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Royal National Theatre

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Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
020 7452 3600
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
National Theatre Kitchen Cafe

Cafe here is very good, not crowded and a good place to have some delicious cakes and coffee away from the hustle and bustle. Very clean and lovely décor.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Cafe here is very good, not crowded and a good place to have some delicious cakes and coffee away from the hustle and bustle. Very clean and lovely décor.

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London, United Kingdom
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87 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We have eaten there twice in the last few weeks. The waiter service is very friendly and good. On the second occasion the restaurant was full and the kitchen could barely cope. [Irritating to book a meal at the theatre and then have to gulp food fast.] The situation for ourselves and others only saved by the charming waiter. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

We often attend performances at the national theatre. We have never been disappointed and always enjoyed the performances. The recent update of the lobby and booking office has added to the experience and the staff are always very helpful/friendly.

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The performances are unreal .The sound blows you away and you can see well even if you are high up. A great trip I will never forget...

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London, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I hadn't visited the NT for many months and was surprised that there was a new caff "The Kitchen." The queues were enormous. Cakes were left uncovered in a central area for people to cough over. There was poor choice for veggies.The soup was carrot and vegan and was OK but the only other vegan "dish" was an overpriced hummus... More 

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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Love to spend time here. There are several programs you may care to hear or see, music, theatre etc. The lounge is also a great place to relax in with a cup of tea or coffee. Best of all is the book store & the film & DVD Store! You get to find something you always wanted.

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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We had booked dinner at House for 5.45pm, but at that time we were still on a train, due to a 'fatality' on the line which meant all trains were stopped. We phoned the restaurant to explain, and left a message asking if there was any chance we could eat after the show instead; to our amazement they called back... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The House fed and watered us well, before our play at the Dorfman Theatre which is a 5 minute walk outside. The restaurant itself has a low concrete ceiling like an egg box giving us claustrophobia, but then again the whole of the National Theatre is a concrete monstrosity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The foyer of the national theatre on the south bank is a cavernous place with lots of nooks and different seating areas. It's an ideal place for a coffee (which I had) and some lunch, closely located near Westminster and not far from Waterloo. Ideal for business or friends Just don't go for the architecture ;-)

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Went last night to House, the flagship restaurant at the National. Service was quick and efficient and the venue good for the theatre. My friend had fish and she said it was lovely. I had rib eye steak and swapped chips for spinach. I asked for rare. The steak was rare but extremely tough which is quite a feat to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Upper Ground | South Bank, London SE1 9PX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southbank
  • Neighborhood: Southbank
  • Phone Number: 020 7452 3600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 14

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Southbank
Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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