The Southbank’s National Theatre has just emerged from a full refurbishment transforming the public spaces of the iconic theatre. The Resident gives you the lowdown of what you can expect from the new look
Expanded Bookshop at the National Theatre
The renowned bookshop at the National Theatre has reopened bigger and better than ever before. The new, expanded bookshop will be located by the entrance pavilion, where family events, book signings and launches are set to take place. The bookshop will continue to offer the largest collection of play texts in the UK, as well as sell a variety of special gifts inspired by the plays and the National Theatre building. MiniModerns has designed a special collection of souvenirs inspired by well-known props in famous National Theatre productions. The bookshop is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30am to 10:45pm and on Sundays from noon to 6pm.
House restaurant and bar
Formally known as the Mezzanine, the House restaurant and bar combines a sophisticated new look with a quality menu that offers classic and modern European meals. Suppliers handpicked by the Executive Chef, Simon Flint, and team ensure a varied menu that includes quality dishes, like home cured Salmon and whiskey fennel. Entrance into House will be from the riverfront and you can get amazing views of the Thames from House’s balconies overlooking it. House restaurant and bar is open for lunch Wednesdays through Sundays from 12pm to 2:30pm and for dinner Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm to 11pm.
Quick but delicious is the goal of the National Theatre’s new all-day-dining café Kitchen that serves simple and healthy dishes which are prepared to order. The café will also feature a collection of homemade products, including jams, pickles, cheeses and breads, available to purchase. Kitchen is a lovely addition to the ever popular informal dining scene along the South Bank, and it large outdoor seating area allows you to soak up the riverfront’s atmosphere. The Kitchen is open Mondays to Sundays from 9:30am to 8pm.
The Green Room
Inspired by the very successful pop-up bar, Propstore, the National Theatre and the local social enterprise Coin Star Community Builders will collaborate to open the Green Room next month. Situated on land that the National Theatre plans to develop on, next to Rambert Dance Studios, the Green Room will be the National Theatre’s first off-site restaurant. The restaurant will be open for five years until the National Theatre needs to space for permanent redevelopment. While it’s open though, the Green Room will offer a casual menu, developed by the National Theatre’s Executive Chef, Simon Flint. Flint uses quality ingredients from local source to bring customers a variety of meals from nibbles to larger plates. The Green Room opens early in December from Mondays to Sunday, 11am to 11pm.
Formerly the site of the National Theatre’s Stage Door, the Understudy is the newest casual pub on London’s South Bank. The bar combines the traditional style of a London pub with the creative flair of the National Theatre. Locally brewed and independent beers and London-made spirits will be on offer, with classic bar foods. The outdoor seating area connects the Understudy up to the river walk, offering spectacular views of the river Thames. The Understudy is open Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 1am and Sundays from 12pm to 11pm.
Words by Cassie Smith