The National Dining Rooms


The food at The National Dining Rooms befits a restaurant that overlooks Trafalgar Square – it is proudly and resolutely British. Our mission is simple: to seek out, celebrate and transform the finest British regional produce into exquisite modern dishes that represent the best of Britain’s abundant food treasures.

This is the perfect place for an indulgent and unhurried lunch. For brunch or a snack, our cosy café area is the place to grab a Peyton & Byrne tea or coffee and a freshly-made British cake or homemade pie. For a more leisurely treat, drop by from 3pm for our famous National Afternoon Tea, a lavish spread of sandwiches, scones and cakes served with tea or champagne.

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Opening Times

Opening Times:

Monday - Sunday 10:00 – 17:00. Friday 10:00 – 20:00

Venue Details & Map

The National Dining Rooms

Sainsbury Wing
The National Gallery
+44 (0)20 7747 2525
Public transport:
Charing Cross


Booking Facilities
Group bookings accepted
Catering Facilities
Event catering
Set price menu
Event Facilities
Event facilities
General Facilities
Good views
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted

Yelp Reviews

3.0 out of 5 based on 16 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The National Dining Rooms

4.0 out of 5 19 March 2017
by Dani S.

We had afternoon tea here. Afternoon tea is served after 2:30 pm. You select your tea first. We chose two pots. One was Darjeeling and the other was English Breakfast Tea. It comes in black teapots with sugar and milk. Accompanying the tea is a three tiered tray filled with crust less sandwiches (smoked salmon, curry chicken, cucumber slices, ham). The curry chicken sandwiches were so...more

5.0 out of 5 1 July 2015
by Alex M.

I could not have been more pleased with our service and our meal. I made reservations- we were a party of 7- turns out they weren't that busy on a Monday, but one never knows. I'm glad I had the reservation. My students and I were seeing London- and had eaten breakfast in The Crypt, seen Trafalgar, trotted through the National Gallery, and were hungry. We had a delightful lunch. I had the...more

4.0 out of 5 22 May 2015
by Dale H.

My husband and I literally spent the best part of a day in the National Gallery, and stopped in to the National Dining Room for lunch so as to avoid Art Overload.

We were lucky to score a table at the window that overlooks Trafalgar Square. Wow! What a great spot to watch the world go by!

We both ordered the lunch special - A grilled Wiltshire ham and cheddar sandwich with English mustard...more

2.0 out of 5 12 August 2014
by Steve C.

Pretty much what everyone else said. A big letdown. Ambiance is a bit dated and didnt look very fresh or inviting. Lighting sucked and there werent very good views.

Went here for tea which is 17.50/person and gets you a few small sandwiches and mediocre food. They also add a 12.5% tip automatically which is garbage considering the god awful service we received. Ended up being 80 pounds for 4...more

1.0 out of 5 11 July 2011
by Enid S.

This place had been on my list of places to try. What a big fat flop. Ok, it wasn't the worst thing in the world. But when I order afternoon tea I want to see TIERS!!! Yes, there was 5 of us, but serving afternoon tea on plates laid between the five of us should be a crime.

The sandwiches were meh (doesn't even deserve a real word to describe it, just a sound), the scones were cold and a tad...more

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