Maids at the National Archives


What do you get if you cross a historic bakery at the heart of the Kew community with an iconic building, beautiful gardens and the hub of National history, located majestically by the Thames River Path in Kew? 

Maids Café and Mini-Maids Coffee Bar at The National Archives

In the Summer of 2020 in the midst of the global pandemic, an unprecedented moment in history, we adopted this exciting new role:
With much passion and enthusiasm, we are here at The National Archives,
offering delicious food and drink to staff and visitors.
Scroll down and discover what's on offer!


Maids Café  | Mini-Maids Coffee Bar | Spacious indoor seating area 
In-Café Soft Play space | Huge sun & shade Patio Seating area
Beautiful Gardens | Lake, swans & wildlife
Bike Racks | Picnic Area | 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!  

Click for more info:
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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Getting here

Current Opening Hours:

Public Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 09.00 - 16.00
Every first Sunday of the month 11.00 - 15.00

Staff Opening Hours: 
Monday: 08.30 - 16.00
Tuesday - Saturday early open 08.30

Timetables may vary and opening hours remain flexible