Portrait Restaurant

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

(4.5)
British
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday – Friday: 10:00 – 21:00
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00- 18:00.

We selected it for afternoon tea for our 49th wedding anniversary. We were fortunate to receive a window seat, but all the seats were situated with good views over the capital. The selection of sandwitches and cakes were excellent surpassed only by the superb service. A VERY SPECIAL DAY.

Brian Hutchins 28 December 2016
From Andover

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More about Portrait Restaurant

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

4.5

(based on 222 reviews)

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  • dinner (84)
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(4)
14 January 2017 by Varvara Shavrova from London
Very good
(5)
11 January 2017 by L Stebbins from Tampa
The sandwiches, scones and cakes we're all equally good. I have been to places where one or two of the selections were not very good. It was nice that each tier of the tea tray had something delicious to offer.
(4)
9 January 2017 by Gillian Crake from London
Welcoming staff, superb surroundings, great food and service
(5)
9 January 2017 by Bridget Akhavan from London
Thought I was getting booking at £20 a head but was very disappointed to find I had to pay full price otherwise lovely experience. We all enjoyed it.
(5)
8 January 2017 by Lindsey Kelly from London
What an incredible view! The food is quite pricey but you are paying for the view and the service was good, they take your coats and let us sit by the window to take in the view. One waiter even bought us a little book that explained what all the buildings were. It became very busy by lunch time so booking is essential.
(5)
28 December 2016 by Brian Hutchins from Andover
We selected it for afternoon tea for our 49th wedding anniversary. We were fortunate to receive a window seat, but all the seats were situated with good views over the capital. The selection of sandwitches and cakes were excellent surpassed only by the superb service. A VERY SPECIAL DAY.
(5)
23 December 2016 by Julie from Brighton
Took my elderly aunt for afternoon tea just before Christmas. We have an amazing time. The setting was great, the food & service was excellent. They couldn't have been nicer & more accommodating with my aunt. We also had a 25% offer on the afternoon tea which made it outstanding value.
(4)
22 December 2016 by Jane from London
We enjoyed our Afternoon Tea which was an alternative to going out with friends for a christmas meal. The restaurant is very comfortable with good service and great views and the tea wss nice and. Also there was no music so it was good for conversation without having to raise our voices which is so often the case in restaurants now.
(5)
17 December 2016 by Lindsay from London
delightful experience/ delicius and eyecaching set tea, more than we could eat, in a lovely setting with service that anticiaoted what we required.
(4)
10 December 2016 by Anne Maryon-davies from London
Interesting varied menu. Dishes well cooked and well presented

Portrait Restaurant

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

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