cold and has lost that charm. The warm welcome made up for this, but I'm not entirely convinced about the rest. Just hope there will still be tables outside on the open air on sunny days, that's probably what I was missing the most, and to be fair it was rainy and cold yesterday, so that's not fair on them. Although the menu was delicious, I missed the diversity of home-made cakes, and the previous display, it was nice to see the quiches/salads/soups/etc. when ordering them. I'm sure I'll feel differently on a sunnier day, and it was only their first day open so I'm sure it'll improve over time. Again, the smiley, friendly, attentive service really made up for all of this.
  • A nice small, charming museum, with a good café.
  • A nice local garden museum with a great restaurant with great vegetarian and organic food. Don't miss the gardens
  • The museum itself is probably only of interest to die-hard gardeners, with exhibits along the lines of 'spades through the ages' and 'seed packet designs of the 1950s'. There's certainly scope to do more to appeal to casual visitors. However, the cafe is exceptionally good, serving delicious home-made cake at very reasonable prices in a really nice setting. A few tables are available in the garden at the back, and on a nice day there's surely no nicer place to be in the area. Well worth a visit.
  • I came at the open square gardens weekend. I didn't actually visit the museum much. I would like to point thought that its cafe features two very lovely areas. One of them is indoors at the museum itself and the other one is outdoors in a very pleasant garden. Definitely worth coming back for this cafe alone!

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