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Guide to South Bank’s cosiest spots

November 17th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

Guide to South Bank’s cosiest spots

Winter is glorious on London’s South Bank. As the mercury drops and nights draw in, the riverside lights twinkle like stars, and the scents and sounds of the Southbank Centre food market fills the crisp, clear air. The riverside walkway is perfect for a romantic stroll, but when the chill sets in and Jack Frost nips at your nose, why not duck into one of the South Bank’s cosy cafés or bars for a winter warmer?

  • The Library Lounge at Marriott County Hall

    Beat the winter blues with a Traditional Afternoon Tea served in the elegant surroundings of the old County Hall library. Busts of Shakespeare and Milton gaze down from the original oak bookshelves as you indulge in home-made cakes and scones and freshly cut sandwiches, washed down by a warming cup of fine English tea.

    For more information on The Library Lounge, click here

    London Marriott Hotel County Hall
  • The Den at Mondrian

    At the Den, you can recline on plump velvet sofas and challenge your friends to a game of backgammon, while fortifying yourself from the mouth-watering menu of bar snacks, which includes burrata, chorizo and buffalo mozzarella flatbread and avocado on toast.

    For more information on the London Mondrian Hotel, click here

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  • National Theatre

    On a gloomy winter’s afternoon, it’s hard to resist the bright lights of our National Theatre. Step inside and you’ll find a surprising range of refreshment options. In the main foyer you can’t miss The Long Bar, serving wine, beers and spirits from 5pm until the final curtain falls. Real Ale drinkers should head to the relaxed and friendly craft beer pub, The Understudy, while those with rumbling tums make for Kitchen, a bright and airy all-day café serving light meals – from breakfast baps to cakes and pastries.

    For more information on The National Theatre, click here.

    National Theatre
  • Penny at The Old Vic

    Tis the season to be jolly, and where jollier to enjoy a pre- or post-show drink than Penny, the revamped Pit Bar at The Old Vic. Named after the 1800s Penny Lectures, this new all-day café and late night bar promises creative menus made from local food... and a penny from everything you buy goes to charity!

    For more information on Penny click here

    The Old Vic
  • OXO Tower Bar

    On the eighth floor of this iconic London landmark, the OXO Tower Bar is the perfect place to relax and indulge in a deliciously warming hot chocolate cocktail as you enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline – under a blanket of snow if you’re lucky. Guaranteed to lift the spirits and warm the cockles in the bleak midwinter!

    For more information on the OXO Tower Bar, click here

    OXO Tower Bar
  • BFI Southbank

    If you’re strolling along the riverside walkway looking for shelter, don’t miss Riverfront at the BFI: on one side a buzzing bar, the other an informal restaurant.  Upstairs, The Drawing Room is tucked away behind an inconspicuous bookcase in the corner of BFI Bar & Kitchen. In this dimly-lit hideaway, plush furnishings and jazz tunes create a warm and convivial atmosphere, perfect for a cosy evening.

    For more information on BFI Southbank, click here

    BFI Southbank
  • Spectrum Bar and Café

    Located at Park Plaza County Hall, this chilled-out café and bar offers a choice of menus, from English breakfast to evening tapas. A three-course children’s menu makes this the perfect haven for families to escape the crowds during a wintry day out.

    For information on Spectrum, click here

    Spectrum Bar & Café
  • Espressamente illy coffee shop

    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.

    For more information on espressamente illy, click here.

    Esspressamente Illy
  • Skylon

    Whatever the weather, you don’t need an excuse to visit Skylon, renowned across London for its stunning raised centrepiece bar and extensive cocktail menu – just the place to survey the boats sailing along the Thames and enjoy fantastic food, wines and drinks. 

    For more information on Skylon, click here

    Skylon Restaurant & Bar
  • 1882

    Take your mind off the British winter and allow yourself to be transported to the warmer climes of Italy at Caffe Veragano 1882, purveyor of the finest espresso this side of Napoli.

    For more information on 1882, click here.

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Find The Venues

  • 1 - London Marriott Hotel County Hall

    London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, South Bank London SE1 7PB

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

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 5 - OXO Tower Bar

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 6 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 7 - Spectrum Bar & Café

    Spectrum Bar and Cafe, Park Plaza County Hall

    1 Addington St, South Bank, London SE1 7RY

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  • 8 - Esspressamente Illy

    Ground Floor,

    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

    Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth 

    London SE1 7UT, UK

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  • 9 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 10 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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