The Portrait Restaurant


The National Portrait Gallery's rooftop restaurant boasts spectacular views over London, and has established itself as one of the capital's most sought after dining areas, set 92 feet above ground level on the Gallery's third floor. Diners can enjoy an unparalleled vista of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.

It is a smart, stylish place to enjoy dishes based on superb seasonal ingredients sourced from the country’s most esteemed suppliers. Open daily for lunch and three evenings a week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended at peak times.

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Prices and Opening Times
Typical meal price: From £26.00 (USD38.13) per diner

£26 to £40

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96% customer satisfaction rate

Opening Times:

Breakfast: Monday-Sunday, 10:00-11:00

Lunch: Monday-Friday, 12:00-14:45 Afternoon Tea: Monday-Sunday, 15:30-17:00

Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 17:30 - 22:00

Pre Theatre: Thursday,Friday & Saturday 17:30-18:30

Venue Details & Map

The Portrait Restaurant

St Martin's Place
+44 (0)20 7312 2490
Public transport:
Leicester Square or Charing Cross

Sample Menu

  • Eggs Benedict £9.50
  • Eggs Florentine £9.50
  • Severn & Wye smoked salmon, lemon £9.00
  • Smoked sea trout, duck egg dressing £9.75
  • Duck liver parfait, port and orange jelly £9.50
  • Bream, celeriac purée,lemon and saffron £20.00
  • Calves’ liver, Castelluccio lentils, baby spinach £19.50
  • Lancashire cheese and artichoke pie £19.00
  • Milk chocolate mousse, salted caramel £8.50
  • Mandarin and citrus pavlova £7.50
  • British cheese selection quince jelly £12.50
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Severn & Wye smoked salmon blini, crème fraîche, capers
  • Salt beef brioche
  • Cucumber, Marmite and cream cheese sandwich
  • Blackberry and bramley apple macaron
  • Homemade bounty bar
  • Raspberry and rose éclair
  • Mini Battenburg cake


Access into the Building
Flat routes from parking area to entrance
Booking Facilities
Group bookings accepted
Catering Facilities
Event catering
Halal options on menu
Kosher options on menu
Nut-free option on menu
Set price menu
Theatre menu
Vegetarian options on menu
Children Facilities
Childrens menu
General Facilities
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 29 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Portrait Restaurant

5.0 out of 5 16 April 2016
by Stephen K.

We had a group of 24 high school students and this was one of the highlights of the trip, having the afternoon tea service. The food was delicious, the atmosphere relaxing and lovely, the service was impeccable - I cannot rave enough. Every single person we encountered, from the person checking our coats to every single member of the waitstaff was friendly and welcoming and helpful and made...more

4.0 out of 5 27 June 2015
by Tammy K.

Nearly perfect. Had afternoon tea there. Great views. Great food. Good tea. Only complaint is that it's a bit noisy. Recommend reservations. East to do online.more

5.0 out of 5 5 August 2014
by Travis L.

Personally, it's all about the view (and classy ambiance).

I went with three other friends to the bar, and we all gushed over the view above the National Gallery. The view is rather magical because you don't see the hordes of tourists & activity on Trafalgar Square below, only the classic architecture surrounding the area. It almost felt like I was in St. Petersburg or Prague.

The wine...more

3.0 out of 5 18 April 2014
by Rachel H.

Five star view and tasty food, but overpriced. Still, that view. Yes, please!

Portrait Restaurant on the top of the National Portrait Gallery boasts really fantastic views of downtown London, Big Ben, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square, along with more brass cupolas than I realized London had, until you find yourself at this fantastic vantage point and see that its really a town full of...more

4.0 out of 5 18 November 2012
by Jonathan E.

Here's a little secret: come in the morning. You can grab a coffee, tea, boiled egg or toast and get the same views without a major spend.

The only downside to this strategy is that the views are to the East, so the morning views come with the sun in front. This makes photos (all from indoors) a bit more tricky, but also gives you a taste of what you might experience if you come here at...more

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