• 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

© Tate Photography


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’

3–19 August 2015

We regret to inform you that from the 3 to 19 August 2015, the Rex Whistler Restaurant will close for refurbishment. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our lawn will remain open for ‘Drinks and Picnics’ throughout the closing period.

We look forward to welcome you back once we reopen on 20 August 2015.


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