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Portrait Restaurant

(341 Reviews)
National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
British, Afternoon Tea
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Top offer

Festive Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco

Treat yourself to afternoon tea alongside an unparalleled view including Nelson in Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye

Opening hours

Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday – Friday: 10:00 – 21:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00- 18:00.

Restaurant description

Boasting a stunning 92-foot high location at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Portrait Restaurant delivers modern European cuisine. Simple yet elegant presentation mirrors the beauty of the National Portrait Gallery beneath, and the panoramic London vista outside.

Served on level 3 of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant menu features seasonally evolving dishes using produces from local suppliers. A la carte options feature grilled bream fillet with potted shrimp butter, spelt risotto with lemon mascarpone, and chargrilled Hereford rib eye beef with hand-cut chips, béarnaise and watercress.

Afternoon tea is a colourful menagerie of inventive creations. Pistachio éclair with praline grains and salt beef and sweet mustard sandwiches can be enjoyed with hand-roasted coffee or loose leaf teas. An extensive selection of New World and French wines can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking London skyline from the Portrait Bar.

With views stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye, The National Portrait Gallery is a 3-minute walk from Leicester Square Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Portrait Restaurant
(based on 341 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (184)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (25)
  • business (36)
  • child friendly (12)
  • dinner (121)
  • entertainment (9)
  • large parties (11)
  • lunch (176)
  • luxury (44)
  • private dining (24)
  • romantic (65)
  • trendy (39)
  • value (59)
  • views (216)
  • By Louise D from Australia
    10 September 2018

    Portrait Restaurant is my favourite dining experience when in London. After a quick whip through the collection galleries to see what’s new, I go up to the top floor for a view of the London skyline, kick off with a berry Bellini and relax into a three course meal, served by the friendliest and mist engaging staff - just love it, as the sun goes down and the evening settles in!

  • By Pilar O from zaragoza
    17 August 2018

    Everything was perfect. Delicious food, friendly waitress, relaxed atmosphere and impressive views.

  • By Geoffrey H from Kendal
    7 August 2018

    Excellent service and welcome on arrival. Food of a very high standard. Wine choice excellent.

  • By Maggie F from London
    3 August 2018

    Lovely staff, very efficient. Great food and stunning views.

  • By Janice T from London
    6 July 2018

    We have a regular lunch here with an old friend because the surroundings are perfect, the food what we like (we always choose the same salads!) and the service perfect.

  • By Mrs Susan D from London
    23 June 2018

    Great service, good food (pre-theatre dinner), lovely views.

  • By Gill C from Maidenhead
    4 June 2018

    It was a very pleasant experience, which we had planned for a long time. The food was lovely and fresh tasting (not too heavy). The service was friendly and efficient , with a nice touch of light humour. The view was spectacular, which is what attracted us to the restaurant in the first place. We also looked at the paintings beforehand and afterwards !

  • By Julian C from London
    25 April 2018

    The location is fantastic, the staff friendly, efficient and helpful, but the food was a bit disappointing. My main course was plaice with a green pea puree, and really it was all a rather soggy, tasteless mush. My pudding was good, however, as was the bread.

  • By Carolina S from Southampton
    14 April 2018

    Overall good. The service was great and attentive. The pre theatre menu was very limited and the food was ok so we wouldn’t have that again if we came back. Good value overall

  • By John B from Leeds
    12 April 2018

    Pleasant venue, good food, attentive service.

Restaurant Location Map
Portrait Restaurant
National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Available offers

  • Festive Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco

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