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VAULT Festival Food & Drink Guide

January 16th, 2020 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

VAULT Festival Guide: Food & Drink in South Bank

Heading to Vault Festival this year and wondering where to grab a bite or a drink? Look no further... In 2019 over 79,000 watched one of the 400+ live shows on offer in and around South Bank and Waterloo and this year is set to be another bumper year for London's biggest, boldest and wildest arts festival. The festival’s hub is located in the graffiti clad arches of Leake Street, itself home to some great restaurants, cafes and bars, which means there’s plenty of convenient places to choose from for a pre / post show drink or meal. And if you’re keen to explore a bit further a field and see what the rest of South Bank has to offer, then there’s some fantastic and quirky venues to choose from without stretching your purse strings too tight.

  • Spiritland

    One of the coolest venues in South Bank, Spiritland simply oozes style, from the bespoke velvet curtains, to the marble bar and rounded booths upholstered in leather. The restaurant gives a nod to the performing arts with a theatrical interior intended to comfort diners well into the small hours. Spiritland prides itself on its music, with a state of the art sound system that regularly has guest DJs spinning tracks all night long - Jarvis Cocker is among those featuring in February.

    It’s not just a late night scene though, Spiritland offers diners a delicious range in their Breakfast and Lunch menus all for a great value, the Korean Chicken Sandwich is definitely one to sample.

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  • Banh Bao Brothers

    Located at the centre of Leake Street, Banh Bao Brothers is perfectly placed for a pre-show meal, the Vietnamese street food inspired menu means it’s great for sharing if you’re heading to the festival with friends. Try the ‘Bucket of beers and wings’ combo or the ‘Four Beer and Taster Tray’, which are perfect as a pre-show snack and tipple.

    Aside from the mouth watering food on offer, it’s also one of London’s most Instagrammable foodie hotspots. Not only does it have its own street art inspired exterior that is befitting of its Leake Street setting, inside is an urban garden with pink blossomed trees and atmospheric lighting.

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    Banh Bao Brothers
  • Mamuśka!

    Mamuśhka’s lunch time deals are a great option if you’re heading to an afternoon show. The ‘lunchtime quicky’ as they call it, are available to order from 11am – 4pm every weekday and feature smaller portions of some of your favourite dishes for just £6 including a salad and a drink. But of course, if you’re after a proper meal, then fill yourself up on hearty Polish stews, Schabowy’s and Pierogi’s aplenty.

    Plus, with over forty Polish beers and thirty Polish vodka’s available too, plus Mamuśhka’s famous vodka slushies, it’s also a great spot for a pre-show drink too!

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    Leake Street Arches
  • The Understudy

    Looking for craft beer? On The National Theatre’s north-east corner, you’ll find Understudy, a relaxed and friendly craft beer pub right on the riverfront. With it’s spacious seating and atmospheric setting, what better way to start a theatrically themed evening.

    Just next door is Burgerworks, choose from beef and chicken burgers. They also serve up a mean 100% plant based vegan burger as well as smaller burgers if you fancy a light bite, plus burger alternatives such as Avacado & Halloumi on toast and veggie or vegan bowls.

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    The Understudy
  • The Mulberry Bush

    Located behind the National Theatre is the Mulberry Bush, a stone’s throw away from Gabriel’s Wharf on the South Bank and nestled between Waterloo and Blackfriars train stations. It’s the place to be for real ale fans, with lots to choose from on tap. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Head Chef, Andris, is always cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Serving up his own seasonal heroes, delicious Sunday roasts and the meatiest sausage rolls you’ve ever seen. Make sure you join them for a Bottomless Brunch every Saturday, just book a two hour slot and indulge on Bucks Fizz or Bloody Mary’s.

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    The Mulberry Bush Waterloo
  • Draughts

    London’s original board game café, Draughts opened their second venue in Leake Street following on from the success of their flagship Hackney café in 2014. With over 1,000 games in its library, including classic favourites and hard to find games, across the two sites Draughts is a haven for experienced gamers and novices alike. The staff at Draughts undergo extensive training and are on hand to offer advice and guidance to those looking for a new experience, or who are unsure of the best option for a fun visit.

    With a seasonally changing food menu and rotating drinks, Draughts is the perfect place for a light bite, as well as being a great option for grabbing something more substantial over a longer gaming session.

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    Leake Street Arches
  • Southbank Centre Market

    A South Bank institution, the Southbank Centre market is a foodie’s paradise of handmade produce featuring dishes and snacks from every corner of the globe. And after a short winter break, the food market is retuning just in time for VAULT festival on 24 January.

    All stallholders are committed to providing food bursting with fresh, vibrant flavours from across the globe – no wonder it is one of London’s top food destinations.

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    Southbank Centre

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Spiritland

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

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  • 2 - Banh Bao Brothers

    20 Leake St, South Bank, London SE1 7NN

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  • 3 - Leake Street Arches

    Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN

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  • 4 - The Understudy

    The Understudy, National Theatre, South Bank London SE1 9PX

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  • 5 - The Mulberry Bush Waterloo

    The Mulberry Bush Pub, 89 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PP

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  • 6 - Leake Street Arches

    Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN

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  • 7 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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