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From our riverside location on London’s vibrant South Bank, The Understudy serves up an unbeatable line-up of Gipsy Hill beers and guest ales, wine from the best independent makers, spirits by East London Liquor Co. and a curated selection of three KERB street food traders.

Bring your mates and settle into our vibrant indoor bar, or soak up the views on our outdoor terrace.

Look out for regular tap takeovers, special events and limited edition themed dishes.

Please note, during the month of July, The Understudy will be walk-in only on the weekends.

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Opening times

Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 12 midnight (food service until 10pm)
Thursday – Saturday: 12 noon – 1am (food service until 10pm)
Sunday: 12 noon – 10pm (food service until 9pm)

Book a table

Tel: +44 (0)20 7452 3551


The Understudy, National Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1 9PX
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KERB traders at The Understudy

A double pattie burger in a bun with green sauce, and melted cheese.

Meltdown Cheeseburgers

Slinging out a range of juicy, oozy burgers, (choose from double smashed beef patty, spiced chicken thigh or vegan patty) – plus rotating monthly specials and loaded beef brisket fries. Beef comes courtesy of Farm Wilder, who prioritise ethical regenerative farming methods.

View the Meltdown menu

A wooden table filled with various Asian dishes, including bowls of ramen, grilled vegetables, and salads, accompanied by a can of beverage. The dishes are colorful, featuring ingredients like corn, scallions, and leafy greens, with chopsticks and spoons placed nearby.

Sen Noods

Serving up tasty East-Asian ramen bowls and dumplings, plus Japanese fried kitchen and Hong Kong noodles.

View Sen Noods’ menu

A selection of eastern mediteranean inspired dishes from Sireli.


Translating to ‘my love’ in Armenian, Sireli focuses on delicious, modern Middle-Eastern food, with a selection of flatbread wraps and small plates.

View Sireli’s menu

The Understudy gallery


Deals & special offers

A tray of chips covered in parmesan and with a beef in gravy topping being piled on top.

Student deals: 15% discount

On all food & drinks at The Understudy

Available all day

To redeem this offer, show your student card to The Understudy bar team.

Not available when ordering via QR codes.

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Glass of Prosecco for every graduate

Celebrate your huge achievement with a complimentary glass of Prosecco!

Available all day at The Understudy

To redeem this offer, book a table via this link and show your student card to staff on arrival. Only valid for reserved tables.