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Portrait Restaurant and Bar

Portrait Restaurant and Bar

Portrait Restaurant and Bar

In line with UK government guidance, the National Portrait Gallery, London will temporarily close from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice, in order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.

Welcome to the Portrait Restaurant and Bar, one of London's most desirable dining venues

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 and the London Eye.

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Exhibition Ticket Packages

Enjoy tickets to the current exhibitions included in one of our specially selected dining packages.

Pair your visit to David Hockney: Drawing From Life with a sumptuous afternoon tea in the Portrait Restaurant. Enjoy a special cost of £42.50 for an exhibition ticket and afternoon tea, or £50 with a Bellini cocktail or glass of Prosecco.

View the exhibition Cecil Beaton's: Bright Young Things, then toast your visit with a Beaton inspired cocktail. Choose from the fruity, fizzy Flapper or long Horse’s Neck, while enjoying Portrait Restaurant and Bar’s renowned views.

To book both your table and exhibition ticket, contact the Portrait Restaurant directly on 020 7312 2490.

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How to book

To reserve your table please book below or call 020 7312 2490. The Portrait Restaurant and Gallery spaces are all available for exclusive hire.

To reserve your table please use booking tool on the right or call 020 7312 2490. The Portrait Restaurant and Gallery spaces are all available for exclusive hire.

Terms and Conditions

Portrait Restaurant opening hours

Brunch: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:30
Lunch: Monday-Sunday, 11:45-15:00
Afternoon Tea: Monday-Sunday, 15:30-16:30
Pre Theatre: Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, 17:30-18:30 2 courses - £22.00 per person or 3 courses - £25.00 per person
Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 18:30 - 20:00 (last order 20.30 and building closure time 22.30)

Dinner on Thursdays and Saturdays
Please be advised that reservations for Thursday and Saturday evenings can only be made 6 weeks in advance. Entrance to The Portrait Restaurant on Thursday & Saturday evenings after 17.30 is via Orange Street (see map).

Terms and Conditions

Restaurant Vouchers

Delight friends, family and colleagues by introducing them to your favourite Gallery restaurant and its superb rooftop views. A Portrait Restaurant gift voucher makes a delectable present, company incentive or raffle prize. Choose a champagne afternoon tea for two, or a general restaurant voucher for your preferred denomination.

Just a cuppa?

The Portrait Café, is on Floor -3, is a cosy sky-lit spot for light meals and scrumptious cakes, fine teas and hand-roasted coffees. Treat yourself to our famous shortbread or round brownies, perfect with an espresso or cup of tea before heading home.