Ignatius Sancho Café, Greenwich Park


The Ignatius Sancho Café building was previously a private, residential lodge and sits within a newly landscaped space called Vanbrugh Yard, which has been transformed from a concrete yard into exciting community facilities. In addition to the café, there are accessible toilets, a volunteer hub, and a community kitchen garden.

The new two-storey café provides an important space for park visitors to relax in, meet friends and family, and enjoy this corner of the park in a new way. Catering will be provided by Benugo which also operates in the Pavilion Café and kiosks in Greenwich Park.

Open daily for breakfast including freshly baked pastries, vegan yoghurt pots and breakfast rolls.

The lunch menu includes bagels, toasted sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps, salads and delicious ice cream and sundaes. There's a tantalising choice of cakes or a traditional English cream tea for an afternoon treat.

* You can access the Ignatius Sancho Café in the southeast corner of the park by the new Learning Centre and Vanbrugh Gate.

About Ignatius Sancho
Charles Ignatius Sancho was a remarkable British abolitionist, writer and composer who became the first known Black Briton to have voted in an election, as well as the first to have his letters published. After arriving on a slave ship from New Granada at around the age of two in 1731, he grew up enslaved by a family in Greenwich, before receiving an education and gaining employment with the Montagu family, and eventually starting his own business as a shopkeeper. Throughout this time, Sancho also continued to develop his artistic talents, composing music, acting, writing plays, and even writing a book on music, gaining celebrity in Georgian London.

Book Tickets


Friday, 1st December 2023 - Sunday, 29th December 2024

Come along and see the immersive river of colour that cascades down The Tide staircase in parallel stripes. It's definitely one for the 'gram!The Tide Exhibition: Poured Staircase by Ian DavenportExperience a mesmerizing fusion of colour and movement! Turner Prize nominee Ian Davenport has reimagined the entrance stairwell of The Tide by creating an immersive river of colour. Walk along the stairs and capture a picture, this is one for the ‘gram! ?
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Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - on the paved area outside the café, provided they are on a short leash
  • Public toilets


Map & Directions

The Ignatius Sancho Café


Greenwich Park, Vanbrugh Yard (located on the southeast corner of Greenwich Park), Greenwich, London, SE10 8QY
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Opening Times

Opening Hours (13 Mar 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 18:00

* March: open until 8:00pm from start of British Summer Time
October: open until 6:00pm from the end of British Summer Time

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