The Wellcome Collection has long been a favourite haunt for the ‘incurably curious’ amongst native Londoners and tourists alike. Sadly, it can be hard to find the time during the busy working week to schedule a visit one of London’s many museums, which is why it came as a lovely to surprise to hear about The Wellcome Collection’s late night openings on Thursdays where you can make the most of a leisurely trip around the many floors and exhibitions until 10:00pm.
To accommodate the late night museum-goers, the recently refurbished Wellcome Kitchen has created a special, ever-changing Thursday night menu which is almost worth a trip in its own right. The modern, beautifully designed restaurant reflects the atmosphere of the museum brilliantly making it the perfect place to stop to grab a bite – even if you are slightly distracted by the weird and wonderful museum artefacts surrounding you (be sure to check out Susie Freeman’s ‘Pill Dress’, for example!).
Choices from the menu included purple potato gnocchi with parmesan and shaved asparagus, as well as the all-day brunch-esque salmon fishcake served with a poached egg and creamy Hollandaise. While the short but perfectly curated menu made it difficult to choose, we opted for the summer bean risotto with herb purée and parmesan, as well as the understated but irresistible beef burger with bacon and cheese. Unlike a lot of museum restaurants, the service was fast and faultless with the quality of the dishes to match. We treated ourselves to the delicious chocolate brownie to share which demonstrated why The Wellcome Kitchen is renowned for doing a great afternoon tea on a daily basis.
The exhibitions are as ever changing as the menu so be sure to plan your trip to the Wellcome Collection carefully – you can catch the newly opened Museum of Modern Nature from now until October.
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