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Portrait Restaurant

#368 of 17,689 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 - 21:00
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food service and view were amazing. I would thoroughly recommend it. It was a Saturday and quite busy but this did not affect the service and quality of food.

Thank Mims184
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant offers a very reasonable and tasty pre theatre meal. Although a small selection of dishes it was just right for early evening washed down with a glass of wine. Really liked the pleasant and friendly service, not so keen on the acoustics as conversation was at times difficult. But hey. This is not an all evening restaurant so... More 

Thank CHews
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited the Taylor Wessing Portrait exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery. It was a terrible day, quite a downpour and the traffic was chaotic, I had been looking for somewhere to eat. Pret a Manger caught my eye, it was across the street, but I opted to take the safer option and skip it. I was delighted to... More 

Thank PatrickIrl
Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Dropped in before going to the Portrait Gallery. Good lattes and mocha. 2 drinks and croissant £6.40

Thank RadTel
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my mother really enjoyed this well-priced afternoon tea along with discreet and helpful service!!!A must-visit soon.Thank you!

Thank Marion W
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely vista this place has. The staff were very friendly and the afternoon tea was a little bit quirky with items that were different from the traditional selection you have at other places. The salads were my favourite and everyone in our party had something they thought was the best bit. Would certainly return.

Thank ScottieLass88
southampton Uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went after viewing the caravaggio exhibition - beautiful location - wonderful views over the roof tops of london - polite helpful staff - and food was good as well - it wants perfect - my husband had to send back his pheasant to be cooked again as it was too rare but they were very obliging and did it very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for breakfast / brunch on New Year's Day morning. It was a perfect, if slightly decadent, start to the new year. I had perfect eggs florentine, with fresh orange juice, a punchy double macchiato and a pear bellini -well, it was New Year ;-) Lovely food and drinks, brilliant location (possibly the best view in London) and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived for a 5.45 pm booking. It was already nearly full and people without a reservation were being turned away. Were shown to a window table with excellent views across to Nelson's Column. Nice meal, promptly served without being rushed. Our waiter had just the right balance of formality and friendliness. All this, and you get to look around the... More 

Thank Lonnielayabout
Coldstream, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit to the restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery and will be looking forward to another visit, hopefully soon. On arrival we could not have been made more welcome and, although the restaurant was busy, a table was found that presented us with the superb view over the city towards Westminster, it was misty and that only added... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$37
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 18:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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