The Ragged Canteen

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The Ragged Canteen is open Wednesday – Saturday 11am-5pm, mirroring gallery hours.

New all-day brunch on Saturdays.

We will be closed on the following days: Saturday 23rd, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May, but re-open as normal on Friday 29th May.  

Table reservations available: 0207 582 6465


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About us

We are very passionate about ethically-sourced, seasonal food, and offer a daily changing vegetarian menu with gluten-free and vegan options, hand-made cakes, organic Monmouth coffee (from our vintage Italian Espresso machine!) and fair-trade teas throughout gallery opening hours. A variety of lunch options are available Wednesday-Friday with all-day brunch on Saturdays.

Find us behind the wall in the historic Lambeth Ragged School, part of the emerging Vauxhall cultural quarter. Drop in to an inspirational environment with a continuous programme of progressive art, free Wi-fi, art magazines, weekend newspapers and an outside terrace for sunny days.


Also you can pick up a loyalty card at the Café – on each visit we will stamp your card when you pay: collect 9 stamps then on your 10th visit choose any menu item free of charge… then pick up another card, fold it and start collecting again!


To see a menu sample, click here.



What people are saying

A lovely vegetarian cafe down a little back street, serving up generous portions of imaginative food. Plates of lemon and goat’s cheese ravioli, squash and coconut curry, lemon and almond cake are all served up in this relaxed setting, which has exhibitions for visitors to peruse while they walk their lunch off, or browse magazines or use the wi-fi.”



“The food is honest and simple and you’ll always leave satisfied.”



Those passionate about legumes, healthy eating and into vegan and gluten-free food look no further… We tried the sweet potato coconut soup with (home made) bread, a potato and pepper stew and a brownie. Yes that is quite a lot for lunch but we couldn’t help ourselves as the food is delectably good.”