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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Bars in South Bank

January 6th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

The Best Bars in South Bank

Experience some of the coolest and quirkiest cocktail bars in London’s cultural playground – however, if you don’t require something mixed, muddled and stirred there are plenty of places to relax with a good ol’ beer or glass of wine...

  • Skylon

    Add a little bit of luxury to your evening drinks. Skylon oozes chic sophistication and boasts stunning views across the river Thames – perfect for date night. They are also well known for their stand- out cocktails, mixed with a unique flair and imagination. And for those who fancy themselves as a bit of a Tom Cruise, you can have a go at making them yourself. Every Monday, enjoy a FREE Mixology Masterclass – create your favourite cocktail and learn to shake, muddle, and mix like TC in Cocktail... don’t look at us like that, you know you’ve seen it.

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    Royal Festival Hall
  • Gillray's Bar at Marriott County Hall

    Did you know that Gillray’s have over 39 different types of gin? And what’s more, it’s now open until 10:30pm. Gillray’s winning combination of a unique view (a panorama of Big Ben and the House of Parliament, just so you know) with the latest trends in mixology to create one-of-a-kind cocktails make it one of South Bank’s top secret bars.

    Royal Festival Hall
  • Dandelyan at Mondrian London

    The newest addition to South Bank has dropped anchor and new tastes and unexpected combinations await.

    Serving both innovative cocktails and refined interpretations of the classics, Dandelyan takes its inspiration from the botanical wilds of the British countryside and around the world. Prepare to lose yourself in the exotic flavours on offer... And as if the cocktails weren’t enough, their iconic green marble bar is sure to provide a talking point.

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    Mondrian London
  • OXO Bar at the OXO Tower Bar, Restaurant & Brasserie 

    Presiding high over the river Thames, the OXO Tower Bar boasts its own stunning views over London and St Paul’s, and its clever mixologists are always striving to show you a good time. Watch the city sparkle from the cosy comfort of the bar as the chilly nights draw in.

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    OXO Tower Bar
  • Primo Bar at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge 

    Boasting exotic cocktails and live music, Primo Bar is always alive with evening activity. From their showcasing of new talents every Tuesday from 8pm, and 2 for 1 cocktails every weeknight between 5pm and 8pm, Primo is primed to party. (Jaw-dropping views are an added extra).

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    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
  • Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London at Sea Containers 

    Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room comes alive as the sun goes down. Inspired by one of the most extraordinary cults of youth and frivolity in history, the Bright Young Things, they specialise in bubbly - serving an extensive list of the world’s best champagne offerings, by the glass, bottle, or in speciality cocktails by resident mixology master Mr Lyan. A magical glittering glass box perched atop Mondrian London.

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    Mondrian London
  • The Understudy at National Theatre 

    A relaxed and friendly craft beer pub at the National Theatre. Situated right on London's vibrant South Bank, The Understudy has riverside seating and serves a range of draught beers, wines and cocktails – the laid-back vibe makes it the perfect meeting spot for after work drinks with friends. Watch out for the menus on the horizon.

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    National Theatre
  • Penny at The Old Vic 

    The perfect place to escape the busy hubbub of the street during the day or to grab a drink or delicious bite to eat pre/post performance. This newly refurbished, relaxed all-day café and late night bar serves local food, proper coffee (including speciality coffee from Workshop Coffee, Clerkenwell) and great wines. Unpretentious and stylish, Penny is a must visit.

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    The Old Vic
  • Studio 6 at Gabriel's Wharf

    For something a little more homely, try Studio 6. Based in the oasis-like conclave of Gabriel’s Wharf, Studio 6 serve affordable and tasty tipples from a surprisingly extensive menu. Whether you choose to sit inside and watch the world go by in winter or enjoy the dappled sunshine on their terrace in the summer, Studio 6 is always alive with activity.

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    Gabriel's Wharf

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  • 1 - Royal Festival Hall

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  • 2 - Royal Festival Hall

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  • 3 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 4 - OXO Tower Bar

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 5 - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT 

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  • 6 - Mondrian London

    Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 7 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 8 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 9 - Gabriel's Wharf

    Gabriel’s Wharf,
    56 Upper Ground,
    South Bank,
    London,
    SE1 9PP

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