Arts Bar & Café

Open Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm (except bank holidays) and for evening events.

Artsadmin's Arts Bar & Café is a unique hidden space on the fringe of the city, located on the ground floor of Toynbee Studios and situated in a courtyard built over 125 years ago at the heart of the Toynbee Hall development. As well as operating as a café, it also plays host to a range of events in the evening, most often on Thursday nights. To see the full listings for events at Toynbee Studios and to find out when the bar is open late, please see our Events page.

Chef Orly Lascelles’ lunch menu, served 12-3pm, offers a range of healthy, filling and affordable dishes, often inspired by Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern cooking. With dishes starting at just £2.60 and costing not more than £7.50, the aim is to offer healthy, well-balanced meals at affordable prices. All items are available to eat in or take away. There are also occasional Supper Clubs held in the café, with an emphasis on international cuisine, cultures and customs through shared dining experiences. In the warmer Summer months, the café extends into the courtyard with tables and chairs in the sunshine for customers who wish to drink or dine al fresco. 

Coffees and a range of teas and soft drinks are available all day, a variety of homemade cakes and plenty of snacks as well as a bar serving Meantime beers, Whitstable Bay Organic Ale, Aspall ciders, Peroni and a range of handpicked wines and spirits, making the Arts Bar & Café the perfect place for an afternoon meeting or a drink with friends. There is free wifi available for customers and we welcome small children, with high-chair facilities if needed. We are also a dog-friendly café, with some resident pets already around the building! 

The café is proud to participate in Meat Free Mondays, in an effort to reduce the impact we have on the environment. We also have a number of vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu every day and we offer fair trade and organic options wherever possible. 

In-house catering is available for hirers of Toynbee Studios as well as for external events. You can also hire the space for private functions. To enquire further about catering and hire of the Arts Bar & Café, contact David Titmuss on 020 7247 5102 or email To book a table for lunch, call the café directly on 020 7650 2340.





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