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What's Open in South Bank?

April 14th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

What's Open in South Bank?

April 12th saw South Bank businesses open their doors again after months of lockdown. Not sure who and where is open? We've put together this guide to give you a helping hand. For those wondering when South Bank's cultural and tourist attractions will be opening again, we've also compile a guide of future reopening dates.

  • Gabriel’s Wharf

    Gabriel’s Wharf is back to being the thriving hub of independent retailers, bars and restaurants we all know and love with some great outside dining options too. Treat yourself to some seriously good chicken plates at brand new riverfront restaurant Marsha or a proper pizza at Gourmet Pizza Kitchen. Limin’ Beach Club are also bringing the flavours and vibes of the Caribbean to Gabriel’s Wharf whilst boasting a largely vegan menu. Whilst Fitology, Hola Guacamole and the Big Melt Toastie Shack are all open for business too.

    Then there’s a whole enclave of independent retailers, including the Wharf’s newest addition the vintage sportwear shop Hartex. Check out the full range of businesses you can find on Coin Street’s dedicated website here.

  • Southbank Centre

    Southbank Centre's arts, cultural and performance venues may not be opening until June, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some delicious food in and around its iconic complex. 

    Giraffe, Wagamama, Strada, Las Iguanas, Honest Burgers and Wahaca have all reopened their doors and outside terraces for the return of outdoor dining and are breathing life back into their Southbank Centre home. With so many options to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice and can once again dine whilst basking in the foundations of one of South Bank’s most famous institutions.

    Southbank Centre’s famous street food market is also set to welcome back hungry visitors, but you’ll have to wait until the 28th April.

  • South Bank's Pubs

    We know that's what many of you are thinking, right? A refreshing pint of draught beer in the Spring sunshine. What could be better? Well we certainly wouldn't blame you for this being top of your priority list!

    Whilst South Bank may be thought of by many as a place to get cocktails rather than pints, there's plenty of great pubs too, including Doggett's Coat and Badge, overlooking the Thames next to Blackfriars Bridge. The Waterloo Tap within walking distance of the station and The Fountain and Ink, just a stones throw from Bernie Spain Gardens.

    And if it's craft beer your after, then look no further than The Understudy at The National Theatre which is back centre stage. Booking is strongly advised which can by emailing for table reservations.

    Keep your eyes peeled for the Mulberry Bush opening on 17 May as well as the craft ale bar at the Southbank Centre food market when it opens on 28 April.

  • South Bank Book Market

    Everyone's favourite book market has resumed trading. Pop along for a browse and see if you can pick up a second hand classic. Reminiscent of the book traders which line the banks of the Seine in Paris, you'll always find a healthy number of literature lovers leafing through the market's ten stalls in the shade of Waterloo Bridge.

    To get you in the mood for its return, we recently spoke with three generations of the same family that have worked at the market since its inception in 1982, you can read the article here.

  • BFI Riverfront

    You may not be able to catch a film at BFI Southbank just yet, but their outdoor terrace is up there with the best places to sit and watch the world go by on South Bank, especially as it lies opposite the Book Market under Waterloo Bridge. There's no booking required, you can simply turn up and enjoy a coffee, beer or a meal over a catch up with friends and family.

  • OXO Tower Restaurant

    Like many bars and restaurants, OXO Tower Restaurant reopened on 12 April, but with their rooftop terrace providing stunning views over the river situated on the top floor of Oxo Tower, there won't be many more scenic venues to celebrate the return of outdoor dining, that's for sure.

    OXO are now taking bookings from the 12 April onwards, with only limited spaces available on their terrace, make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Just think of that rooftop cocktail in the Spring sunshine!

  • South Bank Pop Up's

    Both Jimmy's BBQ Club and Applebee's Fish have brought their pop ups full of mouth watering treats back to the South Bank riverfront for the ultimate outdoor dining experience.  

    Under a foliage-filled pagoda overlooking the River Thames, you can sip on champagne, wine, craft beers or spritz on tap while enjoying a little slice of coastal heaven at Applbees, with iustainably sourced cod and chips and homemade tartare sauce, panko prawns with sriracha mayo, or the fan favourite: the chip butty. 

    Such is the popularity of Jimmy's BBQ Club, it's nearly sold out for outside bookings for the first month. However, if you've got BBQ FOMO, fear not, Jimmy's has also opened the longest bar along the river in London so you can grab a drink and some BBQ street food whenever you stop by.

    Plus keep your eyes peeled for KERB outside The National Theatre for more pop up foodie goodness and arrives on 15 April.

  • The Green Room

    Boasting a fantastic, large outside seating area, The Green Room, located behind the National Theatre will also be opening from 12 April. This alfresco dining spot serves delicious pizzas and cocktails, with a large open-air neighbourhood garden surrounded by aromatic homegrown herbs for their chefs and bartenders to work with. The menu will be guided by sustainability, making as much as possible in-house. The team behind the Green Room also opened Marsha on Gabriel's Wharf too, so expect great things.

  • Mamuśka!

    Serving up hearty, soothing Polish grub, Mamuśka! situated at one end of Leake Street Arches is open with an outdoor terrace. Perfectly situated if you fancy an afternoon taking in the longest street art graffiti tunnel in Europe. 

  • Skylon's Summer Terrace

    It's a riverside reunion for Skylon Restaurant and Bar as they have reopened their terrace for al fresco drinking and dining. Set within the Grade 1 listed Royal Festival Hall, Skylon have launched a brand new mouth watering menu too, including seafood platters and charcuteries boards. You can view Skylon's new menu in full here

    To book a table for their outdoor dining terrace, just click here.

    Skylon Restaurant & Bar

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  • 10 - Skylon Restaurant & Bar

    Royal Festival Hall
    Belvedere Road
    London SE1 8XX 

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