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The Understudy

The Understudy exterior with passerby

The Understudy

A relaxed and friendly craft beer pub at the National Theatre.

Situated right on London's vibrant South Bank, The Understudy has riverside seating and serves a range of draught beers, wines and cocktails.

Opening times:
Monday to Wednesday, 12 noon – 12 midnight
Thursday to Saturday, 12 noon – 1am
Sunday, 12 noon - 10pm

Easter opening times:

Good Friday 3 May, closed

Easter Saturday, 12 noon – 1am

Easter Sunday, closed

Easter Monday, 4pm - 12 midnight

Reservations: to request a table reservation please send us an e-mail. We will reply within 48 hours.

Follow us on Twitter @ntUnderstudy 

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If you need to call us, phone 020 7452 3551

Board Game Sunday - Free Drink for Every Winner

Love board games? Love Sunday afternoon in the pub?

Every Sunday pick up a board game from our collection with your pint, and we'll give the winner of your game a free drink.

Maximum prize of one drink per table, per hour. Free drink can be a pint, a 175ml house wine, a single house spirit and mixer, or soft drink. Deposit of £5 cash or a card is needed behind the bar.

Board Games at the National Theatre

Beer and Cheese Pairing

Try our new beer and toastie pairings, and get your matched beer half-price.

Pick from one of our three cheese toasties, The Italian Job, The Smokey One, and It's Nacho Sandwich, and our experct bar staff will recommend the perfect beer pairing for your cheese.

View our current menu. All of our toasties come with a side of red cabbage and apple slaw infused with the Belgian Trappist beer Orval.

Please order at the bar.

Cheese and Beer Pairing The Understudy

Forthcoming Events

16 February 2019 - Pressure Drop tap takeover

6 March 2019 - Boheme tap takeover

Find out more on our events page.

The Understudy Gallery