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Portrait Restaurant

#308 of 17,075 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
+44 20 7312 2490
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely setting with great views across Westminster but an expensive (in my opinion) menu, so one for special occasions. The food is fabulous.

Thank Rachael C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love this restaurant overlooking the roof of the National Gallery. A glass of champagne, or the special English tea is a treat and perfect for taking visitors to London for the first time.

Thank Melanie V. T
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437 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We always book a table and get the window seats. Noon is best, later can be crowded. See the gallery, then take the elevator. View of Big Ben, Trafalgar roof tops. Never a complaint.

Thank yahootraveler64
Aix-les-Bains, France
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Like most of the restaurants I've been too recently in London, the Portrait is overpriced. But the food is indeed good, the service stylish, and the view quite pleasant. The location is of course quite convenient.

Thank SteveSavatte
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The NPG Restaurant is in a league of its own. I met with a friend for breakfast and the service was exemplary, as it always it. I am so proud to be a Londoner, and enjoy such an incredible experience. Breakfast was delicious, and so reasonable for the quality and views provided. Such a gem. Thank you again

Thank scosta1977
Milton Keynes, England
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78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The restaurant is relatively small with three rows of tables meaning most people will get a view over the rooftops. We found the menu great and service very good - not intrusive but always there refilling water and wine. Never a need to look for a waiter and never a waiter hovering. The food was lovely and there was nothing... More 

Thank MycroftAllan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the pre-theatre menu here when recently going to a show with visiting family members. The food was absolutely yummy - we have taken special inspiration from the buttery, minted jersey royals. However, the service made this dining experience. The service was caring and attentive; this really helped to make it feel like a special occasion. Overall a wonderful... More 

Thank LondonCeri
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great way to cap a visit to the National Portrait Gallery--possibly London's most entertaining museum. The restaurant has a splendid view over the city. The good is very good, the wine list extensive and varied, and the service punctilious and gracious. A lovely place.

Thank Andrew L
Somerset, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Perfect meal - 10 out of 10. The young waiters were immaculate and so polite and helpful, food was delicious and the views over London - extraordinary. You won't be disappointed.

Thank feedallbirds
Stockport in Cheshire UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Every year my son finds something unusual & interesting. This restaurant is situated at the top of the National Portrait Gallery so it is both in an interesting place & has a superb view. Pity that some of the buildings are not lit up as abroad. The food was delicious for fish lovers but my son had veal with a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $40
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 St. Martin's Place | National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7312 2490
At the top of the National Portrait Gallery, The Portrait Restaurant and Bar is renowned as one of London's most desirable dining venues. With sweeping panoramic views across Trafalgar Square and irresistible British cuisine, The Portrait Restaurant provides an unforgettable and unique dining experience. Set 92 feet above ground level - on the third floor of the Gallery's Ondaatje wing - The Portrait Restaurant and Bar features a sleek and stylish dining area with a contemporary decor and wooden floors. The highlight of the interior design is the striking wall of windows, enticing diners to enjoy stunning views of London's famous landmarks. From here, you can enjoy a fine meal whilst looking out at Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and, naturally, Nelson's Column.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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