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The Buffini Chao Deck at the National Theatre

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  • Meetings, Banquet, Party

Events at The National Theatre’s Buffini Chao Deck

With dramatic panoramic views across London, The Buffini Chao Deck is a newly refurbished rooftop events venue at the National Theatre for up to 200 guests or delegates.

The combination of its premium catering, versatile setup and unrivalled location on the South Bank of the Thames makes it the stand-out venue for your next London event. Its retractable glazed panels mean that you can make the most of the stunning views whatever the weather, creating the ideal setting for an al-fresco summer dining experience, impactful corporate meeting or cosy Christmas party.

Event Spaces

Create an unforgettable event at The Buffini Chao Deck, the National Theatre’s dedicated events space.

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    The Buffini Chao Deck

    Capacity: 200

    A truly unique space with 180 degree bi-fold doors leading to an outdoor terrace with views across the London skyline. Lighting and sound are provided by the National Theatre production teams as part of the hire.

    • Natural Daylight
    • PA System
    • Great Views
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    The Ashcroft Room

    Capacity: 30

    A unique and inspiring setting with breathtaking views of the Thames. A versatile space perfect for corporate meetings, presentations or workshops.  

    • Wi Fi
    • Great Views

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
The Buffini Chao Deck 200 120 20 12 100 80 100 200
The Ashcroft Room - 30 20 - - - - 30


The Buffini Chao Deck at the National Theatre is ideally situated on the Thames’ South Bank next to Waterloo Bridge, with Embankment, Waterloo and Covent Garden stations as well as multiple bus routes nearby.


  • London Waterloo Station 0.6 miles
  • London Blackfriars Station 1.6 miles
  • Embankment Tube Station 0.5 miles
  • London City Airport 8.2 miles


Buffini Chao Deck, National theatre, Southbank, London, SE1 9PX

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Special offers for National Theatre events

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    Christmas parties at The Buffini Chao Deck

    With sparkling views of London’s skyline, The Buffini Chao Deck is the ultimate Christmas party venue with wow factor. These Christmas packages combine a dramatic social setting and a premium catering experience for your perfect festive party event.

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    Reception at the National Theatre

    Enjoy your Reception at the National Theatre, with unrivalled panoramic views of London and premium catering.

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    Street Food at the National Theatre

    Indulge in street food and drinks surrounded by unrivalled panoramic views of London, at the National Theatre.

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    Lunch/Dinner at the National Theatre

    Have lunch or dinner with premium catering and unrivalled panoramic views of London, at the National Theatre.

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    DDR at the National Theatre

    Treat your delegates to premium catering and unrivalled panoramic views of London, at the National Theatre. 

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London Christmas parties with wow factor

Perched high above London’s most vibrant Christmas markets and festive pop-ups on the South Bank, make your way up to the stunning roof terrace this festive season. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated sit-down meal or a full-scale party with a DJ and dance floor, the Buffini Chao Deck is the ultimate Christmas party venue with the wow factor.

We welcome you, your friends or colleagues to celebrate the season with flexible packages and festive theming options available.


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Private parties at The Buffini Chao Deck

Let the iconic views of London's skyline bring a touch of elegance to your private party or celebration. The Buffini Chao Deck’s flexible events space can be transformed to suit bigger occasions or intimate gatherings, with the National Theatre’s production teams in charge of lighting and sound to create a party to remember.


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Rooftop dinners in London

This venue will ensure a memorable impact for your next dinner event. From exciting street food selections to premium seated dinner menus, the team at the Buffini Chao Deck work with you to create your perfect dining experience for up to 100 guests.


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A unique London meeting space

The National Theatre’s central location makes it ideal for corporate or client meetings in the capital. Whether you are looking to host a team gathering or a keynote speech, this venue can adapt to your requirements.


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Catering at The Buffini Chao Deck

KERB, in partnership with Lime Venue Portfolio, takes pride in being the sole caterer at The Buffini Chao Deck at the National Theatre. They have been at the helm of the London Street food scene since launching in 2012, improving the quality of food served on the capital’s streets, refreshing the corporate catering world, and creating opportunity and joy through great food from the kerb up. They offer a huge range of catering options at the Buffini Chao Deck, from London’s best street food to seated dinner menus designed by their executive chef.


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The Buffini Chao Deck is designed to be used year-round with as little carbon impact as possible. The building is thermally insulated to substantially reduce heat loss in the winter and the space itself is temperature controlled through underfloor heating, which will be linked to the NT's heat and power system. It is naturally ventilated, drawing in air through the side walls, and circulated by ceiling fans. The glass in the windows and sliding doors is treated to deflect sunlight and reduce heat gain during the summer months. All permanent lighting installed in the venue is LED and is locally controlled, ensuring it is only used when in operation.

This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise:

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.