Photograph of the Rex Whistler restaurant

Rex Whistler Restaurant

Sample our award-winning wine list and historically-inspired menus within this iconic room

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 11.30-15.00

Open today 11.30–15.00

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

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.

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

The wine cellar is overseen by our sommelier Gustavo Medina, who would be delighted to make recommendations and decant wine prior to your arrival. Contact Gustavo via email.

Rex Whistler is also available for hire for corporate and private events.


 Hockney Menus

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 11.30–15.00

Dinner: Specially during the David Hockney exhibition, the restaurant will be open for dinner between 18.45 and 21.00 on Fridays and between 18.45 and 20.00 on Saturdays, ending May 29 2017

The iconic Rex Whistler restaurant is also now available for private dining on Friday and Saturday evenings. We can accommodate between 15 and 80 guests for dinner, with menus starting at £36 per person. For further information, please call 020 7887 8825 or email


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Phone: +44 20 7887 8825


Food and drink

Dinner and David Hockney

26–28 May 2017

​Enjoy three courses from a special Hockney inspired menu with access to the exhibition (after 18.00)

Also at Tate Britain