• 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 Maitre d’


Continuing the series Exploring the Tate collection through Food and Drink, the gallery is open exclusively for a private view of Sculpture Victorious exhibition on 8 and 15 May 2015.

Sculpture Victorious website banner

Each evening will commence with drinks, canapés and an exclusive tour of the Sculpture Victorious exhibition with a Tate guide.

This will be followed by a sumptuous four-course dinner with matched wine in the Rex Whistler Restaurant.

Tickets are £85 per person excluding service charge.

Reservations are required, please email us at Britain.restaurant@tate.org.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7887 8825 and ask to speak to Antonino or Montserrat for further information.

Opening times


Daily 12.00–15.00

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