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The National Cafe

#8,052 of 18,283 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%
15 Aug 2017
“Pretty good if a little pricey”
11 Aug 2017
“Convivial cafe....overpricing on some items staggering!”
Open Now
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 1 week ago

We were looking forward to lunching at the National Cafe, having had an excellent meal there previously with friends, however today the greeting was less than friendly and the menu was boring. There was nothing on the menu that attracted us and so we left...More

Thank Nick W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently re-modelled and now resembles a pale green garden centre cafe - prices outrageous but food quality fine. Staff generally rude and indifferent. Tea £2.20 a cup and served in a paper takeaway cup. Had an Apple pie which in itself was fine but plastic...More

1  Thank MarkE101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to the National Cafe for some years - it never failed to delight guests with the venue, service and the food. A hidden gem. That alas, was not my experience last Friday. I went with a colleague for the set lunch....More

Thank chrisF8936TK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked three places this morning on the Internet. So that was easy. Mum and I had the Superfood Salad - which was superb - with quinoa, tomatoes, broccoli, and avocados...Dad had the Cumbrian chicken. He doesn't like his food to be, to quote him,...More

Thank SusanPakka
Reviewed 15 August 2017

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 11 August 2017

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 10 August 2017

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 3 August 2017

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 8 August 2017

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 30 July 2017

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 9 August 2017

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 26 July 2017

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 Itinerantur17
antoninoassenzo, Manager at The National Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

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

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
Average prices
US$27 - US$41
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
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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