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National Theatre

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

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 are on a mission to create opportunity and joy through great food. We offer a range of options from London’s top independent food traders to contemporary menus designed by our Executive Chef.



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 0 - 0
Exhibition Space (m2)
Marquee Capacity0 - 0
Wedding Licence 20 - 100
Wedding Reception 20 - 100
Accessible AccessYes

Contact the venue directly for further details

Summer parties at the National Theatre - The Buffini Chao Deck

Located atop the iconic National Theatre, the Buffini Chao Deck is the perfect destination for your summer celebrations. Enjoy exquisite food and drink while admiring the panoramic views from our private balcony overlooking London's Southbank.

Summer party packages start at £130+vat per person and include exclusive hire of the Buffini Chao Deck, a 3 hour unlimited drinks package and your choice of canapes, bowls or street food, plus bespoke lighting and surround sound.

The Buffini Chao Deck is minutes away from Waterloo station, and is easily accessible by train, tube, bus and even Uber boat, making it the ideal party location.


Friday, February 16, 2024 to Monday, September 30, 2024

A round of bubbles on us! - National Theatre

Book a meeting or conference for July and August and we'll throw in a round of bubbles to toast at the end of your day!

Seat up to 120 guests in our rooftop space, perfect for presentations, events or company-wide meetings.

We'll arrange morning tea, a working lunch and afternoon sweet treat, as well as all the AV requirements you need, courtesy of the National Theatre's brilliant sound and lighting teams.


Only applies to new bookings

Minimum spend of £3,000 + VA

Monday, July 1, 2024 to Saturday, August 31, 2024