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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.

For more information and to check availability please 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 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

Christmas at The Deck

Book your Christmas party at the Buffini Chao Deck and wow your guests in a show-stopping venue with panoramic views over the twinkling London skyline.

Located on the South Bank - on top of the National Theatre and nestled amongst London’s most popular Christmas markets and festive pop-ups - you’ll be right in the heart of the action at the Buffini Chao Deck.

Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated sit down meal for your team, or a full-scale party with DJ and dancefloor, our Christmas venue offers a blank canvas for you to make your own.

Our Christmas party packages are fully tailored to you – from the size of your group to the grandeur of the menu - combining a breathtaking setting with a first-class service making it a festive season to remember. 

We have flexible party packages perfect for every occasion and our experienced team can help execute every detail - from festive food and drinks packages to decor and entertainment.

Contact the team today at

Standing reception: 200 guests 
Dinner/Lunch: 100 guests 
Dinner/Dance: 80 guests 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 to Sunday, December 31, 2023