Buffini Chao Deck

Up to 35

About Buffini Chao Deck

Looking for somewhere special to organise an event in the heart of London? Well, have you heard of The Buffini Chao Deck? Perhaps not, but we're confident you will have heard of the iconic National Theatre, sitting right on the bank of the Thames. And, on its top floor you'll find The Buffini Chao Deck - a wrap-around indoor-outdoor events space with panoramic views of the river and cityscape. 

The space consists of an indoor, open-plan, light-filled function room which is flanked by huge, floor-to-ceiling windows and benefits from lofty ceilings. Every kind of celebration is welcome, from birthdays and weddings, to presentations and networking. In terms of capacity, wedding receptions can work for up to 200 people, while BBQs have a capacity of 180 and boardroom meetings sit at 20. If dinner and dancing is on the cards, invite up to 80 people, while conferences can be organised for up to 120. Of course, there's also the outdoor space which has killer views.

This summer, the team anticipate plenty of seasonal party bookings so they've done the hard work for you and created a selection of packages to make bringing your event together just that little bit easier. The packages have a set price per person and include exclusive hire of the deck, mood lighting and surround sound so you can play your favourite tunes, plus three hours of unlimited drinks and a selection of food options. 

If canapes are your thing, there's loads of options to choose from including plant based bites like Violetta artichoke with roast red pepper, English pecorino and rocket mayo, alongside pescatarian options such as warm haddock and gruyere tartlet with fennel pollen. The bowl food menu sounds great, too, with dishes like confit chicken croquette, Caesar emulsion, quail egg and summer leaves. Or, if you fancy something different again, the venue have relationships with a selection of renown food trucks and pop-ups, and are happy to help book one for your day.

Venue Facilities
Balcony or rooftops
Dance floor
Disability access
Exclusive Hire
Wifi available

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Up to 35
Venue Type
Bar, Conference centre, Hall, Institutions, Meeting room, Party venue, Sustainable
Venue Style
Blank canvas, Cool, Corporate, Historic, Light and Bright, Modern, Waterside

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Special offers for Buffini Chao Deck


Free sparkling reception when you book a meeting or conference in July and August

Expires on 30 August, 2024

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.

Our DDR packages incluide:

Unlimited tea and filter coffee
Still and sparkling water

A selection of pastries served on arrival
Fresh fruit bowl
Mid-morning freshly baked cookies
Working lunch
Afternoon sweet treat

Room hire from 8:00-17:00
65' plasma screen for presentations
55' wall mounted screen for logo or rolling slideshow
2 handheld microphones
Bespoke lighting and surround sound

Only applies to new bookings
Minimum spend of £3,000 + VAT

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Buffini Chao Deck Rooms

The Foyle Room


The Foyle Room is the perfect meeting room and presentation space on the top level of the iconic National Theatre. With access to a screen and flipcharts, it has everything you need for a successful daytime event.

Enquire about this room


Buffini Chao Deck, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

020 7452 3999


Testimonials For Buffini Chao Deck

February celebrationFEBRUARY, 2024

I wanted to pass on a massive thanks to you and your team for Saturday night. Your team were exemplary. Both you and Sara completely smashed it and we were so grateful for all your support.


Launch dayFEBRUARY, 2024

I wanted to say how great the NT team were who supported us and co-ordinated everything for our guests. They were really attentive and brilliant generally. The Buffini Chao deck was the perfect venue, as it has that real wow factor that made everyone feel like it had been worth travelling a long way for. Combined with your wonderful team, it made a perfect and very productive day.


50th birthday partyNOVEMBER, 2023

It was literally the most perfect party venue. The canapés were delicious, the staff were great and the location is unbeatable. Even the weather was a perfect November evening.



Does Buffini Chao Deck have AV equipment available for events?

Yes, our AV equipment has been installed by the National Theatre's Sound and Lighting Department

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Can external caterers be used at Buffini Chao Deck?

No, we have a brilliant team of in-house caterers.

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Does Buffini Chao Deck have accommodation on site?

No, but we are in the middle of London, so are nearby lots of wonderful hotels and accommodation options.

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How late can events at Buffini Chao Deck go on to?

We close at 11pm, but can arrange for events to finish as late as 2am (for an additional fee).

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