Guide to the South Bank's Cosiest Spots
Guide to the South Bank’s cosiest spots
Winter is glorious on London’s South Bank. As the mercury drops and nights draw in, the riverside lights twinkle like stars, and the scents and sounds of the Southbank Centre food market fills the crisp, clear air. The towpath is perfect for a romantic stroll, but when the chill sets in and Jack Frost nips at your nose, why not duck into one of the South Bank’s cosy cafés or bars for a winter warmer?
The Library Lounge @ Marriott County Hall
Beat the winter blues with Traditional Afternoon Tea served in the elegant surroundings of the old County Hall library. Busts of Shakespeare and Milton gaze down from the original oak bookshelves as you indulge in home-made cakes and scones, and freshly-cut sandwiches, washed down by a warming cup of fine English tea.
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Den @ Mondrian
At Den, you can recline on plump velvet sofas and challenge your friends to a game of backgammon, while fortifying yourself from the mouthwatering menu of bar snacks, which includes blueberry pancakes and crispy cod cheeks!
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On a gloomy winter’s afternoon, it’s hard to resist the bright lights of our National Theatre. Step inside and you’ll find a surprising range of refreshment options. In the main foyer you can’t miss the The Long Bar, serving wine, beers and spirits from 5pm until the final curtain falls. Real Ale drinkers should head to the relaxed and friendly craft beer pub, The Understudy, while those with rumbling tums make for Kitchen, a bright and airy all-day café serving light meals – from breakfast baps to cakes and pastries.
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Penny @ The Old Vic
Tis the season to be jolly, and where jollier to enjoy a pre- or post-show drink than Penny, the revamped Pit Bar at The Old Vic. Named after the 1800s Penny Lectures, this new all-day café and late bar promises creative menus made from local food... and a penny from everything you buy goes to charity!
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OXO Tower Bar
On the eighth floor of this iconic London landmark, the OXO Tower Bar is the perfect place to relax and indulge in a deliciously warming hot chocolate cocktail as you enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline – under a blanket of snow if you’re lucky. Guaranteed to lift the spirits and warm the cockles in the bleak midwinter!
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If you’re strolling along the towpath looking for shelter, don’t miss Riverfront at the Bfi: on one side a buzzing bar, the other an informal restaurant. Upstairs, The Drawing Room is tucked away behind an inconspicuous bookcase in the corner of Benugo’s popular Lounge bar. In this dimly-lit hideaway, plush furnishings and Jazz tunes create a warm and convivial atmosphere, perfect for a cosy evening with your loved one.
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Spectrum Bar and Café
Located within Park Plaza County Hall, this chilled-out café bar offers a choice of menus, from English breakfast to evening tapas. A three-course children’s menu makes this the perfect haven for families to escape the crowds during a wintry day out.
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Whatever the weather, you don’t need an excuse to visit Skylon, renowned across London for its stunning raised centrepiece bar and extensive cocktail menu – just the place to survey the boats sailing along the Thames and enjoy fantastic food, wines and drinks.
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Take your mind off the British winter and allow yourself to be transported to the warmer climes of Italy at Caffe Veragano 1882, purveyor of the finest espresso this side of Napoli.
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