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The National Cafe

) #7,794 of 18,140 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 good34%
  • Average21%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible12%
3 days ago
“Pretty good if a little pricey”
1 week ago
“Convivial cafe....overpricing on some items staggering!”
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
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LOCATION
The East Wing Trafalgar Square | The National Gallery, London WC2N 5DN, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Seeing as the admission for the National Gallery is free I can somewhat justify the prices at this place. Quite noisy, though I did enjoy the Vanilla Chai and the food was pretty decent. The thyme half chicken was of value, though it was dry...More

Thank Emily C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, they are fantastic amenities and mostly free! I almost always meet friends there for coffee when visiting London. Have often had coffee/lunch in the NPG cafe, which has always been pleasing, this time I met...More

Thank Gillyscarlett
Reviewed 1 week ago

Waited quite a while to be served, and order afternoon tea. When it arrived there was a plenty of cake,very small scone, and 2 finger sandwichs + 2 biscuits with topping on. This was not advertised in the picture. We asked for some more sandwiches,...More

Thank hhazeljohnson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry to post this - my friend and I popped in following a visit next door to the Portrait Gallery and thought that this looked slightly nicer than their busy noisy cafes. We sat ourselves in a mostly empty large restaurant space and waited...More

Thank bikkie
antoninoassenzo, Manager at The National Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Bikkie, Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback with us. I would be happy to discuss your feedback further to ensure we reflect thoroughly and ensure our service meets the highest standards of quality. Please do reach out to me...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here to revive our spirits when we were caught in a down pour. The young woman who served us Wes really great and made suggestions that really hit the spot. It is a tad pricy but it is inside a free gallery so it...More

Thank tracyellis2017
antoninoassenzo, Manager at The National Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Tracyellis2017, Many thanks for sharing your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed our lemon drizzle cake and also our friendly service. We look forward to welcoming you back at the National Cafè. Best Regards, Antonino Assenzo Restaurant & bar manager The National Cafè

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been told that this was a great place to eat - I passed over the restaurant and went for the cafe next door offering coffee, tea and sandwiches, salads and indulgent cakes. Everything was around the same price - not too much of...More

Thank DerbyMum
antoninoassenzo, Manager at The National Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear DerbyMum, Thank you for your feedback. I would be happy to discuss your feedback further and invite you to email me at Antonino.assenzo@peytonandbyrne.co.uk Best regards, Antonino Assenzo Restaurant & bar manager The National Cafè

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever we're in London we stay on the Strand. When we go to the National Gallery we stop in here about an hour before the museum opens and get breakfast. They open at 8 am which gives plenty of time to eat and then go...More

Thank Yellodog117
antoninoassenzo, Manager at The National Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Yellodog117, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us following your recent visit. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards, Antonino Assenzo Restaurant & bar manager The National Cafè

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting the National Gallery we were looking for somewhere to eat lunch. Normally we avoid cafes attached to places like this because the food is expensive. Although they also have a proper sit down restaurant next door where the entrees are £15 or more,...More

Thank TheTraveller314
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lack of obvious entrance doesn't help this calm oasis in the middle of crazy touristville London around Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Rd. What a relief with helpful and charming staff and pretty good food. The spaghetti vongole was very tasty despite the missing...More

Thank McCrustie2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cafe is a good place to sit down quietly and have some lunch after viewing great art. The windows overlook Trafalgar Square so there is something to look at while waiting for a very slowly served lunch. We ordered a vegetable terrine and a...More

Thank Mmarymomm
Nearby
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
...More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$26 - US$39
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 18:00
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
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Description
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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