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July 2021: The gallery is closed for a major refurbishment - it will reopen in 2023.

survey result

Summary

£74
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Cracking views over the rooftops of Trafalgar Square and beyond from a sun-drenched room” earn the NPG’s top-floor dining room decent ratings as a venue for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, or for an “early supper before the opera at the Coliseum”. The food is “quite adequate” although “not spectacular”. (There’s also a Spartan café in the basement).

Summary

£74
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Cracking views over the rooftops of Trafalgar Square and beyond from a sun-drenched room” earn the NPG’s top-floor dining room decent ratings as a venue for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, or for an “early supper before the opera at the Coliseum”. The food is “quite adequate” although “not spectacular”. (There’s also a Spartan café in the basement).

Summary

£67
  £££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Great vistas over centuries-old London rooftops to Parliament” lend a frisson to a visit to this top-floor dining room, which remains a highly popular West End destination. Even if the “pleasant”, “unadventurous” food is arguably “nothing to write home about” the “other elements make up for it”. Top Tip: good afternoon tea (“it looks as if Nelson could step off his pedestal and join you – who could blame him with all the goodies on offer…”)

Summary

£67
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Views over the rooftops lend a very spacy and special ambience” to this top-floor dining room above the gallery and “justify the trip alone”. “You pay a premium” for “mainstream” cooking, but it’s “not bad” and “great for guests from out of town”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions, Entertainments
No dress code
115

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £29.50 £33.00
Dinner £45.00 £59.00
Pretheatre £22.00 £25.00
SundayLunch   £33.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.50 £25.00 £3.75 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £2.80
Extras  
Service 12.50%
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Opening hours
Monday10 am‑3 pm
Tuesday10 am‑3 pm
Wednesday10 am‑3 pm
Thursday10 am‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Friday10 am‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Saturday10 am‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑8 pm
Sunday10 am‑3 pm

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