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South Bank's best burgers

August 21st, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

South Bank's best burgers

Gourmet burgers are everywhere these days, with restaurants constantly trying to out-do themselves. Whether you believe the perfect burger lies in the ever so slightly toasted (brioche) bun, the quality of the meat, the cooking (medium-rare, or nothing at all), or the addition of speciality sauces, South Bank has enough choice for you to find your way to burger nirvana. Read on for our pick of the crop. 

  • The South Bank One

    You know you've made it when you have your very own burger named after you! That's why we're extremely humbled by Honest Burgers exclusive 'South Bank Burger'; found only at their South Bank restaurant. 

    A bit like South Bank itself, it's adventurous but has something for everyone; with garlic pickle, baby spinach and Waterloo cheese alongside a classic 'Honest' beef patty and smoked bacon. Plus, like South Bank, it's all inclusive with a gluten free alternative available too.

    If you're a regular at Honest Burgers and think you've tried their best classics, wait till you try the one and only South Bank Burger.


    Honest Burgers
  • The Dramatic One

    Isn't the National Theatre good? Not only do they show high quality, amazing theatre, but they also have a fantastic panoply of exciting foodie pop-ups throughout the summer, allowing you to relax in the shade of its awesome architecture and soak up the buzz of South Bank.

    This summer, Burgerworks are serving up some old classics in the form of Beef and Chicken burgers, but look out for their 100% plant based vegan alternative.

    Plus, like any great theatrical production, the supporting cast in the form of sides including bacon mac n’ cheese fritters, deep fried pickles and honey mustard slaw deliver stand out performances which almost steal the limelight from the leading acts.

    Perfect for a quick bite before a show or a sit down pre-theatre meal, you can enjoy them in the restaurant or to go. 

    National Theatre
  • The Express one

    Now if you're feeling rather decadent and want to treat yourself on your lunch break, head to OXO Tower, whose team have ingeniously crafted the best, speediest burger you'll ever encounter, perfect for that pesky clock-watching boss of yours. 

    It'll come out in a jiffy - allowing you time to sit back and enjoy your full lunch hour without the stress of getting back late. 

    And they don't sacrifice any flavour in the process, with Head Chef Keir Barry’s moreish gourmet burger made from sumptuous Wagyu Beef and crispy slaw or be tempted by their Vegan burger with 'truffle mayo.


    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • For Burgers Who Brunch

    Never considered having a burger for brunch before? Well think again, because Art Yard at Bankside Hotel have conjured up the perfect alternative for those tired of the usual Brunch fare. 

    'The Yard Burger' comes with a melty rarebit patty on top of which you can add both fried egg and bacon for an extra indulgence. Once you've had this burger for brunch you may never go back...

  • The Adventurous One

    For those of you who love the taste of the East and exploring exotic flavours, then head to Spiritland to tantalise your tastebuds with their Korean Chicken Sandwich. Best served with a cold Braybrooke Beer! How could you resist?

  • The BBQ one

    Showcasing the best of modern barbecue food, The BBQ Club offers a delicious casual street food menu, featuring everything from burgers to rare-breed meats.

    The real showstopper, however, is their Monkfish Burger, served with tarragon mayo, tomato & spring onion salsa, baby gem and homemade pickles. For those traditionalists, don't worry, their 'Signature Burger' with 'Proper Burger Sauce' is also a crowd favourite.

    This summer pop up won't be at South Bank for  much longer though, so give it a go whilst you can!

    Southbank Centre
  • The Meatlovers Burger

    You won't find many other places in London quite as dedicated to meat as Gillray's at London Marriott Hotel at County Hall. It's best known for serving the best Aberdeen Angus steak sourced from English farms - and why wouldn't you want that on your burger!? This tantalisingly tempting triumph that comes with slow braised ox cheek, bacon jam, smoked cheddar and a dill pickle fritter (that's not including the patty itself!) is so mouthwatering it's hard not to salivate just writing about it...

    If that's not enough to persuade you, Gillray's is based in the old headquarters of the Greater London Council (GLC), the London Marriott Hotel at County Hall lives and breathes history and boasts fabulous views directly on to Westminster.

    Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
  • The sophisticated one

    If you're looking for a bit of a posh setting for your burger consumption, then we recommend Skylon. THE place to go on a date, a nice lunch with friends or dinner with a view. 

    Skylon is located inside the Southbank Centre with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the river views, with an airy, Modern European feel and 1950s design touches.

    If you want quality ingredients, a delicious burger and artfully stacked chips, then this is the place to be. 

    Skylon Restaurant & Bar

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Honest Burgers

    9 Festival Terrace
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 3 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 4 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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  • 5 - Spiritland

    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

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  • 6 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 7 - Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB


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  • 8 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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