Cantine at Camden Art Centre

4.7
45 reviews
£25 and under
Cafe Dining

Cantine at Camden Art Centre is set in a modernist glass cafe framed by a secluded garden and extensive terrace with covered and open air seating. We serve artisan coffee and tea, patisserie, lunch, and natural wine and beer. All food is freshly made using quality ingredients. We mostly serve vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes and sparingly serve meat and fish.

A place for art and artists, Cantine at Camden Art Centre is now available to host bar and bat mitzvahs, wedding and civil partnership receptions and other celebrations. Cantine offers a seasonal and bespoke menu catering to all dietary requirements - most notably vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and kosher observant dishes and drinks.

Whilst walk-ins are welcome, we recommend to either book via Open Table or call 07544724031 to make a reservation.

Group bookings
up to 30 guests
Private hire
up to 130 seated guests*
up to 220 standing guests*
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 45 People Are Saying
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KenH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A welcome garden cafe in Hampstead with interesting menus and very helpul and friendly staff.

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VivienneL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sitting in the garden, lovely setting, very good food.

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woody
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming space with a tranquil outdoor patio and garden, and utterly delicious, generously portioned food. The wines are also very elegant and well chosen by the talented team. Think of this as a worthwhile place to visit for the delicious food alone, but that just happens to have a progressive art gallery attached.

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GeraldineC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & staff. Cantine is a beautiful cafe, an architect designed space with a natural garden.
Thankyou to the staff who made our visit!
I would recommend Cantine 5 ⭐️

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent food experience in a lovely garden !

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JackyS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food in a beautiful garden setting. There is outdoor covering if its raining. Food is tasty and fresh salads are delicious

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Cantine x

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ALfamily
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, friendly staff and gorgeous ambiance in a relaxed and covid-friendly location.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Cantine x

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Wollie
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu and service. Love the new outdoor seating under awning and will be coming back. Look forward to evening concerts in the garden please!

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Concerts and evening events are certainly on the agenda soon. Cantine x

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Renee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice, becoming a regular, highly recommend the vegan lasagna! 😀

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

So glad to see you again! Thank you for your support and kind words. Cantine x

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal and good kids food as well - fun to have access to the garden

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Katya
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely place. Very nice food, child friendly, beautiful garden.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Thanks for your 5* review and kind words. See you again soon. Cantine x

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Lenny
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to Cantine. First chance to enjoy the beautiful garden and surroundings in the sunshine.
The food was really delicious; we were impressed by the varied menu too. And such generous portions! Everyone was friendly and it was nice also to be able to take in some art in the gallery while we were there...
We'll definitely be back for a third visit.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words and lovely comments about the food. Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Nice little place with a pleasant outdoor area,however food was not great at all, we ordered a lasagna with aubergines and butternut squash, there was absolutely no taste and it was not even hot in addition it was highly priced (16£ per portion!!!).
We won’t go back.

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lindsays
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely setting, with good service. Excellent prices. We will be back.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words and lovely comments about the food. Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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Renee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place, the food is really nice and well presented, friendly & efficient staff, great to be back at Camden Art Centre!

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

So happy you had a lovely time! Come and see us soon. Cantine x

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FionaD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mostly delicious, filling food & large portions - should have been warned not to over order! But very kind staff & lovely setting

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words about the food, glad we were generous though! Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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JenM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wee bit of noise from the traffic, but nothing like one might expect. Excellent! particularly the thoughtful staff. Added benefit of the art gallery.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words and lovely comments about the food. Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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EliF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with some friends. Fantastic manageress who made us feel extra welcome. I'll be back for drinks and food as soon as the weather clears up. The garden is ace for relaxing with a bottle of beer. Or lunch with the Mrs.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words and lovely comments about the food. Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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JoniMacaroni
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the lasagne this time. My children go to school locally so its the perfect spot for after school teatimes when Mummy's on the run. There is now a dedicated kids menu, so thanks for that!

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words and lovely comments about the food. Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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DebbieA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, relaxing ambience, delicious cakes!

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 7 July 2021

Many thanks for your kind words and lovely comments about the food. Do come and see us soon! Cantine x

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ALfamily
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a friendly, warm and welcoming cafe. The manager (owner?) and staff were so full of energy and warmth, and the redone menus are excellent - they offer a fantastic new kids' set menu, and their small plates menu is really lovely. The aubergines and pomengranate, flatbreads, and really fantastic peppers and labneh were outstanding. The coffee and cakes at Cantine were always really excellent and remain so. Hampstead finally has great middle eastern food in a casual, informal setting. and we are so happy to have the Camden Arts Centre back - even better than before (and that's saying something).

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Emmy
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty garden with some really nice food. Looking forward to coming back and exploring the gallery next time.

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ALfamily
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic new tent set-up in the gorgeous garden; big, with heaters and QR scans and their usual wonderful, friendly staff.

They seem to use very little sugar in their food, cakes and scones included, and their homemade jam is exceptional. It's a magical place. Something that amazes me here is the quality of the glassware and crockery in that it's proper Conran-level pieces, very in keeping with the gallery itself.

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mikeb
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to sit outside (our choice), well covered and looked after excellently. Thanks!

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Eddie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to Cantine. We sat in the garden on a beautiful sunny October day.
I had a totally delicious vegan lasagna + glass of white wine, she had lamb tagine and glass of red - both were delcious and super reasonably priced. Staff were super charming and welcoming. We had a lovely time

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Bella
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went to the Canteen on Sunday at 3:30-3:45 pm. The staff was a bit confused about my booking and told me to go around the building and enter from a different entrance. After I insisted and showed the booking again (and after actually looking at it) they pointed at the table for us to sit.
The table didn’t have a QR code-menus and I was trying to make an eye contact with someone to bring it (supposedly, I shouldn’t be just walking around). I had an impression that the waiter was happier fiddling with some trays than scanning the room in case customers needed something. Finally, we scanned the QR code and downloaded the menus only to be informed that the kitchen is closed and they could give us some soup. Other than that it’s just cakes and tea... By that time most of the cakes had sold out and they had a limited variety of choices. The whole experience was somewhat underwhelming.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 22 October 2020

Dear Bella, Our experienced team are doing their best to navigate their very public facing roles during this trying time for us all. The door from the cafe through to the gallery is not in use at the moment for everyones safety and guests are asked to use the Finchley Road entrance. Apologies that lunch had sold out and our cakes had also sold out, Sunday was exceptionally busy. Love, Cantine

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MWFR
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful position and atmosphere looking out onto the gardens, great and tasty food and good service!

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CazzaK
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food and atmosphere...will definitely go again soon

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again soon to taste our comforting winter menu! Love Cantine

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hungryboy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service I had the Croque Monsieur and my partner the mozzarella toastie both were full of flavour and served with a beautifully dressed salad. Would definitely recommend.

JM
JoniMacaroni
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely exhibition with the children followed by a delightful lunch. The lamb tagine was rich and satisfying and the kids loved the meal deal. Highly recommended!

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thank you! Love, Cantine

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mikeb
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a friend. This was our third visit, this time for lunch. The main dishes were delicious and well thought through, and again many were gluten free. We found room for desert - to our delight once again the cakes and pastries. Reasonably priced, and again the staff looked after us very well.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thank you so much for your positive words! Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Love, Cantine

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KenH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Apart from having trouble booking (the Opentable site was not working) the light lunch outdoors was excellent, soup, toastie, cake and coffee.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

So glad you enjoyed! Looking forward to seeing you very soon! Love, Cantine

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IlanaW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal at the Cantine at Camden Arts Centre was a great finale to my visit of the the art exhibition. The variety and the quality of thefood, the presentation, service and ambiance were fantastic. It will definitely be a destiny on my list even if I'm not going to visit an art exhibition.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

So happy you enjoyed! ! Looking forward to seeing you again soon to taste our comforting winter menu! Love Cantine

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Andynsarah2
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I have visited a number of gallery cafes, this is undoubtedly the nicest we’ve been to
Lovely food, well priced and two glasses of good Rose for £10
Excellent value, will definitely visit again

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again soon to taste our comforting winter menu! Love Cantine

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henryh
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great quiet place good food and great service - soup nice

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again soon to taste our comforting winter menu! Love Cantine

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mikeb
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit for afternoon tea. This time our son and granddaughters came with us. As before the cakes and pastries were delicious, and many were gluten free. Once again the staff looked after us very well, and were quietly professional. Our grandaughters (8 and 12) loved the food, the crockery and the whole experience. We enjoyed it all.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Looking forward to welcoming you and your family back soon! New items on the menu this week so keep an eye out! Love, Cantine

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NW
NWLondon
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice place to have a spot of lunch or a coffee; good atmosphere and the food is tasty. I’d say the staff can be more attentive, as we were left waiting a while to receive the menu, and mistakes were made on the final bill (which meant we ended up overpaying). These might be small things for some, but I’m unlikely to come back.

JM
JoniMacaroni
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed coffee and some delicious cakes. Like the gluten free options and will try lunch next time. Nice, friendly staff and kid friendly.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thanks so much! You and the family are always welcome! Love Cantine

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JohnF
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Personable and efficient service, tasty and bespoke food.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again soon to taste our comforting winter menu! Love Cantine

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JackyS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and friendly service. More upmarket than previous food provider at Arts Centre so more pricey too

FAQs

Cantine at Camden Art Centre offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 07544 724031.

Cantine at Camden Art Centre is rated 4.7 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.