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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 (exceptions, closed on Friday 30 March)

Monday 2 April and Monday 7 May, The Understudy will open from 4 - 10pm
Monday 28 May, The Understudy will open from midday - 10pm


Hungry? Grab a made to order pizza from the National Theatre's wood-fired oven, housed in a vintage Citroen van. Scroll down for more information.

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

Forthcoming Events

23 February - Zilla Nights

10 March - Zilla Nights

17 March - St Patrick's Day tap takeover with Boundary Brewery

14 April - Zilla Nights

28 April - Fourpure tap takeover

12 May - Zilla Nights

9 June - Zilla Nights

2 October - Weird Beard tap takeover - Mexican Day of the Dead

Find out more on our events page.

Pizza Van

Pizza made to order in our wood-fired oven, in a vintage Citroen van.

Located on the South Bank outside The Understudy.

Thursday 4.30pm - 10pm / Friday 4.30pm - 10pm / Saturday 4.30pm - 10pm / Sunday 4.30 - 9pm – all opening hours are weather dependent.

Pizza Van - pizzas in the oven

Board Stupid 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

The Understudy Gallery