Foundling Museum Cafe, Brunswick Square

Twining's English Breakfast, Foundling Museum Cafe, Brunswick Square
Twining’s English Breakfast
Foundling Museum Cafe

The Foundling Museum tells the intriguing story of a sailor (Thomas Coram), a painter (William Hogarth), a musician (Handel) and their role in the foundation of Britain’s first home for abandoned children.

Eighteenth century London was a squalid and miserable place for much of the population. 75% of children died before the age of 5 years – 90% of those in the workhouse.
The Foundling Hospital was established in 1739 after a long campaign by philanthropist Coram.

George Frideric Handel conducted concerts to raise funds. Hogarth persuaded artists to donate work hoping to attract wealthy and cultured donors. This led to the first public art gallery in London, and the founding of the Royal Academy.

The Foundling Museum is well worth a visit. It paints a vivid picture of Georgian London with its gin shops and rookeries.
The tokens left by mothers forced to leave their children are heartbreaking and memorable.
There are some fine paintings on display, and an important collection of material relating to Handel.

The museum cafe is bright and airy, with large windows overlooking Brunswick Square. It is clean and fresh, with smart chrome chairs and wooden floors. They offer a choice of Twinings teas and infusions. I enjoyed a pot of English Breakfast tea. The teabag had a label that said ‘bright and refreshing’, which it was. As was the cafe.

The Foundling Museum is only two minutes from the popular Brunswick Centre. You don’t need to visit the museum to use the cafe, so it is handy place to know for a quiet cuppa in Bloomsbury.


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Canteen Covent Garden Tea in London
Price of a Cup of Tea in LondonPrice of a Cuppa : £2.20
Tea in London, Tea LeafLeaf or Bag : Bag Twinings English Breakfast
Cup of Tea in London, Tea PotCrockery : White china teapot, cup and saucer
Tea shops in London with MusicMusic : No
Cup of Tea in LondonService : Self-service. Friendly
Kitty Blake Little TeapotKitty says: Beautiful light space, with large windows overlooking Brunswick Square
Address: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ
Website: Foundling Museum Cafe

*Interesting Daily Mail article about life in Georgian London here

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London Review Cake Shop
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Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens exhibition at Foundling Museum

There is a fascinating temporary exhibition on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (ends 9th Sept 2012), which features this painting by Francis Hayman of Jonathan Tyers and his family – keen to show how fashionable they were by taking tea!


NPG 5588; Jonathan Tyers and his family by Francis Hayman
Jonathan Tyers and his family by Francis Hayman 1740
NPG 5588;** National Portrait Gallery, London


National Portrait Gallery, use of image adheres to terms of Creative Commons License.



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