Attached to the Royal Institution, Time & Space is far more than the cafeteria attached to a scientific research lab. Scientific tombs arranged around the dining room add some intellectual clout to proceedings, & glass panels reveal glimpses of the RI itself. By contrast, giant pink lamps add modernity, although the rubber-laminated tables are hardly beau monde. The food is competently prepared, British-led stuff (witch sole with brown shrimps, Cornish pasty with apple coleslaw, crab on toast with hollandaise, custard tart with nutmeg ice cream, classic strawberry trifle) plus the odd global intruder – perhaps gazpacho, burgers or halibut with caramelised button onions & Bordeaux sauce. Staff are efficient & serve with a smile, while the all-day menu is a Mayfair bargain at £25.50 for three courses. The bar next door does a good line in affordable cocktails & afternoon tea.
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