The Anning Rooms

The Anning Rooms are an exclusive restaurant and lounge for the use of Members and Patrons.

Located over two floors in the iconic Waterhouse Towers at the heart of the Museum, these exclusive rooms are a perfect place to grab lunch, work, or relax with incredible views.

Members are able to bring one non-Member guest at weekends and school holidays or three non-Member guests during term-time weekdays.  

Patrons may bring five non-Patron guests and are able to reserve tables in the restaurant.

  • Monday-Sunday 10.00-17.50
    Last entry 17.30
    Closed 24-26 December

  • in the Green Zone

For new Members

Visit the Anning Rooms to collect your temporary membership card and your current issues of our Member magazines. Our friendly team is available to help with any queries about membership.

Grab a bite

Enjoy refreshments and snacks all day long and our delicious lunch options served 11.30 – 15.00 daily, with your Member discount already applied. Take a peek at our new Autumn Winter menu.

Relax in the lounge

Enjoy unrivalled views of the Museum's famous architecture from our comfortable lounge and browse the selection of incredible Museum specimens in the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Work or study

Upstairs you'll find a comfortable study area with free Wi-Fi and plugs, including a library room with a section of scientific books for adults and children to browse. 

An oasis of calm

Visit on term-time weekdays to enjoy the tranquillity of the Anning Rooms. Enjoy a relaxing long lunch in our restaurant or find a quiet space to study or work. Members are able to visit with three non-Member guests during term-time weekdays. 

Our helpful team are available in the Anning Rooms to help with any queries about Membership and the rooms include free Wi-Fi, plugs, full lift and wheelchair access, bathrooms and baby changing facilities.

If you have any questions, you can find our full Membership FAQs here. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Become a Member

The Anning Rooms are for the enjoyment of Members and Patrons. Discover the benefits of supporting the Museum.

Learn more about the Anning Rooms

Mary Anning

The Anning Rooms are named in honour of legendary fossil hunter Mary Anning.

Learn more about Mary Anning's contribution and legacy. 

Waterhouse architecture

The Anning Rooms provide an unrivalled view of the Waterhouse's terracotta sculptures.

Learn more about the 'Cathedral to Nature'.