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South Bank Restaurant Guide

September 27th, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

South Bank Restaurant Guide

As it's London Restaurant Festival from 1 - 31 October, we've highlighted the top South Bank restaurants where you can truly indulge your taste buds.... and your waistband! 

For more information about the festival and what's happening throughout London, see the London Restaurant Festival website. 

  • Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

    When dining at Gillray’s you’ll feel like you’re in a Richard Curtis movie, so quintessentially English are your surroundings and the food! Wood panelled walls frame the windows through which you can enjoy panoramas of the River Thames and vistas across to the House of Parliament and Big Ben. Raised in Yorkshire, their beef is about as British as it gets. You can enjoy sirloin, skirt, rib-eye or T-bone, complimented by some special extras such as baked bone marrow or Cornish oyster fritters. 

    Specially for London Restaurant Festival, Gillray's Executive Chef Jamie Welch has challenged his team’s skills and talents in an inspirational competition.

    By picking names out of a hat, each chef came up with a dish to test their creativity and passion for food. Under Jamie’s guidance, they have created an impressive, mouth-watering menu sourced from local British produce. The winning dishes, chosen by guests will feature in the new a la carte menu.

    Visit here for more information

    Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
  • Sea Containers at Mondrian London

    Inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel and designed under the creative direction of visionary Tom Dixon, Sea Containers at Mondrian London brings the best of American and British cuisine to the South Bank, offering a modern yet casual dining experience in an informal setting alongside the River Thames. 

    Seasonal dishes include blistered Padrón peppers and roasted eggplant for starters, and Dry Aged Beef Striploin with Confit White Onion and Beef Jus, Hot - Smoked Salmon with Baby Plum, Pickled Tomato and Lemon & Oregano Puree or Rump of Organic Welsh Lamb for mains, with the likes of Chocolate Lava Cake, strawberry ice cream sandwiches and Honeycomb Pannacotta as dessert. The restaurant's stance is to champion farm-to-table dining and support local British suppliers with a constantly evolving and seasonally varied British/American menu – and we applaud them for it.

    For more information and to book, click here. 

    Sea Containers
  • House at National Theatre

    We feel it's our duty to shout out loud about House Restaurant, the National Theatre's in-house restaurant. Not everyone knows about it, or how good - and affordable (!) the food there is. 

    House serves a contemporary take on classic restaurant dishes in stylish surroundings, perfect for pre or post-show dining. Their mains are a tantalising mix of dishes such as bream fillet with fennel and tomatoes, rump cap on grilled sourdough or smoked bone marrow with pickled chillies. The restaurant also has an entire vegan menu, with delicious and inventive dishes such as vegan ravioli with cashew cheese and mushrooms. 

    Really throw caution to the wind and the diet out of the window by trying the chocolate mousse, hazelnut cake, chocolate & cherry ice cream, or vegan sticky toffee pudding. If you’re seeing a show, they even offer you the option to order your dessert to be served to your table during the interval – does it get much more dedicated than that?  

    For more information and to book, click here. 

    House Restaurant
  • Brasserie Joël

    The food and service at Brasserie Joël has been awarded 9/10 by renowned Times food critic Giles Coren. If you don’t trust his hallowed opinion, a quick glance at the menu will have you convinced. Dine en français, sampling dishes such as boeuf Bourguignon with buttered potato purée, or a baked Normandie camanbert. For dessert, there are French classics like apple tarte tatin.  You’ll think you’re in the centre of Paris, not the centre of London. Zut alors! We’re sold!

    Visit here for more information

    Brasserie Joël
  • Skylon

    Skylon is the bright and airy restaurant located within Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre and boasts fantastic views onto the river Thames. Helena Puolakka, originally from the south-west coast of Finland is the new Executive Chef and brings a Finnish and French twist to the modern British menu. 

    The restaurant offers both vegan and vegetarian menus, which are fresh, inventive and delicious, as well as a fantastic Sunday brunch with unlimited Prosecco. The main a la carte menu includes (fittingly for October) pumpkin tortellini, slow-cooked partridge with sauerkraut and cured Var salmon. For dessert, there's baked chocolate custard, marzipan with pickled apple or brioche with mandarin jam. A beautifully balanced menu full of options, each sounding as delicious as the next. 

    We recommend starting your meal right, with a glass of something nice at their central bar, often adorned with seasonally picked flowers. Touché!

    For more information and to book, click here. 

    Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie

    On the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie's spectacular 250-foot terrace offers breath-taking views of the city, which complement the finest modern British cuisine. 

    Throughout October, especially for London restaurant festival, OXO will be offering two brand new set menus in the Restaurant and Brasserie.


    OXO Tower Restaurant

    3 courses and a glass of Champagne for £39

    OXO Tower Brasserie

    3 courses and a glass of Prosecco for £33


    For more information and to book, click here. 


    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

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


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  • 2 - Sea Containers

    Mondrian at Sea Containers
    20 Upper Ground
    London, SE1 9PD

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  • 3 - House Restaurant

    National Theatre
    Upper Ground
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PX

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  • 4 - Brasserie Joël

    Brasserie Joël, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7UT

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  • 5 - Skylon Restaurant, Bar & Grill

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 6 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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