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Cafes and bars

Cafes and Bars at the National Theatre

Cafes and bars

Olivier Café

The Olivier Café serves a range of homemade sandwiches and baguettes as well as an assortment of fresh salads. Our seasonal dish is a spring-time tart, the flavour of which changes week to week. This can be bought with a glass of house wine for £11. The hot food offer begins at 6pm for an evening performance and 1pm for a matinee.

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.

Take a lift from the ground floor foyer to Level 2 or 3 on the Olivier side of the building.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 6pm until the end of the Olivier interval, and from 1pm for Olivier matinee performances.

Have a look at our Sample Menu.

Kitchen Café

Kitchen is the National Theatre's new 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.


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 − 11pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon − 11pm 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.