Portrait Restaurant

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

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

Very attentive staff - despite them having to cope with a large function at the same time.

Carol Sacha 23 March 2017
From Haslemere

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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.

Customer Reviews for Portrait Restaurant


(based on 251 reviews)

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  • lunch (128)
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  • romantic (53)
  • value (37)
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27 March 2017 by Helen from London
My 10 yr old daughter and I went for Afternoon Tea and had a delightful time.
The service is superb - you can always catch a staff member's eye and nothing is too much trouble, with them often pre-empting your request. All staff say hello as you enter and wave you off like an old friend on departure.
As an adult I considered the afternoon tea to be spot on, but it was too grown up for my 10 year old who would have preferred something like a chocolate éclair. Perhaps a children's menu would be possible?
The only negative was that we were charged for the lemonade that my daughter had instead of a cup of tea.
This isn't my first visit, I've been with a variety of people and had a great time each visit.
23 March 2017 by Carol Sacha from Haslemere
Very attentive staff - despite them having to cope with a large function at the same time.
22 March 2017 by Rosie Rogers from London
Very good, unhurried tea, lovely views
22 March 2017 by Jiwon Kim from Suncheon, repubilic of korea
It was very nice experience! I never forget this delicious afternoon tea.
16 March 2017 by Christina Beamish from Cork
Delicious food, elegant ambience and excellent service. Thank you for a lovely dining experience. Christina
15 March 2017 by Veronica Gullo from London
Fun. Clean. Nice wait staff.
Stayed for afternoon tea. Food was priced affordable, the tea sandwiches were good, as were the sconces & desserts.

I'm guessing there are more elaborate afternoon teas available with amazing nibbles, but this one gave us the experience we wanted.
10 March 2017 by Christine Dixon from London
Extremely helpful and attentive whilst not intrusive.
9 March 2017 by Debbie Landray from Oxford
Excellent in every way!
8 March 2017 by Emma Twyning from London
Absolutely loved it - highly recommended
4 March 2017 by Sally Osborn from Hemel Hempstead
excellent, lovely service, lovely staff and lovely food. Thankyou.

Portrait Restaurant

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

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