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Portrait Café

Portrait Café

Portrait Café

Enjoy a selection of great tasting drinks and delicious, freshly prepared food

A stylish, sky-lit getaway from the city bustle, the Portrait Café serves quality sandwiches, salads, stews and soup as well as an enticing selection of hand-crafted cakes and pastries. Our barista-made coffee comes from Union Roasters, one of London’s premier artisan suppliers. Located on Floor -3.

Portrait Café Menu

Portrait Café opening hours

Saturday to Thursday: 10:00-17:00

Friday: 10:00-20:00

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Late Evenings

Why not join us Friday evenings from 5-8pm, when we offer sharing boards of the finest British charcuterie and cheeses served with a range of accompaniments including our own bread.

Our new Friday Lates offer creativity, inspiration, conversation and a social space where everyone is welcome.

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Child enjoying a slice of cake from the Portrait Café London


Families are made welcome with our kids' lunch boxes. Available during school holidays, these include a choice of sandwiches, vegetable sticks with hummus, a piece of fruit, juice and Mini Cheddars for just £4.95.

Portrait Restaurant

Breathtaking by day and dramatic by night, the Portrait Restaurant’s celebrated view stretches from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square down Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. It’s a sensational accompaniment to any meal – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

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