Kill two birds with one stone: Enjoy a traditional English tea and stare Admiral Lord Nelson in the eye. The National Portrait Gallery near Trafalgar Square has a pleasant rooftop level room, the Portrait Restaurant. The operating hours are a tad confusing, but afternoon tea (with sandwiches and cakes) is available in the lounge from 3 to 5 p.m. For a full meal in the restaurant, a reservation is a very good idea. For just coffee or tea, go directly to the lower ground level.

St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE
+44 (0)20 7312 2490
www.npg.org.uk/live/portrest.asp