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The National Cafe

) #8,088 of 18,119 Restaurants in London $$ - $$$ Cafe, European, British
The East Wing Trafalgar Square | The National Gallery, London WC2N 5DN, England
+44 20 7747 5942
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  • Excellent19%
  • Very good33%
  • Average22%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible12%
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08:00 - 23:00All hours
Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The East Wing Trafalgar Square | The National Gallery, London WC2N 5DN, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went there for afternoon tea because the menu was very apealling. However, I was puzzled when we were given a tiny plate, smaller than a saucer. When the tea and food arrived I realised why. The offering was fit for a doll's house. There...More

Thank LeeRAP
Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be my favourite for coffee and breakfast. There was lovely wood panelling and wooden tables and benches and a really great atmosphere of calm. They have taken all the wood out and put in modern stuff which could be any cafe anywhere...More

Thank spencer49
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I used to love breakfast in here. It's had a refurb, the team is not so friendly, it isn't as cosy as it used to be & the food wasn't so good. I visited with some Irish friends & it wasn't a great experience. I...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast at the national gallery what a perfect way to start the day. Breakfast was lovely / eggs Benedict yum - fresh orange juice and followed by strong coffee

Thank belfast-jj
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The recent 'improvements' are regrettable. With plastic coffee cups, stale salads that nobody wants and the general ambience worse than a provincial railway cafe, it has become no go area.

Thank Eva664
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was disappointed to see the quirky black and red benches replaced with bland, 1990s canteen beech tables, grey banquettes and dusky pink chairs - add to that grey walls with no pictures and the setting is a bland dull effect that has managed to suck...More

1  Thank CazzaHayes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took two friends to this venue (not to be confused with the NG's main restaurant) and was appalled by the service. To have queried the automatic service charge of 12.5% would have delayed my friends -- otherwise I would have flatly refused to pay....More

Thank marshharry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful place it was until some corporate people got their hands on this formally brilliant space. Now drab and sad looking. More like a cheap patrol station cafe. How could the national theatre allow this? Grey carpet and fake art! This is the national...More

2  Thank weadmityourright
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let's first be clear what this review is about. This 'cafe' is not the National Dining Rooms in the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing, nor is it the National Portrait Gallery Restaurant & Cafe (almost next door). It is a very busy museum cafe during the...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had to keep getting up to ask for forgotten things. Got the wrong order. Had to ask for a napkin. Ask for a knive to have with scone. Latte was mostly froth and cold. The person who made the drinks just shrugged his shoulders when...More

Thank Rachel W
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 25 - USD 38
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
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Open Hours
09:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The East Wing Trafalgar Square | The National Gallery, London WC2N 5DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7747 5942
  • E-mail
Located in the magnificent National Gallery, The National Café offers all day dining from hearty breakfasts to opulent, evening meals. Delve into a Modern British menu created by a truly passionate team of chefs and suppliers: here at The National Café we care about quality British ingredients and source all our meat, fish, dairy and veg directly from artisan producers. Our location makes us a great choice for quick pre-theatre meals, though we're best enjoyed when you have time to soak up the luxurious surroundings ... and the wine list too!
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