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National Theatre

The National Theatre is home to a versatile range of modern and distinctive events spaces.

The National Theatre stages over 20 shows every year. Its modern and distinctive event spaces include foyers, restaurants, private rooms and outdoor terraces. Whatever the event, from product launches and small business meetings to lavish receptions or private dinners, the NT’s in-house events and technical specialists can manage it for you.

The Buffini Chao Deck is a stunning events venue situated on the roof of the iconic National Theatre. Offering breath-taking panoramic views across London, The Buffini Chao Deck combines a riverside outdoor terrace with a large flexible event space. The building is wrapped in glazed panels which can be retracted on warmer days, so the uninterrupted view is preserved no matter the weather.

The Buffini Chao Deck is ideal for a stylish dinner and dance for up to 100 guests, or standing receptions for up to 200 and barbecues for 180. State-of-the-art lighting and AV has been designed and installed by the National Theatre’s Sound and Lighting departments, providing an inspiring backdrop for conferences, away-days, and product launches. In addition, The Buffini Chao Deck is licensed for weddings, with London’s skyline and the Thames riverscape providing the perfect setting to say ‘I do’.

The National Theatre in-house caterer is KERB who are on a mission to create opportunity and joy through great food. KERB offer a huge range of options from London’s top independent food traders to contemporary menus designed by their Executive Chef.

The National Theatre is committed to reducing their carbon impact at this time of climate crisis. Their environmental policy recognises their responsibility to take action and lead positive change. 

The Buffini Chao Deck is licensed for weddings, with London’s skyline and the Thames riverscape providing an inspiring backdrop to say ‘I do’.

The Buffini Chao Deck is an adaptable space that can be set-up to suit your preferred style and the venue capacity can vary accordingly. For a seated ceremony and seated wedding breakfast, we can host up to 100 guests or for a more informal setting, we can host up to 200 standing guests.

For more information and to check availability please call 020 7452 3999 or email


National Theatre

Upper Ground
South Bank
020 7452 3999

Events & Capacities

Reception20 - 200
Lunch 20 - 100
Dinner 20 - 100
Dinner Dance 20 - 100
Meeting / Conference 20 - 120
Outside Space 10 - 150
Exhibition Space (m2)
Marquee Capacity0 - 0
Wedding Licence 20 - 100
Wedding Reception 20 - 100
Accessible AccessYes

Contact the venue directly for further details