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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
Good food and service in a nasty concrete place

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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London, United Kingdom
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30 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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London, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Farnham UK
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Never disappointed by productions at the NT. Set was very clever for this fine performance of GBS. Clever, witty and such a fine cast - not just about Ralph Fiennes.

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Essex UK
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189 reviews 189 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A group of us who attend a class at Rambert have taken to going for lunch to The Kitchen at NT, as there are several large tables enabling us to sit together. Today we got the table, but the queue for food was so long that I gave up. Matinee day! BFI and SouthBank Terrace are equally good, so do... More 

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United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We went to the Terrace Bar & Food before watching the excellent Behind the Beautiful Forevers (probably should have had a curry to set the mood) and had a variety of the tapas style dishes. Zucchini, steak tartare, lamb' & a heritage beetroot salad were all hits but the prawns with a weird sauce were a bit of a miss.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The lack of proper vegetarian and vegan options is atrocious for a venue of such esteem as the national theatre. Definitely worse though was the argumentative nature, lack of knowledge, and unhelpfulness of staff when asking about dishes. This is particularly unacceptable given that their menu states that they are happy to accommodate allergies and particular diets. So for the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We went to see Behind The Beautiful Forevers at The National. This was our first visit since all the dining facilities were changed. It used to be very convenient to go to the 3rd floor lobby cafe and take the £10 special meal (incl. wine). This is now a sandwich/cold food-only counter and was deserted as a result! We were... 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

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  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 14

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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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