Portrait Restaurant

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


Lovely setting, afternoon tea was very good & the service exceptional. Couldn't fault the whole experience.

Susan Ridgett 30 January 2016
From Romford

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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


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2 February 2016 by Line from London
Very nice for afternoon tea and great views. However, booked at 15.30 and last orders were at 17.00 so better to go earlier if possible.
1 February 2016 by Michael Tattersall from Carlisle
Amazing view over London skyline. Staff all courteous and friendly, food ( afternoon tea) excellent and all areas very clean.
31 January 2016 by Angela Powell from London
Excellent service- great wine recommendation and the food was outstanding. Not only that they got us out quickly enough for our theatre start.
31 January 2016 by Frances from London
Very tasty pre theatre menu with excellent service and great views
30 January 2016 by John Norcross from Milwaukee
Staff was friendly and helpful. This was a chance for me to have a long-overdue conversation with a dear friend from school, whom I hadn't seen in 20+ years. The wait staff was courteous to try not to intrude or interrupt conversation. The view, by the way, rocketed up my list of "the best views in London"! For a long time, that list was topped by Hampstead Heath. I hear that the Shard has probably overtaken that. But the landscape framed view of the iconic skyline was breathtaking. My dining companion told me she be bringing her family to the restaurant when next in London!
30 January 2016 by Susan Ridgett from Romford
Lovely setting, afternoon tea was very good & the service exceptional. Couldn't fault the whole experience.
25 January 2016 by Jill Want from London
Beautiful location. Delicious sandwiches, cakes and good choice of teas. Minor things to note, we did request a window seat as the view is spectacular and were told it couldn't be guaranteed. When we arrived for our 4pm booking, we asked again for a window seat and pointed to a table that was just being vacated. We were told that if we took it we would have to leave by 5pm to make way for evening diners. Not the relaxed experience we had been hoping for, so we opted for a non-window seat. The table we had wanted lay vacant for an hour and a half until the time we left. So whilst the waiting staff were great, the front of house staff could be a little more thoughtful and flexible. Also the cream with the scones is not clotted cream, but just the regular whipped stuff.
23 January 2016 by Kate Hunt from London
It was wonderful we had a really great evening - the service was especially good - very thoughtful
22 January 2016 by Lorraine Worby from London
We had a lovely afternoon tea with a good selection of sandwiches and rolls. The view of London was excellent and the service first class would thoroughly recommend.
21 January 2016 by Geoffrey Rowell from Chichester District
A very good table by the window as requested. A good set meal menu choice,speedily served, but was grateful not to be hustled away from the table as my guest who lives overseas and I needed to talk.

Portrait Restaurant

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

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