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Maids of Honour at The National Archives

What do you get if you cross a historic bakery at the heart of Kew with an iconic building, beautiful gardens, and a hub of national history...all located by the scenic Thames River Path?


The Maids of Honour Café and Coffee Bar at The National Archives

offering delicious food and drink to staff and visitors
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Public Opening Hours:

Open between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday and Thursday and between 09:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

We are usually only open on select Sundays but when we have an exhibition running, we are open every Sunday. On Sundays, the reading rooms are not open but the exhibition, shop and cafe are open from 11:00 – 16:00.

Closure dates

All dates listed below are inclusive. Some dates may be subject to change.

  • Christmas 2023: Saturday 23 to Wednesday 27 December
  • New Year’s Day 2023/4: Saturday 30 December to Monday 1 January 2024

*Timetables may vary and opening hours remain flexible

Maids of Honour Café & Coffee Bar 
Spacious Indoor Seating 
Huge sun & shade Patio | Balconies | Picnic Area
In-Café Soft Play space | Exhibitions 
Beautiful Gardens | Lake, swans & wildlife 
Bike Racks | Car Park | Fully Accessible

The very finest selection of The Original Maids of Honour’s freshly baked goods, alongside a bespoke National Archives menu of fresh food, hot & cold daily specials, sandwiches, lunches, snacks, salads, fresh fruit, ice cream, delicious smoothies, milkshakes, refreshing cold drinks & hot drinks served in eco-friendly ‘bio’ cups


And there’s a world of things to do at The National Archives!  

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Discover 1,000 years of history in The National Archives’ Reading Rooms  *  Explore Exhibitions  * Inspire your children with The Time Travel Club, Time Travel Tinies & Time Travel Craft Club * Family Trails fun for all  * Exciting Events * Venue Hire & Maids of Honour Catering  * Enjoy all kinds of fascinating Talks and Activities: 

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