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National Dining Rooms

Image: The National Dining Rooms

With stunning views over Trafalgar Square, enjoy brunch, a light lunch, or coffee and cake at The National Dining Rooms.

Serving a family-friendly menu of colourful, seasonal salads, open sandwiches and stone-baked pizzas with toppings both classic and creative; the restaurant champions fresh, quality ingredients from around the British Isles.

Open until 9pm on Friday’s, alongside the Gallery’s Lates, this self-service restaurant offers craft beer and a carefully curated wine list, alongside casual evening meals.

The National Dining Rooms are in the Sainsbury Wing, Level 1

Opening times: 

Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
(Fridays 10am – 9pm)

Book a table: 

No booking required. 

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The National Café

Image: The National Café

The National Café offers all-day dining, from relaxed breakfasts and decadent afternoon teas, to exhibition-inspired set menus, with a focus on quality British ingredients and local scouring. In the heart of London's West End, it's perfect for pre-theatre dining.

The Café also has a Grab and Go self-service area (open from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends), offering barista-made coffee, tea and a superb selection of fresh sandwiches, salads and indulgent cakes – great if you're short of time. 

The National Café is located by our Getty Entrance.

Opening times: 

Monday Thursday: 9.30am – 8.30pm
Friday: 9.30am – 10pm
Saturday Sunday: 9.30am – 6pm

The Grab and Go area opens from 8am (9am on weekends) and closes at 6pm (9pm on Fridays).

Book a table: 

Book online
Tel: 0207 747 2525 

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The National Espresso Bar

Image: The National Espresso Bar

The Espresso Bar is the perfect pit-stop for a coffee, cake and planning your route around the Gallery.

Choose from a selection of Peyton and Byrne cakes, pastries and freshly-made sandwiches, as well as a full range of teas, barista-made coffee, soft drinks and juices.

Opening times: 

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5.30pm
(Friday: 10am – 8.45pm)

No booking required. 

Peyton and Byrne

Image: Oliver Peyton

All dining options at the National Gallery are run by Peyton and Byrne – a catering company from celebrated restauranteur and ‘The Great British Menu’ judge, Oliver Peyton. Passionate about food, provenance and the skill of their craft, Peyton and Byrne use seasonal British ingredients as the cornerstone of all their menus and consider the entire dining experience as essential: from the design of the dining space, to the level of service provided, to the stylish and sociable ambience their customers enjoy.

Find out more about Peyton and Byrne.