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Cocktail Hour in South Bank

June 16th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Cocktail Hour in South Bank

If it's one thing that South Bank does best, it's cocktails. With so many amazing bars and restaurants to choose from, each with their own expert teams of mixologists, we thought it best to come up with this written a guide to eight of the best spots in the area to grab a Mojito, Old Fashioned or one of these venues own personal creations.

  • Skylon

    With their home located in the iconic Royal Festival Hall and named after one of the Festival of Britain's most iconic designs, it's hardly surprising that Skylon are also home to stylish and sophisticated cocktails too. Skylon's new bar manager Sebastien Guesdon has inspired a new cocktail menu with 12 of his own creations. Try the Bonnie & Clyde, made with 13 Woodford bourbon, fresh basil & mint, apple, grapefruit, honey, bitters. Or, whilst your on South Bank, give Southbank Promenade a go, with Havana Club 7yo, sambuca, rose bitters, raspberry, pineapple.

    Skylon are also participating in Cocktails in the City this weekend where their bar team will be serving up three refreshing creations in partnership with Everleaf Drinks - Take A Chance On Me, Making Your Mind Up, Call It Magic.

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    Skylon Restaurant & Bar
  • Limin' Beach Club

    “Cocktails on the beach, you say?” That’s right, down at Gabriel’s Wharf, Limin’ Beach Club are not only serving up delicious BBQ flavours from Trinidad and Tobago, they’re also known for their rum based cocktails and punches, which, combined with their very own beach, will help transport you to the Caribbean this summer. Limin' make all their cocktails with their exclusive house rum, Threeways, including in our personal fave Mr Rum's Punch (pictured), which is mixed with mango, passion fruit, grenadine, bitters and lime. For those proper tropical vibes, you can even choose 'Rum n' Coconut' - yes, that's simply Threeways Rum served with fresh coconut water and served in the very thing itself! You don't get much more tropical than that.

    And for those looking for something to takeaway, Limin’s pop-up river front bar are also serving up a limited menu of cocktails that you can take down to Ernie’s Beach below Oxo Tower Wharf (at low tide of course).

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    Limin' Beach Club
  • Sea Containers

    If it’s one thing Sea Containers Hotel is known for, it’s being home to not one, but two of the best cocktail bars in London. Lyaness on the hotels gorund floor, is where Ryan Chetiyawardana, AKA Mr Lyan, conjures up his maverick creations, which have led to him winning multiple global awards, including 2nd and 3rd place in the Global Bartender of the Year awards and winner of the International Bartender in 2015 as well as the UK's Bartender of the Year too. Dandelyan, which used to sit where Lyaness does today, also won the 2018 award for best bar in the world! Immediately after, Mr Lyan decided to start over and create a brand new project - Lyaness - which has continued to rack up the plaudits since. On the menu at the moment, the Continental Sour, made from 13.5 Toki Japanese whisky, Golden Levain, cantaloupe oleo, white coconut, grapefruit, rhubarb is just one example of how Mr Lyan goes the extra mile to create unique cocktails with exceptional ingredients.

    Then, if it's stunning views you're after, 12th Knot is the place to go for scenic cocktails, their rooftop balcony looks out over the River Thames and will be reopening this summer, so keep your eyes peeled for their return! 

    Sea Containers London
  • Brasserie Blanc

    There’s more to Brasserie Blanc than their renowned classic French food. Every day from 5 – 7pm you can enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails from their menu. Enjoy on their new summer terrace, the perfect way to accompany the end of the working day or to kick off your weekend in style.

    Try the Paloma, made with 8.00 Ocho Reposado Tequila, pink grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, agave syrup and soda water for a truly refreshing drink to cool down those hot summer days.

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    Brasserie Blanc
  • Giraffe

    You may only know Giraffe for their brilliant brunches and delicious dishes from around the world. But did you also know that it's the place to head for cocktails too? With eleven on offer, you can choose between the likes of classic Mojito's, Espresso Martini's or their own Passion Fruit Martini and Honeysuckle (pictured). With all cocktails just £5, we'll cheers to that!

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    Giraffe
  • Art Yard

    Art Yard have a love of all things creative, so it's not surprising that you'll see that reflected in their cocktail menu too, which is underpinned with creativity. This summer sees two exciting new collections on the menu offering guests the opportunity to discover new flavours. 

    The first is a collaboration with El Rayo Tequila, a creative, craft tequila brand that has revolutionised the way you drink tequila. Putting tequila slammers to bed, El Rayo’s sophisticated, 100% agave tequila paired with tonic and a slice of grapefruit is a is a surprising, vibrant drink, it’s fresh, clean and natural flavours provide a welcome alternative to gin. Art Yard have launched a new T&T outdoor terrace where these signature T&Ts are served with snacks and a side of sunshine. 

    Inspired by their rooftop bees the team have created two signature beeswax cocktails. GOLD RUSH (Slow cooked Basil & Honey No. 3 Gin and citrus) and BEE’S KNEES (Slow cooked fresh herbs & Honey Glenrothes 12, Drambuie, fig liquer and Fernet Branca) are infused using a technique that allows the aromatics of the beeswax to bond with the spirit. Both cocktails are crafted in advance and served swiftly in signature bottles.

    Art Yard at Bankside Hotel is Open daily 9am – 22.00pm

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    Bankside
  • The Green Room

    The Green Room have just launched their new cocktail menu. With a large open outdoor area, the architecturally Scandinavian bar and restaurant is one of South Bank's hidden gems. Set just behind the National Theatre, it's easy to miss if you're only heading to the riverfront, but it's well worth the detour. With Tuesday night live music sessions just launching in association with The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, sit back and relax with an Iced Tea Highball Johnnie Walker Black, Peach Iced Tea, Port, Fresh Lime Juice. Or try the Pink Negroni; made from Villa Ascenti Gin, Rose Belsazar Vermouth, Campari. Two cocktails that are the perfect accompaniment to any summer evening.

    The Green Room
  • OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

    OXO are channelling all things summery with their newest cocktail of the month for July, which takes Makers Mark, Markers 46 and gives this traditional bourbon a vibrant, fruity twist. The outcome is 'Summer of 46'; a cocktail that muddles Makers 46 together with ginger, a dash of Licor 43, and a trio of perfectly blended fruit juices. Served over crushed ice, garnished with maraschino cherries and a viola flower. Delicious, and dangerously drinkable this is the perfect cocktail to have in hand whilst watching summer sunsets roll over the Thames.

    OXO also have a full cocktail menu, featuring classic cocktails alongside their own creations. With a new featured cocktail every month and views to be ranked as some of the best in London, it's no surprise that it makes it onto our South Bank cocktail guide.

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    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - Limin' Beach Club

    56 UPPER GROUND

    SOUTH BANK SE1 9PP

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  • 3 - Sea Containers London

    Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PD 

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  • 4 - Brasserie Blanc

    9 Belvedere Rd, South Bank SE1 8YL

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  • 5 - Giraffe

    Southbank Centre Festival Terrace SE1 8XX

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  • 6 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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  • 7 - The Green Room

    101 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

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  • 8 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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