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The Understudy

Whilst Covid-19 measures are in place, our restaurants, cafes and bars are closed. Ticket-holders for performances at the theatre need to book drinks and snacks in advance, and collect them on their way into the auditorium.

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



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

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If you need to call us, phone 020 7452 3551

Board Game Sunday - Free Drink for Every Winner

Board Game Sundays are here to level-up your weekend. With riverside views, craft beer and both new and classic board games, Sunday afternoons have never felt so good.

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.

Free entry, though a card will be held as a deposit. Booking advised.

Maximum prize of one drink per group, per hour. Free drink a 175ml house wine, a single house spirit and mixer including alcohol-free options, soft drink, or anything on draught (appropriate serve size).

Board Games at the National Theatre

Forthcoming Events

25 March - Boxcar Tap Takeover

28 March - Garage Beer Co.

Zilla Nights every Friday 7.30pm - 1am

PriZilla Nights, first Friday of the month, 7.30pm till late

Pub Quiz - every first Tuesday of the month, 7pm onwards

Find out more on our events page.

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