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South Bank Restaurant Guide

December 3rd, 2019 | by Ella Stern

South Bank Restaurant Guide

We've highlighted the top South Bank restaurants where you can truly indulge your taste buds.... and your waistband! 


  • 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
  • Art Yard at Bankside

    Art Yard is a new all-day dining restaurant and bar from restaurant consultants Montana Fogg. The kitchen is led by Head Chef Lee Streeton, formerly of 45 Jermyn Street, Browns Hotel and Caprice Holdings. 

    Lee has developed a menu that will celebrate the abundance of British produce through the seasons, whilst also drawing inspiration from European cuisines and cultures. Signature dishes include ‘Chargrilled Cuttlefish with Black Rice and Chorizo’, ‘Baked Bone Marrow with Curry Sauce’ and a ‘Cataplana of Monkfish, Shellfish, Saffron and Potato’ designed for two to share and cooked in the restaurant’s distinct wood-fire oven.

    An enticing cocktail and drinks menu centred around reflection and rejuvenation explores the people, places and produce from the Bankside tapestry, offering drinks for every time of day. 

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  • Spiritland

    Spiritland Royal Festival Hall is a 180-cover restaurant – an early morning to late night celebration of food, drink and music – on the ground floor of Royal Festival Hall.

    From an open kitchen with imposing grill, the restaurant offers a bold, international menu of sharing plates and unapologetic twists on classic favourites, complemented by a 110-strong wine list and oyster bar. Alternatively, just drop in for just a casual pre-show cocktail and bite to start your evening. The restaurant nods to the performing arts with a theatrical interior intended to comfort diners well into the small hours. Bespoke velvet curtains, marble bar and rounded booths upholstered in leather all enhance the world-class offering of food, drink and music across genres on the unique Spiritland sound system. With a 2am licence, guest DJs play the cream of their collections from Thursday through Saturday nights.

    Whether you're after early morning coffee, casual lunch, pre/post show dinner or late-night lounging, you'll find the warmest of welcomes at Spiritland Royal Festival Hall.





  • Sea Containers London

    Inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel and designed under the creative direction of visionary Tom Dixon, Sea Containers 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 Restaurant
  • 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
  • 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 - Bankside

    Bankside Hotel 2 Blackfriars Rd London UK SE1 9JU 

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  • 3 - Spiritland

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

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  • 4 - Sea Containers Restaurant

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

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  • 5 - House Restaurant

    National Theatre
    Upper Ground
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PX

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  • 6 - Brasserie Joël

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

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  • 7 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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  • 8 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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