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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

Christmas & New Year

23-25 December, closed

26 December, 4pm - 10pm

31 December, 12noon - 6om

1 January 2019, 4pm - 11pm

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

Follow us on Twitter @ntUnderstudy 

Follow us on Instagram @ntUnderstudy

If you need to call us, phone 020 7452 3551

Weird Beard Tap Takeover - Day of the Dead

Come and celebrate Day of The Dead at The Understudy as West London's Weird Beard Brew Co take over our taps.

Alongside some fearsome beer, you can enjoy a muertorita (our dark twist on the classic margarita) among festooned strings of festive, colourful papel picado. Get your face painted with the traditional sugar skull imagery then see how many you can spot around the bar for the chance to win a – drinkable – prize! All sound-tracked by a mash up of traditional Mexican music and Latin American inspired hard rock - this is sure to be a death in paradise.

Friday 2 November 5pm – 2am

Belgian Bonanza tap takeover - 1 December

Join us for our special Christmas Tap Takeover featuring the cream of modern Belgian brewing.

Come and usher in the festive season with ten taps of lambic, tripels, & big festive quads from the likes of Brasserie de la Senne, Gueuzerie Tilquin, Siphon, and Brouwerij De Ranke alongside some classic Belgian Christmas beers.

Saturday 1 December 5pm-2am.

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

Forthcoming Events

2 November - Weird Beard tap takeover - Day of the Dead

1 December - Belgian Bonanza tap takeover

Find out more on our events page.

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