The National Theatre does Summer…

With Summer now in full swing the National Theatre is welcoming Londoners and visitors to the South Bank with a range of summer drinking, open-air dining and riverside entertainment. The new cafés and bars offer something for all visitors, with local London craft beer from the Container Bar by The Understudy, wood-fired pizzas from Kitchen, a pop-up Fever-Tree Garden and BBQ at The Green Room, and views of the capital from the new rooftop Prosecco Bar at Terrace restaurant!

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Riverside eating and drinking at The Understudy and Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 22.44.53The Understudy, the National Theatre’s relaxed, down-to-earth pub, and Kitchen, the adjacent all-day dining café have opened their doors onto the riverside outdoor seating area. Craft beer, wood-fired pizzas and ice cream will be on offer to fuel hungry theatregoers and South Bank-explorers alike!

From midday and well into the evening, local craft beer and wine will be served from a new container bar from The Understudy. Beers from local brewery Meantime will be available to purchase all day, as well as craft brews from The Kernel, Siren, and Brew by Numbers amongst others.

Kitchen’s wood-fired pizza van will serve traditional pizzas and twists on classics, such as spicy nduja salame, smoked mozzarella, tomato and rocket, and creamed pecorino, pesto, spinach and egg, as well as a daily special. The Kitchen ice cream van will be serving traditional favourites throughout the day. The National’s new riverside square will come alive at weekends from late July until the end of August with music and performance for all ages.

Fever-Tree Garden at The Green Room

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 22.44.45The Green Room at the National Theatre has raised the curtain on its first summer season with a pop-up Fever-Tree Garden courtesy of the quintessentially British drinks specialists, which will transform the expansive surrounding into an urban oasis of summer drinking and dining.

Two Fever-Tree garden bars invite guests to become the mixologists and create their ideal G&T pairing from a specially curated gin list featuring a range of gins including Sipsmith, Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry and Hendrick’s. Guests will be guided by bartenders to select their own perfect tonic pairing, with the full range of Fever-Tree’s natural tonic water to choose from.

On Thursday and Friday evenings, The Green Room chefs will light up the barbecue and take inspiration from the restaurant’s casual dining menu to serve a selection of summer favourites including delicious Pork or Chicken Souvlaki in Flatbread, Hotdogs and Grilled Cheese London style using locally-made Bermondsey Fryer.

Prosecco Bar at Terrace Restaurant

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 22.44.37The Terrace Restaurant, located high up within the National Theatre, is alive and kicking with a rooftop Prosecco Bar offering impressive riverside views of the London skyline. And for those looking to escape the South Bank crowds you can enjoy the specially curated pop-up Prosecco bar, in partnership with Jascots Wine Merchants’ new Vino Vispo sparkling wine.

As well as the sparkling wine on tap from the Vino Vispo bar, guests can enjoy the balcony sun-trap over a selection of sparkling cocktails including a Wild Hibiscus Frizzante and Italian Kir Reale in refreshing, summer fruit flavours. In addition to a range of proseccos and red and white wines behind the bar, a menu of authentic Italian pizzas will also be on offer.

We think its fair to say that whether taking in one of the critically acclaimed productions on stage or soaking up the cultural atmosphere of the South Bank, the National Theatre will be celebrating summer with something for everyone.