The Nightingale Café at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

Our Story

The Nightingale Café is named in honour of the original Nightingale Café located on Biggin Hill’s South Camp.

Bill Greensmith and his wife ran the Nightingale Café on Biggin Hill’s Army Camp from 1928.  A café had been there since the First World War and its location next to a large army barracks made for good business. The tearoom served tea and cake to the soldiers as well as to passing trade.

Today the Nightingale Café is part of the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum and has an unique mural illustrated by Olivia Boutrou. This mural reflects the stories of Geoff, the elder child.  The illustration compiles the stories of this unique café, part of the military zone but nonetheless a place of camaraderie and humanity, a place where pilots and soldiers from all horizons could grab a short instant of peace in this time of war.  This illustration project was Highly commended by the jury at the AOI world Illustration award 2019.


Our opening times

The café is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, with last orders taken at 4.30pm. Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

No admission ticket to the museum is needed to enjoy the food at our Nightingale Cafe, you will always be welcome.

If there are more than six people in your group please contact Pam Russell at so we can book this in for you.


Our Menu

Our menu consists of cakes, savouries, light lunches, jacket potatoes, soups and daily specials.  Please see attached a sample menu.

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All our products are produced in an environment that handles NUTS and EGGS so TRACES may be present.  Allergen information is available for all our dishes, please ask a member of staff for further details.


Outside Terrace

Outside seating is available on the terrace giving views over to the airfield.  If you are lucky enjoy seeing the Spitfires take off while you refresh with lunch or cake.

We are dog friendly on the terrace with facilities for your dog to refresh.


Group Catering 

We welcome visits from groups and are able to offer you catering for your visit, when booking in advance. Visit our Group page for our catering packages. Please let us know of any particular requirements your group may have. Any group use of our cafe facilities must be booked for in advance.


Private Hire

We welcome enquiries from individuals looking to hold private events and parties in the cafe, visit our Private Hire page or email for further information.