Champagne picnics on the National Theatre's secret terrace

The Deck, with stunning views of London's skyline and the Thames, has long been the National Theatre's best kept secret. This exclusive terrace is opening to the public one more time this summer
The Deck, National Theatre
Enjoy stunning views of the Thames while sipping chilled champagne on the National Theatre's rooftop terrace
The rooftop deck at the National Theatre, with it's stunning overhead views of London's skyline and the Thames, is usually reserved for private events.

But last month this exclusive terrace opened up to the public for the first time, hosting a series of rooftop picnics and plays - which were so popular that now a September date has been released.

So pull up a deckchair, soak up the views and enjoy a superb summer picnic menu including seasonal delights such as asparagus, broad bean, summer squash and goat’s cheese salad; mini smoked salmon bagels; and Pimms and strawberry jelly, all washed down with a glass of chilled champagne.

Then head downstairs to watch Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters.

Picnic and play: The Pitmen Painters


Sunday 6 September at 12 noon (matinee begins at 3pm)
The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall follows in the Lyttelton Theatre. Winner of ‘Best Play’ at the Evening Standard Awards, the performance follows a group of Ashington miners who hire a professor to teach an art appreciation class in 1934.

The Deck, National Theatre
The picnic and play program at The National Theatre is for a limited time only
Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practise, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine. The play is a humorous, deeply moving and a timely look at art, class and politics.

Spaces are limited at this exclusive events and so early booking is strongly advised.

To book, contact the National Theatre Box Office on 020 7452 3000, quoting 'The Deck Picnic and Play package'.

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