Spend your weekend at London’s best gallery restaurants
Celebrate the bank holiday weekend in London or enjoy a day trip outside of the city by enjoying art and food at the best gallery restaurants
Whether you’re relaxing after a day exploring London’s museums, looking for a reliable place to meet up with friends, or want to soak up some culture in the Somerset countryside, our selection of some of the best gallery restaurants offers the perfect way to Enjoy the holiday weekend.
Ocher in the National Gallery
Ocher at the National Gallery is a modern European restaurant from the founders of Muriel’s Kitchen. Ocher serves all day dining – from brunch to afternoon tea and dinner – with a special emphasis on the best of British local produce. Notable dishes include Saddleback Pork and Westcombe Cheddar Croquettes with Wild Nettle Pesto and Aged Parmesan; Saffron Fettuccine with Indian-Spiced Ricotta; and English mussels with Cornish cider.
The warm and casually elegant design of the room by Gergei Erdei makes it the ideal place for an afternoon business lunch or dinner with friends. We recommend trying the pre-theatre menu which includes a cocktail or wine, starter, main and side for a reasonable £35.
Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser & Wirth Somerset is the perfect rural setting to enjoy a day out of the city. Housed in an old cow barn, the eclectic bar and restaurant was designed by Björn and Oddur Roth (son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth) with white walls covered in a few colorful artworks, one bar decorated with a jumble of salvaged items and beamed ceilings to create a warm, charmingly blended environment.
Outside is a spectacular garden landscaped by Piet Oudolf and inside is a delicious selection of food, much of which comes from the on-site farm. Meat lovers shouldn’t miss the Wagyu burger or butcher’s sausage on the menu. All meat comes from barn-raised cattle and is dry-aged in a purpose-built salt room lined with over 500 hand-cut Himalayan salt bricks.
Toklas at 180 The Strand
One of London’s most famous new restaurants, Toklas is an understated Mediterranean spot at 180 The Strand created by the founders of Frieze. His simple dishes are packed with flavor—think octopus with piattoni beans and rat potatoes; zucchini salad with radish, pecorino and almonds; and buffalo mozzarella, with peas, broad beans and mint. It’s a relaxed but lively spot with mid-century furniture and walls covered in prints, posters, and original artwork.
Townsend at the Whitechapel Gallery
Townsend at Whitechapel Gallery is a modern British dining room in London’s East End. The rotating menu features highlights like braised shoulder of venison with mashed turnips; wild mushrooms on toast with chicken egg and thyme; and cloudy cheesecake with poached plums.
Burgundy leather booths and wood paneled walls give the room a cozy, secluded feel, making it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.