The National Cafe  

 
 
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East Wing National Gallery, Westminster, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Thu 9.30am-8.30pm, Fri 9.30am-10pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am-6pm | Afternoon Tea daily 3pm-5pm
 
PRICES
The Gauguin Afternoon Tea (7 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020) £22.50 (per person), £31.50 (with glass of Jean Paul Deville Champagne)
 

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The National Cafe On the ground floor of the East Wing of the National Gallery, with its own entrance opposite St Martin-in-the-Fields, The National Cafe is a modern all-day restaurant offering fresh food in fine surroundings. With tall ceilings and long windows that let the light flood in, the dining room is done up in pink accents and pale wood. Under the direction of Oliver Peyton's restaurant company, Peyton and Byrne, the focus is on quality British ingredients so you can be sure your fish is well sourced. They offer everything from brunch to pre-theatre dining and do a decadent afternoon tea. From 7th October 2019 until 26th January 2020, afternoon tea, served daily between 3pm and 5pm, celebrates the work of the impressionist Paul Gauguin whose exotic portraits are on display at the gallery. Smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones are followed by colourful patisserie made with pistachio and raspberry to play on Gauguin's bright colour palette. Aromatic wild berry and Gardenia teas are the perfect accompaniment.

 

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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £143  33% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 2 minutes from The National Cafe
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39 William IV Street, WC2N | 1 minute from The National Cafe
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140 Irving Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from The National Cafe
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The National Cafe, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from The National Cafe
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Library
London > Nightlife > Bars
112 St Martin's Lane , Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from The National Cafe
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45 St Martins Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from The National Cafe
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45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from The National Cafe
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St Martins Lane Hotel
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1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from The National Cafe
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Sondheim Theatre 6 minutes walk from The National Cafe

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London Transport Museum 7 minutes walk from The National Cafe

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London Transport Museum 7 minutes walk from The National Cafe

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Duchess Theatre 8 minutes walk from The National Cafe

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