Dining & Nightlife
The Best Afternoon Tea in South Bank
Stop the search we have the definitive list of London's top afternoon teas - forget stale scones, we're talking sushi, cocktails and the finest patisserie.Read More
Our Cosiest Spots
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Bottomless BrunchRead more
Gather a gang and head to Sea Container's Restaurant (nestled within the achingly instagrammable Mondrian London) for their bottomless brunch.
For just £16 choose from freshly baked pastries, a stack of pancakes or the classic smashed avocado on toast. Then come the important decision - will your refill of choice be Prosecco or Bloody Mary?
Bottomless BrunchRead more
Gather a gang and head to Sea Container's Restaurant (nestled within the achingly instagrammable Mondrian London) for their bottomless brunch.
For just £16 choose from freshly baked pastries, a stack of pancakes or the classic smashed avocado on toast. Then come the important decision - will your refill of choice be Prosecco or Bloody Mary?
Restaurants & Bars
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
The iconic dining destination serves up sophistication and stunning views.
Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill
Skylon serves modern British cuisine from executive chef Kim Woodward.
Classic French-influenced bistro dishes with a twist.
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French restaurant, Brasserie Joël is located at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London - just minutes from London's South Bank.
Head Chef, Walter Ishizuka has sourced only the highest quality, freshest ingredients, to create authentic classic and contemporary brasserie dishes to delight the palate - plates include Baked Saint Marcellin Cheese and a mouthwatering Hot Chocolate Fondant.
The restaurant also offers a host of specials including Bring Your Own Wine on Mondays and Beef and Wine Club on Tuesdays.
Brasserie Joël holds 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence.
Fantastic fusion of Asian and Latin cuisine.
Pan Asian Bar
Chino Latino, the award winning Pan-Asian South Bank London Restaurant is located at Park Plaza Riverbank London near Vauxhall Station. Our Pan-Asian food is served to share and dishes are brought steadily to the table creating an informal yet sophisticated style of eating and drinking - the best way to enjoy the taste sensation that is Chino Latino.
Chef Seebach has previously worked for some of the top Pan-Asian Restaurants in London and now oversees the menus for the Chino Latino brand.
Open for Lunch, Monday to Friday and Dinner seven days a week, choose from our signature Black Cod in Spicy Miso and Tempura Soft Shell Crab to freshly caught sushi and sashimi. View our menus here.
Award-winning cocktail bar located in Mondrian London.
Dandelyan is a well recognised (see below) bar held within Mondrian London, where patrons can drink some of the best cocktails in London by the riverside.
- Winner of Best New International Cocktail Bar (2015) and World's Best Cocktail Menu (2016) at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
- Winner Best Bar Team in London (2016) at the Time Out Bar Awards. Awarded #3 at World's 50 Best Bars (2016).
Created by bar impresario Ryan Chetiyawardana, Dandelyan serves both innovative drinks and refined interpretations of the classics. The 'Hunter, Gatherer, Shaman and Explorer' cocktail menu is inspired by human interaction with plants and draws from the botanical wilds of the British countryside and around the world.
Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
South Bank's premier steak restaurant and cocktail bar.
Steakhouse & Bar
If you're headed to Gillray's, bring an empty stomach and high expectations. Situated in full view of Parliament, the seat of British democratic administration, Gillray's fine food is as remarkable as its surroundings.
Everything about Gillray's is a seeming nod to British culture and heritage. Their meat is sourced from British farms. Their bar boasts not only fantastic staff but over 100 types of gin. Their service is of the highest quality in the British sense - subtle, yet polished. Even their decor is reflective of the old-world grandeur of the Houses of Parliament. During afternoon tea, a tray is neatly delivered to your table and drinks are filled (or refilled) in a smooth, near unnoticeable ballet of table service.
Their bar is open late and serves a mixture of classic and contemporary cocktails, a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits.
A stylish dining destination at the National Theatre, serving contemporary classics.
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5 – 11pm. Sunday, closed.
Lunch: served Tuesday to Saturday when there is a scheduled matinee performance. Please refer to the National Theatre calendar.
Saturday 11th March: last orders 8.30pm.
Where better to enjoy a pre-theatre meal than the stunning surrounding of National Theatre's fine-dining restaurant, House.
The dining destination serves up a stylish menu of contemporary dishes - think elegant combinations such as blood orange with sea bass and smoked duck breast with poached figs.
Alternatively theatre lovers can indulge in the themed afternoon teas, inspired by previous productions - perfect gift for the budding thespian.
National Theatre has been a world-leading performance venue from it's opening night in 1963 - producing over 800 plays since. Did you know the company was based at The Old Vic while its new home was being built in South Bank? Denis Lasdun's concrete structure would go on to become a world-famous icon of Brutalist architecture.
Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar
Fine-dining sushi restaurant with views of Big Ben.
Ichi Sushi and
Discover a sushi haven within Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.
Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar specialises in exquisite Japanese cuisine, using the freshest fish and perfectly prepared rice. You can either sit at the bar and observe the impressive chefs at work or alternatively take in an equally impressive view - of Big Ben no less!
For those lacking in a sweet tooth, the restaurant also serves a sushi themed afternoon tea.
Kitchen National Theatre
Kitchen is National Theatre's all-day cafe.
Kitchen is the National Theatre's all-day café - it's the perfect pit stop for lunch with friends, tea and cake or a pre-show light bite.
The contemporary cafe serves up a range of freshly cooked meals - with a menu that changes daily, but affordable examples include tuna provencale linguine and steak and ale pie.
Alternatively choose a baked treat from the giant cake table which you can't miss in the centre of the cafe. With it's location directly opposite the river, enjoy the large outdoor eating areas in warmer months.
Park Plaza County Hall's restaurant, specialising in contemporary Italian cuisine.
Devour a truly authentic Italian supper in the stylish surrounding of L'Italiano, which can be found in Park Plaza County Hall.
Minutes from Westminster Bridge and South Bank, this sophisticated, family-friendly restaurant is ideal for hotel guests, after-work catch-ups and those who adore fine mediterranean cuisine.
Enjoy crisp pizzas baked to perfection in a clay oven, a delicious selection of anti-pasti or mouthwatering meat cuts from the grill.
L'Italiano has its own children's menu which offers three courses for £12.95. Children are also invited to special pizza-making classes most Saturdays at 3 pm.
Grab a drink at the Long Bar in National Theatre, before a performance or after work.
National Theatre Espresso Bar
Ideal for a quick coffee and cake.
Olivier Cafe National Theatre
Named after the world-famous actor, this cafe offers both hot and cold food and drinks.
OXO Tower Bar
The OXO Bar is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or after-work cocktails.
OXO Tower Brasserie
With sweeping views across the city the OXO Tower Brasserie reflects the buzz of London life.
OXO Tower Restaurant
Relax in the OXO Restaurant whilst taking in the unparalleled views of St Paul’s .
A relaxed all-day café and late night bar located in the basement of The Old Vic.
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The Old Vic has undergone a bit of a transformation as of late, the most noticeable of which is it’s shiny new bar, Penny!
Inspiration for the name comes from The Penny Lectures: a series of talks hosted in the halls of The Old Vic in 1882, designed to encourage new thinking and ideas amongst the people of London. What was once The Pit Bar is now a stylish, relaxed all-day café and late night bar, serving local food, proper coffee and great wines.
Imagined by the people behind M1lk and Fields Café, Penny will serve creative and wholesome food and drink, using fresh, local produce with simplicity and provenance at the heart of the offering. Coffee connoisseurs can also rejoice, as speciality coffee from Workshop Coffee, Clerkenwell will be served alongside the all day menu.
Stylish and unpretentious, this is an ideal spot to grab a drink or a bite to eat pre/post performance – and because The Old Vic has always been a theatre that reaches out to other parts of the community, the theatre will be donating a penny for each item sold to a charity inspired by the themes of the show on the main stage at the time.
A stylish bar open from 5pm until late 7 days a week hosting live music every night.
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Raise your glass to London’s local entertainers at Primo Bar
With free live music on the main stage every night of the week, handcrafted cocktails and stunning views of Big Ben from the VIP area, Primo Bar is the place to be any day of the week.
Reservations and private hire
Make an online reservation via the Primo Bar website. Primo Bar London is available for private hire or part hire for birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events and product launches. Please see the private hire brochure for a range of available options, and contact the bar for further information.
Q E H Roof Garden Bar
A seasonally open rooftop bar and cafe with fantastic vistas of the London skyline.
Q E H Roof
Open daily in the spring and summer months and free to visit.
At the top of Queen Elizabeth Hall you can find the Southbank Centre's beautiful roof garden which comes complete with a bar, and during the summer months - a barbecue.
Filled with wild flowers, green lawns and even a vegetable patch the roof garden is a city centre escape and the perfect pit stop for a Pimms. It is open daily during the spring and summer months and free to enter.
The garden, originally a partnership with the Eden Project, was built and continues to be maintained by Grounded EcoTherapy – a group of volunteers who have experienced homelessness, mental health and addiction problems. For these individuals the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden has helped turn their lives around, giving them a new focus, building their confidence and improving their wellbeing.
Riverside Terrace Cafe at Southbank Centre
Al fresco café at Southbank Centre, serving quick bites, snacks, fresh food in an informal setting.
Riverside Terrace Cafe
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Offering one of the best riverside views in South Bank, the Riverside Terrace Cafe at the Southbank Centre will offer you lunch on fresh seasonal produce, have you enjoy a relaxed bite before a show or simply indulge in a sweet treat from their pastry counter. The Riverside Terrace Cafe menu also offers a selection of homemade stews and daily seasonal soups to choose from.
Alternatively, take in the Thames views over a coffee and enjoy their free WiFi, as the ever-changing cultural spectacle of visitors promenading along South Bank unfolds before your eyes. Perfect for enjoying a bite before a show at the Royal Festival Hall or visiting with a group of friends and family.
Rumpus Room is a rooftop bar situated on the 12th floor of Mondrian London.
Rumpus Room is a rooftop bar situated on the 12th floor of Mondrian London at Sea Containers with striking views across the river Thames and London’s skyline.
This stunning bar is the perfect place to sip champagne cocktails, celebrate with friends over one of our signature punches or just to simply take in the view.
Head Chef Gus Crosby champions a constantly evolving menu
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Monday to Friday - 6:30am until 11am
Saturday and Sunday - 7:00am until 11:30am
Saturday and Sunday- 12pm until 4pm
Lunch and Dinner
Daily - 12pm until 11pm
Sea Containers Restaurant brings together the best of British and American cuisine in sleek and modern surroundings, boasting breath-taking views across the river Thames.
Located on the ground floor of the Mondrian Hotel, the restaurant has a light and spacious feel thanks to floor to ceiling windows, right on London’s South Bank. Inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel, expect subtle nautical design, including the famed giant, copper clad wall inspired by the hull of a ship,
Gus Crosby is Head Chef at Sea Containers and brings a wealth of experience to the kitchen (including Calcot Manor, The Savoy, Smith of Smithfield’s and Launceston Place) championing farm-to-table dining and supporting local British suppliers with a constantly evolving and seasonally varied menu.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and offers a bottomless Bloody Mary or Prosecco brunch on the weekend, with menus reflecting the best locally sourced produce. A variety of small plates, sharing dishes and classic comfort food is also available as well as more formal feasting options.
Spectrum Bar & Café
Spectrum Bar and Café is the perfect stop-off for the business traveller, couples on a romantic break or just friends having a beer or two.
With a relaxed, welcoming vibe, the Spectrum Bar and Café in London's South Bank is open from early until late. In the morning, it’s The Breakfast Club for those in a hurry.
Throughout the day, you can choose from their“something for everyone menu,” which includes lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and snacks. As the sun sets, the Spectrum Bar and Café at Park Plaza County Hall is the perfect stop-off for the business traveller, couples on a romantic break or just friends having a beer or two.
With a chilled vibe, the Spectrum Bar and Café at Park Plaza County Hall is the perfect place for a relaxed and traditional afternoon tea.
Spectrum's afternoon tea menu includes warm buttermilk scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream as well as finger sandwiches including Shetland smoked salmon with cream cheese on lemon bread and a selection of delicious pastries from the Spectrum patisserie.
The decor understated and sophisticated, with marble flooring and vibrant pink and blue furnishings offering a pop of colour. And just a skip and a hop away from the bustling South Bank with its flurry of activity, you’re ideally placed for a leisurely stroll and an explore afterwards!
At just £19.95 per person, afternoon tea at Spectrum Bar and Café is a treat and a peaceful break from sightseeing in South Bank, without the hefty price tag you'd expect from such an elegant, contemporary venue.
The Den at Mondrian
Part gathering place, part decompression zone, the Den is where you begin your journey into the heart of London.
Part gathering place, part decompression zone, the Den is where you begin your journey into the heart of London. Situated between Sea Containers Restaurant and Dandelyan Bar, it is the perfect place to sip a cup of tea, enjoy a game of backgammon or share a bottle of wine with friends. The Den is Mondrian London's hangout parlour, offering wine, champagne and light snacks throughout the day.
The Green Room
A new dining destination located behind the National Theatre.
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Please note, the kitchen opens at 12pm on Sundays.
The Green Room is a contemporary restaurant, bar and garden developed by local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders in collaboration with the National Theatre.
Serving delicious, ethically-sourced British diner food and roast dinners on Sundays, it’s a unique temporary architectural experiment which offers an airy, contemporary space featuring props and scenery recycled from National Theatre shows.
The Library Lounge at Marriott County Hall
The Library Lounge at London Marriott County Hall offers a setting that makes your Afternoon Tea quintessentially English.
Luxurious, classically elegant – and perfect every day. Take a moment out of a busy schedule, be it work or sightseeing, and enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Library Lounge - one of the most stunning rooms in London's South Bank.
An afternoon tea experience at the Library Lounge at Marriott County Hall is a truly magnificent experience. Served in this spectacular river-facing lounge, a choice of several varieties of tea, finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of delicate homemade cakes are combined to make for an unforgettable afternoon. A glass of Champagne can be added to your afternoon tea to give this quintessentially British tradition a bit of a twist.
History of the Library Lounge
Officially opened in 1922 by King George V and Queen Mary, County Hall has had a colourful past. From being struck by a bomb in World War II to the infamous political battles between Ken Livingstone of the Greater London Council and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government during the 1980’s, the County Hall has been stamped by history.
During this time the Library Lounge at County Hall served as the Member’s Library for delegates at the Greater London Council.
The bookcases are made of oak on which the busts of Milton, Shakespeare, Agrippa, Plato and other classical figures sit. The fireplace at the south end of the room has a carving by A.H. Wilkinson (1922) of ‘Truth reading aloud, the second figure recording, with the plumed helmet of Minerva, Goddess of the Arts.’ Behind it was once the librarian’s office with an oak spiral staircase to the gallery.
Situated right on London's vibrant South Bank, the Understudy has riverside seating with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Serving a range of draught beers and cocktails
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The Understudy is a relaxed and friendly craft beer pub at the National Theatre, on the South Bank Riverside Walkway. The Understudy has riverside seating and serves a range of draught beers, wines and cocktails.
Food menu is available Monday – Saturday, 12 noon – 8pm. Snacks are served Monday – Saturday, 12 noon – 5pm.
The Wall SE1
The Wall SE1 burst onto the South Bank culinary scene at House of Vans in August 2014, in a cloud of burger smoke, coffee grounds, blood, sweat and tears.
This cool new restaurant and bar - The Wall SE1 - is located within The House of Vans, right by Waterloo Station. In its own words, it has “burst onto the South Bank restaurant scene in a cloud of burger smoke, coffee grounds, blood, sweat and tears”.
Inspired by New York diners and tying in with House of Vans’ “off the wall” spirit, The Wall SE1 serves American style fast food cooked with fresh, quality local produce. Expect a menu comprising of piping hot sweet potato fries that are crispy on the outside and deliciously soft and gooey on the inside with a wickedly smoky chipotle mayo and a selection of burgers including their infamous Pulled Piggy...
If you fancy something fancy, check out the cocktails, which include a Jamaican or Russian Mule, a Pilgrim father, or The Wall’s own concoction made with Blackdown Cellars Vodka/ Gin, fresh lemon, pomegranate and apple juice and elderflower served long over ice and a lemon wedge garnish.
All Bar One
Stylish city bars in buzzing locations across the UK.
At All Bar One, they've been running stylish city bars in central locations since 1994. Whether you want to catch-up over cocktails, share a bottle of well-chosen wine or enjoy an excellent meal out, you'll find something, and somewhere, to suit you.
All Bar One Waterloo is a vibrant city bar where you can catch up with friends, unwind after work or simply find a sophisticated space to indulge in an excellent selection of food and drink.
Within easy reach of Westminster Bridge Rd, St Thomas' Hospital and The London Eye, All Bar One Waterloo is the perfect place to meet up with friends or unwind with work colleagues. Of all the bars in Waterloo, we've got the right blend of food, drink and atmosphere at any time of day.
Benugo at Waterloo Station
Benugo are all about great tasting food, made just for you. They bake all their own cakes in our London bakery and have specially trained baristas making delicious coffee.
In the centre of the Balcony at Waterloo within Waterloo Station, is a classic Benugo shop.
This cafe-cum-bar offers the restive commuter and visitor alike a beautiful range of coffees, cakes, sandwiches and salads. Choose from delicious lunches such as Chicken Harissa Wraps or Chorizo and Chickpea Soup, alternatively take a break between travelling for a cup of tea and cake (or something stronger if your wish.)
Brothers, Ben and Hugo founded their first shop in Clerkenwell in 1998 and have gone onto to open a further 15 shops across central London, not to mention their fleet of nearly 20 restaurants.
Benugo Riverfront Bar and Kitchen
Benugo Riverfront is a Thames-side restaurant, bar and terrace with menu of British and international snacks and staples.
Bar & Kitchen
Riverfront Bar & Kitchen at BFI Southbank is a busy, attractive bar on one-side, a relaxed, welcoming restaurant on the other. With lots of al fresco seating and something always going on at the BFI, the Riverfront Bar & Kitchen perfectly suits its location right on the Thames in the heart of South Bank.
The setting cannot be bettered, especially on a sunny day when the light plays on the Thames and the crowds pass by on the South Bank riverside. Just sit at one of the outside tables, make your choice from their menus and take it all in.
There are lots of options when it comes to food and drink, from burgers and grills to salads and appetisers. Riverfront Bar & Kitchen also have a great kids' menu.
The Riverfront's fabulous location - and its live DJ sets - really draw the crowds to their Riverfront Late nights (Thurs-Saturday), when film fans, those starting their night out or the post-work crowd descend to South Bank for music, food and drinks. The outside terrace is particularly lively, especially when the Thames Barges and river-cruisers are motoring by just a stone’s throw away.
There’s always lots going on down on the South Bank. The Riverfront is right at the heart of it all.
Black and Blue Waterloo
Chargrilled steaks, burgers and ribs served in a brick-arched dining room, plus wines and cocktails.
Black and Blue
Directly opposite one of Europe’s busiest stations, the Black & Blue Waterloo branch is the ideal location to meet friends and colleagues for lunch, after-work drinks and dinner with its extensive range of chargrill dishes including steaks, burgers, ribs as well as bar snacks and cocktails. Open 'til late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, it is the perfect place to continue your evening after the pub closes.
Black and Blue is a steakhouse institution - they've even had a top secret burger recipe for over 25 years To ensure their steaks and burgers are to the highest quality they have their own butchers called Jefferies in Kingston. In 1999, the Americana infused steakhouse opened it's doors in London for the first time - over the last 14 years, 5 Black and Blue venues have opened across the capital including Borough, South Bank and Waterloo.
Riverside restaurant serving a mixture of French cuisine and European classics as well as coffees and pastries.
Brasserie Blanc is a contemporary French restaurant and cafe. They serve everything from fine cuisine to that first essential coffee of the day, enjoyed with the morning papers, to delicious fresh breakfasts or that mid-morning coffee and pastry.
Gather some friends for a leisurely lunch or pop in for our seasonal, two course set menu complete with a specially priced glass of wine . Many of their restaurants have great little bars where you can stave off the hunger until dinner with a glass of wine and a plate of appetisers.
Finish off your work day with colleagues & fresh cocktail specials or a glass of our bespoke French bubbly, and enjoy their seasonally changing a la carte menu with the best of local, sustainable and seasonal French food.
Well-known fast-food chain serving grilled burgers, fries & shakes, plus breakfast.
Fast-food favourite, Burger King is located inside the Waterloo Station concourse. You can grab your flame-grilled treat to go or relax in the large upstairs dining space.
Did you know, every day, more than 11 million guests visit Burger King restaurants around the world? And they do so because their restaurants are known for serving high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food. Founded in 1954, Burger King is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original Home of the Whopper, their commitment to premium ingredients, signature recipes, and family-friendly dining experiences is what has defined their brand for more than 50 successful years.
Find not one but two Caffe Nero sites in Waterloo Station.
There are two Caffe Nero sites within Waterloo Station - ideally located next to exits so you can grab a great quality coffee on the go.
The extensive menu includes a wide range of beverages from a full-bodied espresso to a sumptuous Hot Chocolate Milano made with liquid chocolate.
When Gerry Ford founded Caffè Nero in 1997, his aim was to bring a premium, continental-style cafè to Great Britain. He wanted it to be authentically Italian, serving premium espresso-based coffee, fresh high quality food, and a neighbourhood gathering spot.
In 1997, Gerry bought five retail sites in London and began to create his vision. It took nearly one year to perfect the brand and build a strong team of equally passionate people. During these early years, Caffè Nero received the honour of "Best Espresso This Side of Milan". In 1999 we opened stores outside of London for the first time, and by the end of 2000, the Nero team had built 31 cafes and established the company as a national brand. We also won a British Design Council award for best company identity.
Caffe Vergnano 1882
Classic Italian cooking, piping hot coffee and more to be found in this cafe and restaurant
Caffe Vergnano serves up the finest Italian coffee in a sophisticated cafe bar located opposite the Royal Festival Hall.
The chain has a long history (since 1882) and a penchant for serving some of the best coffee available in London (possibly even the best according to some critics). 1882, while being a nod to the company's beginnings, is similar to the other coffee shops it runs in London, however this time it comes with a twist in the form of a fully-fledged restaurant serving the best in Italian cuisine on top of the usual offering, all within walking distance of the London Eye and National Theatre.
Vergnano is busy during the weekends so it's advised to book ahead.
Modern communal dining hall for traditional British comfort food and school dinner-style desserts.
Old-school British favourites are brought up to date by Canteen - think treacle sponge, hearty roasts and proper breakfasts.
Located on the ground floor of Royal Festival Hall - the popular chain is within minutes of Waterloo Station, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and BFI Southbank - making it the perfect stop off if you're on your way to see a film, show or exhibition.
Canteen is committed to providing honest food that is nationally sourced, skilfully prepared and reasonably priced. All dishes are cooked to order and our menu changes seasonally to accommodate the best and freshest national produce. Highlights include an indulgent Macaroni Cheese, Scotch Eggs and Picalilli and Homemade Ice cream and Shortbread.
Contemporary, white-walled chain Italian cafe-deli, with pastas, handmade focaccia and a kids' menu.
Carluccio's is located on The Balcony at Waterloo Station - but don't be fooled by the busy location, this restaurant is a haven of calm and delicious dining.
The hugely popular Italian chain exudes authenticity with it's mouthwatering menu - founder and celebrity chef, Antonio Carluccio has delivered his mission to serve up great, simple Italian food. Indulge in Duck Pappardelle, Sicilian Arancini and Crab Macaroni to name just a few of the delicious dishes.
As well as the relaxed dining area, the restaurant comes complete with a deli, perfect for picking up gourmet gifts on your lunch break or before your commute home.
Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall
Enjoy a drink at one of London's longest bars: the iconic Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall.
Central Bar at
Royal Festival Hall
This bar is not only set within a world leading arts centre (Royal Festival Hall) but it is also one of the longest bars in the capital to boot.
As it can be found in the heart of Southbank Centre, the bar is surrounded by a hub of activity - nab a good seat and you can see free events taking place in the fabulous Clore Ballroom which often showcases free music or events for the little ones.
So grab a drink and snack from the bar's extensive menu and watch the creative world of Southbank Centre pass by.
Costa Waterloo Station
Counter-service coffee chain offering hot drinks, iced coolers, sweet snacks and sandwiches.
Handily located in the heart of Waterloo Station, long-time coffee connoisseurs, Costa is the perfect stop-gap for a hot drink or lunch on the go. Drink-in or take-away at the Waterloo store, opposite Platform 11.
At Costa they pride themselves on offering the nation’s most popular coffee, served alongside a delicious range of cakes and snacks - and the proof is in the pudding - Costa has been voted the nation's favourite coffee shop 3 years running. Did you know it was founded in 1971 and is the world's second largest coffee chain?
Doggett's Coat and Badge
Doggett's Coat and Badge is a local pub which takes its name from a 300 year-old boat race originally organised by Thomas Doggett. It is spread over multiple floors with a terrace above the Thames
Coat and Badge
You'd be hard pushed to find a finer real ale pub in South Bank, London. In fact, we believe Doggett's Coat and Badge is unrivalled in its choice of quality cask-conditioned beers and carefully compiled menu of British pub dishes.
You will find Doggett's Coat and Badge in South Bank. This family-friendly pub looks over The Thames within a short stroll of Blackfriars Bridge, Stamford Street and Blackfriars Road.
Dorfman Cafe & Bar at the National Theatre
Buzzing cafe and bar tucked away within London's most prominent brutalist building
Dorfman Cafe & Bar
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If you think National Theatre is just a world-leading performance powerhouse then think again. This magnificent arts centre has many spaces which are perfect for study sessions, informal meetings or a solo lunch.
Cue The Dorfman, National Theatre's new multipurpose space - here you'll also find the Cafe Bar, open all day and stocks a wide range of drinks from lagers to lattes, whiskey to wine. There are sandwiches and cakes, popcorn and crisps, as well a selection of sweets and goodies for the kids.
So next time you're wondering around South Bank, be sure to take a break inside this brutalist icon.
Secret bar in the BFI Southbank (behind the bookcase!)
For the more explorative of South Bank frequenters, the Drawing Room at BFI Southbank will make for an interesting and altogether more private experience. To enter, look for the secret door behind a bookcase at BFI Southbank. Find it, and you’ve found the way to the Drawing Room – an intimate cocktail bar (which is also available for private parties).
The Drawing Room is also perfect for hosting a stylish, intimate private party or event.
Counter-serve outlet for breakfast and coffee, sandwiches, soups and salads.
EAT. Southbank Centre
Perfect for a picnic by the riverside. Fresh salads, sandwiches and cakes. A great breakfast or lunch spot.
EAT. Southbank Centre is one of two EAT. branches in South Bank. This one is ideally located on the riverside, and is the perfect place to stop and have a cup of tea in full view of The Thames. Seasonal produce, fresh salads, sandwiches and cakes are all on offer, as well as classic breakfast and lunch fare.
Enough to Feed an Elephant
Enough To Feed An Elephant is a classic British chippy within South Bank.
Enough to Feed
Enjoy illy coffee and a Panini indoors or outdoors with views of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament available.
The Espressamente Illy coffee shop on the ground floor of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel serves the finest quality coffee, Italian style.
With indoor and outdoor seating, espressamente illy coffee bar sports views directly over Westminster Bridge and on to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – the perfect place to sit back and relax with a cup of the black stuff.
Illy coffee was founded in Trieste, Italy in 1933 and specialises in the production of espresso. Its clean white interior and gleaming coffee machines are reminiscent of the best coffee bars of Rome, with a team of expert baristas at your service.
Handmade sushi using the best fresh fish, vegetables, spices and seaweed. Range of Japanese beers, sake, wine and green tea. Eat in and take-away (for pick-up).
Situated on the Festival Terrace opposite the Royal Festival Hall (and the famous Nelson Mandela sculpture) is Feng Sushi - the perfect place to refuel with homemade sushi.
With it's prime location in the heart of South Bank, this popular Japanese restaurant fills up quickly before shows so pre-booking is advisable.
Every branch uses the best fresh fish, vegetables, spices and seaweed. Also on offer are a range of Japanese beers, sake, wine and green tea.
Gabriel's Wharf is home to an eclectic mix of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Tasty cuisine in a trendy restaurant, with child-friendly service. Alfresco seating by the riverside.
Giraffe is well-known for bringing global classics to a family-friendly and lively atmosphere.
The South Bank branch is the largest in the capital, complete with riverside views - it's a popular one too thanks to the great location, but rest-assured the queue goes down quickly.
The menu is extensive and varied ensuring there's a dish to suit every taste, from Duck Gua Bao Buns to Sweetcorn Fritter Tacos.
Gourmet Pizza Company
Gourmet Pizza Company has been serving up award-winning pizzas with amazing views of the river Thames for over 25 years.
Nestled within the charming Gabriel's Wharf is the Gourmet Pizza Co. With riverside views, a bustling atmosphere and a delicious Italian menu - this has all the markings of a perfect dinner venue!
The outside deck – partly covered – adds to its continental feel and being right on the riverside walkway it is not only a perfect place to people watch but also to enjoy the river and views to the city.
Naturally you'll find a healthy choice of pizza options on the menu, but you'll also find an extensive range of salads and pasta dishes, not to mention scrumptious dessert options.
Great British Fish and Chips
Serving traditional British fish and chips to tourists and locals alike. A wide choice of British food at the Great British Fish and Chips Restaurant and Take Away.
Fish and Chips
Welcome to London. We hope you’re enjoying the capital and the amazing historic places of interest the City of London has to offer as well as the various new attractions along the river Thames and the Southbank. So after your riverboat trip or flight on the EDF London Eye, you’ll probably be feeling hungry. Why wander around aimlessly along Queens Walk looking for a place to eat when you can choose from a wide choice of British food at the Great British Fish and Chips Restaurant and Take Away.
We’re in the impressive County Hall building, in between the London Eye Ticket hall and the London Dungeons and you can choose from the traditional British Fish and Chips, Fried Chicken, Sausages or Burgers and chips. You can sit inside our restaurant full of photos and artwork of iconic British landmarks and enjoy the great views across the River Thames, of Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Cleopatra’s Needle as well as the amazing London Eye. Alternatively you can order your food and drink as a take away to sit outside and take in the whole riverside experience.
Hole in the Wall
The Hole in the Wall is a bustling pub in Waterloo, under the station's railway arches, popular as a commuter hangout with cask ales, pub menu and a small outdoor area.
The Hole in
Opened in 1947, The Hole in The Wall is pretty much an institution in Waterloo - and it's stayed pretty much the same for years. A stone's throw from Waterloo Station, this little gem of a pub is actually quite a large hole in a wall, being situated situated in an arch beneath one of the main routes used by trains to enter Waterloo station. Every few minutes there is a train rumbling throughout the pub which gives the place an Old Time charm.
The food served at the Hole in the Wall does have a rather large selection of beers on tap. There are five ale hand pumps. They also do Leffe Blonde on tap, a great tasting lager. Other beers on tap include Hoegaarden and Becks Vier.
When you consider its proximity to the station and the excellent range of beers on the hand pumps, it is clear to see why the place has an appeal amongst commuters to and from South Bank and local employees .
Not a great place for a romantic tête-à-tête, but a handy one to put right the evils of another day in the office or kill time while waiting for that train.
House of Crepes
Sweet and savoury crepes, eat-in or takeaway. Add your favourites to a sweet crepe, such as Nutella, or try a full English savoury treat!
Once you've had a wonder down the leafy avenues of South Bank, explore Gabriel's Wharf and pick up a delicious treat from House of Crepes.
Sit inside or out and indulge in one of 40 varieties of sweet and savoury crepes: from spinach and feta to banana and chocolate with fresh cream. Or choose from the selection of sandwiches, cakes, ice creams and coffees. Open daily until late.
House Of Vans
Underground tunnels housing a gallery, music venue, cinema, diner and of course, skate park.
A vibrant, energetic bar with a distinctly Latin flavour! Cocktails and exotic recipes. Outdoor terrace seating.
Las Iguanas are a popular Latin-American themed restaurant group with chains across London.
Their chefs add carefully sourced ingredients from around the world to British produce to conjure delicious, authentic South American food, made with passion, love and lots of Latin magic.
Las Iguanas' food pulses with its exotic 16th Century roots – a mouth-watering confusion of native Latin American Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences.
Las Iguanas is an adventure. You’ll discover new tastes, and fall in love with new favourites – and feel the warmth and welcome of South America.
Le Pain Quotidien
Lovely bread, savouries, cakes and coffee. Freshly made salads and baguettes. Terrace seating.
Le Pain Quotidien is located on Royal Festival Terrace (opposite the famous Nelson Mandela statue. The beautiful restaurant has it's lower floor built into the railway arches with plenty of exposed brick
After a day wondering around South Bank refuel with delicious, freshly prepared French plates - the restaurant prides itself on pure and simple ingredients and it won't be tricky searching for a healthy or diet specific option on the extensive menu. That's not to say you can't indulge - plate sized cookies are available as is the finest charcuterie.
This is the ideal venue for a long-lunch, pre-show supper or freshly baked breakfast.
Beside the London Eye and moments from the Houses of Parliament, Locale delivers great affordable fresh Italian food in the heart of London.
If you're after quality Italian fare, just a few steps away from the Houses of Parliament, then this unassuming restaurant is the place for you. Managers Mat and Mark are always on hand, willing to welcome new customers and regulars alike with a smile. The food on offer is responsibly sourced, reasonably priced and never fails to impress in scope or taste, especially when coupled with a classic Italian cocktail from a well stocked, well managed bar. Newbies note: the place gets busy on weekends, book ahead.
McDonald's County Hall
McDonald's is everyone's favourite fast food burger joint!
Everyone's favourite fast food burger joint!
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The Kings of PERi-PERi chicken can be found just minutes from Waterloo Station on Stamford Street.
The tasty and affordable Portuguese inspired eaterie offers a ranges of quick and delcious dishes with it's legendary chicken at the heart of many of the recipes. Enjoy a range of grills, pittas, burgers and wraps - and don't forget the sides. Will you choose a regular side or go fino?
Neds Noodle Bar
Serving Asian dishes from around the world in take-out pailor boxes.
Casual restaurant with outdoor seating selling Bristol-based gourmet pies to eat in or take home.
A firm favourite across the capital, Pieminister serves delicious, award winning hot pies from free range meat, as well as sausage rolls and cakes.
Enjoy a hot pie from a range of flavours for just £4.50, add mash and gravy for £6.50, or take a chilled one home for tea!
Mothership Monday offer now just £6. Get on board to choose your own pie with mash, gravy and sides.
To check out the full range and to become a V.I.Pie (for more fantastic offers and giveaways) visit pieminister.co.uk.
Special discounts can be arranged for office orders, and don’t forget to ask in-store about our local delivery service.
Dim Sum, cocktails and tea with exotic flowers that bloom within the cup. Ping Pong is fresh and stylish. Outdoor seating.
The menu featuring delicious dim sum dishes is extensive and highly trained dim sum chefs and cocktail experts ensure continual taste innovation and faultless preparation.
The restaurant at Southbank Centre has two floors, featuring the floating Lotus Lounge, a buzzing cocktail bar and an outside terrace.
Please note that this restaurant has a minimum booking requirement of eight people or more, for more information on group bookings and events please contact them. Alternatively, just drop in.
Pizza Express Italian restaurants provide exceptional quality food such as pizza and pasta as well as live music, takeaway and table bookings, always in style.
Enviably located just off the Southbank Centre, directly opposite the Royal Festival Hall main entrance, Pizza Express is close to major attractions like the London Eye and the Aquarium. It's extremely spacious but with a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere – making the place ideal for every sort of occasion.
Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger, or 'ready to eat' is a hugely successful UK brand of cafes, renowned for its organic and fresh produce.
Pret creates handmade natural food avoiding the obscure chemical, additives and preservatives common to so much of the 'prepared' and 'fast' food on the market. Pret operates a bit like a restaurant. They build kitchens in (or very near) every shop. They also offer their unsold food to charity at the end of each day rather than keeping it to sell the next day.
Sarni's specialise in freshly prepared fillings and continental breads such as panini, ciabatta, focaccia and baguettes. You can also pick up a coffee, a selection of homemade cakes and cold drinks.
Sarni's is a cozy sandwich and panini bar, specialising in freshly prepared fillings and continental breads such as ciabatta, focaccia and baguettes. You can also pick up a coffee, a selection of homemade cakes and cold drinks.
In fine weather, you can enjoy seating outside where you are able to sit and eat your sandwich and have a drink, surrounded by the small boutiques and other cafes and bars at Gabriel’s Wharf, on the South Bank riverside. Sarni's is open from breakfast till teatime daily.
Sports Bar & Grill London Waterloo
Offering a great sporting experience by watching your team on an array of high end Sony TV’s
A fan of sports and great lager? Look no further than Sports Bar & Grill, located on the balcony of Waterloo Station, a stone's throw from London's South Bank. Sports Bar & Grill Waterloo is designed to socialise, dine, drink and work with plenty of power points for laptops and free WiFi. If you're looking for a quick bite, you'll enjoy a meal on-the-go from their menu, with ingredient all prepared and cooked from an open kitchen. A boozy fan? Sports Bar & Grill Waterloo serves a wide range of wines, lagers, cask ales and spirits. And of course, you'll enjoy the best sporting experience in South Bank, by watching your favourite team play, across an array of high-end Sony TV’s throughout the venue.
Strada at Southbank Centre
Located beneath the Royal Festival Hall, Strada is a popular restaurant offering riverside views and contemporary Italian cuisine serving locally-sourced dishes using the finest seasonal produce.
Royal Festival Hall
Right beneath the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, Italian Restaurant Strada offers contemporary Italian food, with wonderful views of the South Bank and Thames Riverside.
Situated in one of London's best destinations for eating out, this flagship branch of Strada has a modern interior with a sunny outside patio area overlooking the River Thames for al fresco dining.
Tuck into a delicious menu of freshly made hand-stretched pizzas, pastas, risottos and secondi. Book a table or drop in. Strada South Bank can’t take bookings for the outside area, so if that’s your preference, make sure you arrive outside peak times.
Informal, relaxed bar and restaurant in Gabriel's Wharf, South Bank, perfect for people-watching when the sun comes out.
Studio Six is located in Gabriel's Wharf, the tranquil riverside enclave of designer-maker shops and art galleries in South Bank, a stone's throw from the river Thames and two minutes walk from the art-deco jewel that is the OXO Tower.
Studio Six is adjacent to the ITV Studios (which is where their name 'Studio Six' comes from) so don't be surprised if you see some familiar TV faces sitting alongside you - whatever the time of day. Their al fresco outdoor area, looking onto the arty retail spaces of Gabriel's Wharf, is perfect for people-watching when the sun comes out.
With lots of benches and sun brollies providing shade, you would be excused if you forgot for a moment that you were in central London and not holidaying on the Continent. But that's South Bank to you!
From lunch until late Studio Six serves fresh food, hand-picked beers and wines – the atmosphere is relaxed and always friendly.
Steak restaurant and wine bar under Waterloo Station's railway arches with free jazz on Fridays and Saturdays.
Halfway between Waterloo Station and the South Bank riverside, The Archduke was amongst the first restaurant and wine bar to open in South Bank in 1979 and is instantly recognisable by its striking and award-winning architecture. Carved from under the railway arches by Waterloo Station, it has become something of a London institution. In addition to fine food and a well-assorted bar, The Archduke plays host to Jazz performances every evening and Sunday afternoon.
The Beer House
The Beer House is a cheeky pub in Waterloo Station. Featuring a large selection of beers (obviously) and on-the-go meals in a cheerful atmosphere. We have the pub's opening hours and address, street map and photo.
A House with Beer. What more do you want? With 124 million travellers passing through Waterloo Station every year, you’ll be overjoyed to find The Beer House inside the station's main concourse and escape from the crowds.
The Beer House pub and kitchen can be found opposite Platform 2 and 3 on the main Waterloo Station concourse. Serving as a happy medium between an out-and-out craft house and a city bar, The Beer House Waterloo serves up a brilliant range of big name beers, local heroes and classic crafts.
Proper pints, reasonably priced pub food and a cheerful atmosphere will make sure your commute home is less tiresome. From hot wings to craft lagers, hand-pressed burgers to chocolate porters and - what they claim - the best bacon bap in Waterloo - The Beer House is a must-stop for dreary travellers and those looking for a quick drink or a bite to eat on their way to South Bank.
Unique British tapas menu that can be enjoyed with martini cocktails, ales and wines. Take-away coffee, muffins, and made-to-order picnic hampers available.
The Cabin opened on The Balcony at Waterloo station in mid-2012, with the intention of putting style back into travel. The bar is based on the mystique, intrigue and luxury of the iconic Orient Express together with a contemporary feel to appeal to those looking for a quality experience in a travel environment. At the time of its launch, Cabin featured the first ever self-service wine machine to be installed at a major train station.
The menu features an excellent choice of premium food and drink, with an emphasis on British tapas that can be enjoyed with martini cocktails, exclusive ales and fine wines. Customers can take advantage of take-out coffee, muffins, wine and made-to-order picnic hampers, featuring cured meats, speciality cheeses and freshly baked bread.
The Mulberry Bush Waterloo
Earthy, traditional pub and restaurant offering seasonal British cuisine near Gabriel's Wharf, South Bank
Eat the seasons away at the Mulberry Bush an earthy pub & restaurant right behind Gabriel's Wharf and ITV Studios, in South Bank. Whether you fancy one of their sharing plates over a bottle of wine and a chat with friends, or a 3 course meal, the best of the British season is always on the menu. The Mulberry Bush chefs will delight you with their daily specials, or you can opt for pub food favourites such as fish and chips, sausage and mash and burgers.
On a weekend, you can treat yourself to a traditional British brunch that includes organic eggs, British back bacon, Young’s pork & beer sausage, Portobello mushroom, baked beans, grilled heritage tomato, toasted sourdough, English butter.
At the bar choose from a selection of Young’s cask and local ales, London craft lagers and small batch spirits plus a great range of exclusive wines.
The Pasty Shop
Delicious pasties. Lovingly hand made in Cornwall. Sold in Waterloo Station!
Located inside Waterloo Station, The Pasty Shop serves piping hot traditional Cornish pasties to commuters, South Bank visitors and lunch-timers on the go. All of their pasties are hand made in Cornwall, then freshly baked on site at Waterloo daily. Each pasty has a limited life to ensure every pasty sold comes fresh from the oven – they are not full of additives to extend shelf life
Choose from a range of mouth-watering flavours, from a tender Lamb pasty with a delicate hint of mint, to a tangy Chicken pasty in Baltic sauce or a hearty steak pasty with swede and rich Stilton cheese, you’ll quickly discover The Pasty Shop have a pasty to suit everyone’s taste-buds.
So the next time you are heading to South Bank and need to eat on the move, try a traditional, freshly baked alternative to fast food and stop at The Past Shop at Waterloo Station.
The Slug and Lettuce
Upbeat bar in South Bank, next to the London Eye, with a cocktail list, a menu of global classics, and uncluttered contemporary decor.
If you don’t know Slug and Lettuce, then in a nutshell …it is one of the UK's most-loved restaurant and bar chains, with over 70 bars across the country who serve great quality food, fabulous cocktails and delicious wines, world lagers and beers in a comfy, safe, welcoming environment.
A couple of steps away from the Coca-Cola London Eye, Slug and Lettuce is located in County Hall, and will have you enjoy seating out front for those lazy summer afternoons in South Bank. So why not stop by so you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by whilst enjoying one of our great selection of cocktails?
From a relaxed daytime restaurant Slug and Lettuce County Hall doubles into a lively night time venue perfect to meet friends, dance, hold parties, listen to great music – whatever you fancy really.
The Wharf offers some of the best views of South Bank's Riverside Walkway and The Thames. Located in Gabriel's Wharf, near the OXO Tower, The Wharf is open from 9 am 'til late for lunch, dinner and drinks.
The Wharf offers al fresco dining with sensational views over South Bank's Riverside Walk and the river Thames. This family-friendly riverside restaurant is just a stone's throw away from the National Theatre and other major South Bank attractions. At The Wharf you can enjoy fresh seafood and hot-off-the-grill dishes whilst taking in riverside views from their upper balcony, as well as views of the City towards St Paul's.
The Wharf is open every day from 9.00 am (for coffee) 11.30 am (lunch) until 11.30 pm for last orders.
Whether you’re visiting with family or friends, enjoying a break from the office, treating a client to lunch or you’re a South Bank local, The Wharf team will aim to serve up the very best experience.
Railway arch cafe bar with bright paintings, for juices and sharing plates, plus cocktails and DJs.
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Topolski serves food and drink day and night in the gallery of celebrated artist Feliks Topolski.
Topolski has four areas:
Outside area for soaking up the sun and refreshments.
Arch 1 - buzzing café and bar that is suitable for intimate reservations and small groups.
Arch 2 - happening bar that hosts late night djs, live music, special events, large group bookings and major sporting events on a big screen.
Arch 3 - booked by groups as a private room with a ping pong table.
Arch 1, 2 or 3 and the whole venue are available for private use.
To make a reservation visit the reservations page above. For venue hire enquires email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations are welcomed and recommended.
Topolski is conveniently located for Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Odeon Imax Cinema, the London Eye and Waterloo underground and rail station.
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