• Tate Britain's Rex Whistler Restaurant
    Tate Britain's Rex Whistler restaurant

Originally opened in 1927, the Rex Whistler Restaurant was described as ‘The Most Amusing Room in Europe’, owing to its specially commissioned mural, The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats. It has been the site of political and social intrigue over the decades, as well as gaining a reputation for having one of the capital’s finest wine cellars.

Wine list of the year 2014

The Tate’s wine cellar has long been famous for its extensive collection of fine wines, half bottles at exceptional prices. The cellar is curated by Hamish Anderson and he is delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival:

The wine list – long a whispered, greedy little secret among the capital’s bibulous – should be preserved for the nation in the galleries above
Marina O’Loughlin, The Guardian

Rex Whistler Restaurant


Group reservations can be made by emailing Britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk or by telephone. 

Please ask to speak to our Manager or Maître D’

Late nights at the Rex Whistler restaurant

This Autumn and Winter the Rex Whistler Restaurant will be hosting a series of themed evenings to explore the Tate collection through food and drink. 

Upcoming events

9 and 10 October: The Young British Foodie’s takeover

This year, in a further celebration of British food and producers, Tate Britain will again be supporting this year’s awards by carrying a bespoke YBFs menu during two exclusive events in The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain on 9 and 10 October. 

23 October: An evening of New Zealand wine, food and art

A sumptuous 4 course-dinner menu will be matched with fine wine from New Zealand. For the occasion the Barbara Hepworth exhibition: Sculpture for a Modern World will be open for a private view.

27 November and 11 December: Artist & Empire

Continuing the series ‘Exploring the Tate collection through food and drink’ the Rex Whistler restaurant will take you in a culinary journey to discover the food and drinks of the old British Empire.


Rex Whistler Restaurant set up for private dining

Are you looking for a venue to organise a private dinner?

The iconic Rex Whistler restaurant is now available for private parties. 

We can accommodate between 15 and 80 guests for dinner at the Rex Whistler restaurant and menus start at £36 per person.

All of this makes the room a perfect location for your private party.

The Rex Whistler restaurant is only available for private dining on Friday and Saturday evening.  

For further information, please call 020 7887 8825 or email private.dining@tate.org.uk

We look forward to organising your private dinner or reception at Tate Britain.

Opening times


Daily 12.00–15.00


Saturday 11.30–15.00

Afternoon Tea

Saturday and Sunday 15.30–17.00


Corporate and private events

The Rex Whistler Restaurant can be hired for events

Contact us

Call +44 (0)20 7887 8825
Email britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk