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Cafes and bars

Cafes and Bars at the National Theatre

Cafes and bars

Kitchen Café

Kitchen is the National Theatre's all-day café. It is situated on the riverfront with large indoor and outdoor seating areas, and focuses on simple dishes using the freshest ingredients and local suppliers.

Opening hours. Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 8pm; Sundays, closed.


Olivier Café

The Olivier Café serves a range of homemade sandwiches and fresh salads, as well as a warm tart which is made in house and changed seasonally. This can be purchased along with a seasonal salad and a glass of our house wine for £12.

Also available are a range of homemade cakes, snacks, bottled beers, wines and soft drinks. Take full advantage of the view from the outdoor seating in two balcony areas.

To reach the Olivier Café take a lift from the ground floor to level 2 or 3 in the Olivier Theatre.

Opening hours: The Olivier Café opens one and a half hours before the show starts in the Olivier Theatre and closes at the end of the interval.



Find out more about using the National for private parties, meetings or conferences in Hospitality/Private Hire


From coffee to cocktails, the NT has unique spaces for you to enjoy.

The Understudy, a relaxed and friendly craft beer pub at the National Theatre.

Espresso Bar, delicious coffees, freshly made cakes, sandwiches and snacks.

The Long Bar in the main foyer is open 5 − 10.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon − 10.30pm on days when there is a matinee performance in the Olivier or Lyttelton.

Olivier performance bars, in the stalls and circle foyers of the Olivier Theatre, open just before performances and during intervals.

Dorfman cafe bar, in the Dorfman foyer.

The Dorfman is our new multipurpose space, great for meetings, study sessions or a quiet lunch. Forming part of our Clore Learning Centre, the Dorfman offers access behind the scenes as you walk along the Sherling High-Level Walkway, or take part in a session in the Duffield Studio or Cottesloe Room.

The Dorfman Bar is open all day and stocks a wide range of drinks from lagers to lattes, whiskey to wine. There are sandwiches and cakes, popcorn and crisps, as well a selection of sweets and goodies for the kids. You can also buy gifts from our All About Theatre range, including a huge poster just waiting to be coloured in.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – late (show dependent)

Beat the Queues!
Orders for interval drinks and sandwiches can be placed at the Olivier Café, or at any of our bars.