Oliver Peyton, the restaurateur, is to open a café at the National Gallery to add to the Dining Rooms restaurant he opened at the venue in February. The National Café, which is situated in the east wing of the Gallery, will open on 18 October and will feature a waiter service brasserie, a “grab and go” area, espresso bar and private dining room. The “grab and go” area will have space for 95 covers, the waiter service room 148 covers, the dining room 12 covers, and the espresso bar 12 covers plus general seating. The café will offer a modern European menu including muffins, Eggs Benedict, porridge and French toast for breakfast, and a range of salads, soups, entrees and puddings for lunch and dinner. Peyton said: “It is my aim to ensure the National Gallery, with the Dining Rooms and Café becomes a world-renowned eating destination. I am delighted to be able to offer a truly rounded choice of eateries at different price points to appeal to gallery visitors and Londoners alike whatever their budgets.” The opening of the National Café will follow the launch of Peyton’s new 60-cover Meals restaurant at Heal’s flagship store in Tottenham Court Road, which is due to open in just over a week. Meals is based above Peyton’s other recent venture, the Peyton & Bryne bakery, which opened in the lobby of Heals in July. Peyton is also set to open the Wallace Restaurant at the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square this month. Situated in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, the 120-cover restaurant will serve contemporary French cuisine. Thierry Laborde has been appointed head chef at Wallace, after previously holding the same position at both L’Oranger and Le Gavroche in London.