Portrait Restaurant

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The Gallery’s rooftop restaurant has one of the most enviable views in London. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner alongside an unparalleled view of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.

It is a smart, stylish place to enjoy dishes based on superb seasonal ingredients we source from the country’s most esteemed suppliers, for instance, smoked salmon from West Country sustainability champions Severn & Wye, plus Portland crab, Devon Rose veal, and venison from the Royal Estates. We support local producers when it comes to drinks too, serving Chapel Down English wines from Kent, and beers from London’s Meantime brewery.

Those with a sweet tooth will not want to miss our new afternoon tea or dessert range, both of which have been designed by world-renowned pastry chef Claire Clark MBE. This season she has put a contemporary spin on nostalgic recipes and much-loved flavour combinations, creating treats that are sure to delight with every bite.

The Portrait Bar is a destination in its own right – a fun place to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne, cocktails, beers and bar snacks and still take in that fabulous view. Whatever your reason for visiting us, we look forward to welcoming you on Floor 3 of the National Portrait Gallery.

Become a Member of the Gallery and receive a 10% discount at the Portrait Restaurant

How to book

To reserve your table please book below or call 020 7312 2490.

Sample Menus

Childrens | Breakfast | Afternoon Tea | Pre-Theatre Dinner | Lunch & Dinner | Sunday Lunch | Drinks

Party Menus

Autumn | Christmas Lunch | Christmas Dinner

New afternoon tea menu

A creamy mocha éclair and refreshing fruit tart have joined the ever-popular chocolate and coconut 'bounty' cake on the new afternoon tea menu. Preceded by savoury sandwiches and warm scones with jam and clotted cream, these pastries designed by world-renowned pastry chef Claire Clark MBE finish this elegant British occasion in style. 'Afternoon tea is experiencing a real revival,' says Claire, who is known for her creative modern style of patisserie. Add a glass or two of champagne, or one of our tea cocktails, and you are sure to enjoy a memorable afternoon looking out over the Restaurant's sensational views of London.

Book your table below or telephone 020 7312 2490.

Our Portrait Restaurant vouchers make wonderful gifts email for details.

If you wish to have just tea or coffee we would recommend you visit the Portrait Café, which is located by the Bookshop on Floor -3.

Portrait Café Menu


Portrait Restaurant opening hours

Breakfast: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:00 (last orders for the kitchen 11:30)
Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 11:45-14:45 (last orders for the kitchen 15:00)
Afternoon Tea: Monday-Sunday, 15:30-16:45 (last orders for the kitchen 17:00)
Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 17:30 - 20:15 (last food orders for the kitchen 20:30)
Pre Theatre: Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 17:30-18:30 (last orders for the kitchen 18:45) 2 courses - £17.50 per person or 3 courses - £20.50 per person (excluding service charge & beverages)

Dinner on Saturdays
Please be advised that reservations for Saturday evenings can only be made 6 weeks in advance. Entrance to The Portrait Restaurant on a Saturday evening from 18:00 would be via Orange Street (see map).