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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.

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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)

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7452 3551


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

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Meltdown Cheeseburgers

Our newest act are 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.

View Meltdown Cheesburgers’ menu

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Bad Boy Pizza Society

National Pizza of the Year 2022 winners with their Pepperoni Alla Vodka pizza, BBPS are serving their fluffy yet crispy Sicilian-style rectangular pizza only at the National Theatre. (vegan options available).

View the BBPS menu


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

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Serving from 19 January.

Kids menu

Meltdown Cheesburgers have a kids cheeseburger with ketchup and small portion of chips, and Bad Boy Pizza Society offer Cheesy garlic bread dippers with a tasty tomato dip, each priced at £6.



BBPS + Meltdown February special

For the whole of Feb, get your hands on this naughty collab, combining the Bad Boy’s Tri Pie pizza with Meltdown’s JUICY beef burger

Double beef patty, double fior di latte mozzarella, BBPS spicy vodka sauce, BBPS marinara sauce, basil pesto, BBPS garlic + herb dip, shredded lettuce.


Deals & special offers

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Medium pizza and a drink for £16

When you order from Bad Boy Pizza Society at the Understudy

Drinks included in the offer: Pint of KERB lager, 175ml of house wine, soft drinks

To redeem simply show this flyer at the bar.

For full terms and conditions:

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Student deals: 20% 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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Student deals: 2 for 1 drinks

At The Understudy

Offer only applicable between 3pm – 6pm,  every Monday to Thursday.

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

For drinks included in the offer and full terms and conditions:

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