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The National Dining Rooms

Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
+44 20 7747 2525
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good28%
  • Average22%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible14%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, England
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Reviewed yesterday

After visiting both the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in one afternoon, my wife and I were in need of a break from the crowds and the heat. We were lucky enough to get a table at the National Dining Rooms with a...More

Thank StanduMan
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had booked to have Afternoon Tea in The Dining Room on line. I was extremely disappointed with what was served to me, at a cost of £25 plus £2.75 service charge. The place lacked atmosphere, and the presentation of the cake stand and sandwiches...More

Thank Fiona G
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a wonderful visit to The National Gallery, I was walking by and the thought of a good meal over came me. I glanced at the menu and said yes, this would make me happy. I went a healthier route and had the Wild Mushroom...More

Thank AJVaughnDOTcom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Late opening on a Friday meant this was a convenient place for a meal after visiting the galleries before an evening at the theatre. The dining room was very quiet with few other diners. The menu was very limited but the food was delicious and...More

Thank Penguins444
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well-presented vegetarian cuisine was very tasty with the right seasoning. Staff were super-efficient, so I found the queue was much shorter than I might have expected. Good decor with plenty of space. A bit pricey maybe, but very good all round.

Thank juliant919
Reviewed 11 June 2017

The National Dining Rooms are in the Sainsbury Wing of The National Gallery and should not be confused with The National Cafe (which comes a poor second). Having said that, The National Dining Rooms are only a little step up. The menu probably tries to...More

Thank FairCityFrasie
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Visiting the Friday late opening of the Gallery, I called in at the National Dining Rooms for dinner. The Dining Room was almost empty, so finding a table was no problem. The food is ok, but not exceptional, and as befits a restaurant in central...More

1  Thank DunelmArts
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

My sister and I bought Peyton and Byrne vouchers as a present for my Mum for us to go to the National Dining rooms for afternoon tea. The tea was fine but did not match the menu online, at the entrance to the cafe or...More

Thank Rebecca M
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Dear Rebecca M, Firstly I would like to thank you for your constructive feedback. We take our guests feedback seriously which is why I felt I should personally respond to you. I am disappointed that on this occasion our Afternoon tea offering was not to...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

A useful location for a light lunch or tea, although the view and light is very restricted - so can feel gloomy. Also, the food selection has become more limited - although scones still good.

Thank 28HBS
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

OK for a pot of tea and really quite decent carrot cake. London prices. Minimal service. Almost always plenty of spaceMore

Thank Mike P
Peyton B, Manager at The National Dining Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Dear Mike P, Thank you for your review. As always we appreciate all feedback provided by our guests. I am glad you found our carrot cake to be decent. It is a counter service designed to have guests grab and go without any fuss. I...More

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
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, View, Child-friendly
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
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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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