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The National Dining Rooms

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
+44 20 7747 2525
10:00 - 22:00
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Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The National Gallery's restaurant seems to have kept up standards despite the change of francise. Service was a little slow but my ham hock scotch egg was tasty and filling though billed as a starter.

Thank J_Jarndyce
London, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The bill of fare offers traditional British dishes - fish & chips; ribeye steak - and, for the adventurous, a knickerbocker glory is available on the dessert menu. The food usually is freshly prepared, tasty, and well presented. The service is truly exceptional . . . the staff are good humoured, attentive, and respond swiftly to customer queries ir concerns.

Thank borrum
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201 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In for a three course meal, I had been attracted by an interesting menu and rainy day. The service is professional and courteous, the interior simple yet modern and very spacious. I had three scallops for a starter followed by fried Dover sole. The meals were okay but unimaginative. The above plus a glass of wine, glass of water and... More 

Thank Ariel857
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217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe in the Sainsbury wing is a good size space and offers beverages, cakes and meals. A comfortable place to sit after spending time wandering through the art galleries.

Thank Bruno S
Greater London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We had a cappuchino before going to the exhibition. For £3.00 it was half a small cup of coffee and the rest was foam

Thank elamau
London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

I meet friends here every week and the best thing about this place is that it is spacious so we never feel pressured into leaving the table as soon as we have finished our drinks/food.

Thank Susie S
Milan, Italy
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

As soon as you nurish your brain and eyes with masterpieces at National gallery, then you need to feed the stomach too. Its a good occasion to do that in the Sainsbury wing, nice atmosphere, fish and spinach or hamburger is good. Sometimes due to the numerosus clients, the service is a bit slow or you have to wait to... More 

Thank GAIART33
oxford, england
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Two of us had a quick lunch. Service was excllent. View was superb of Trafalgar Square and the 4th plinth!

Thank calypso53
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Also confusingly a Peyton & Byrne but branded as the national dining rooms, there is a warm welcome at lunchtime where you can choose counter service or a la carte. I went for counter service, unfortunately only one till and a slight queue at 12.45 so it could well be bedlam at later times or in peak season. The food... More 

Thank plivingstone84
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I needed to rest my knee and really wanted a drink... not only did they drum up a mixologist, he created divine drinks and nibbles. The background music is wrong and the decor a bit soulless... but the staff were friendly and helpful. Go to support them and get a delicious drink to support yourself!

Thank Gazzard1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7747 2525
The National Dining Rooms offer stunning views over Trafalgar Square; the perfect place for an indulgent, unhurried lunch away from the crowds below. Our chefs use regional produce that represent the best of Britain’s independent, agricultural traders. Open daily (and until late on Fridays) for both formal lunches and casual snacks. Our cosy cafe area holds host to our famous National Afternoon Teas: a lavish spread of sandwiches, scones and cake, fine loose leaf teas and champagne. Surrounded world famous artworks, The National Dining Room is the ideal environment to enjoy a culinary masterpiece while discussing the galleries contents below.

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Staying in Trafalgar Square / Embankment

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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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