Where to eat along Southbank

Tourists and Londoners alike flock to Southbank to admire the iconic landmarks the great city has to offer. Stroll along the banks of the River Thames as you take in the view of Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Southbank is home to London’s cultural district and this vibrant area is filled with historic pubs and fantastic restaurants. There are a multitude of great places to eat in Southbank so we’ve made a short list to make choosing where to eat along Southbank easier.

Oxo Tower

Dine with a view in the stunning dining room of this Southbank restaurant. Located on the eighth floor of the iconic tower means that you can sit for a relaxed lunch with friends and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the London skyline. The restaurant boasts three areas, restaurant, bar, brasserie whether it’s a pre-theatre dinner, a cocktail or five to unwind after work or a romantic dinner on the terrace, there’s a venue for every occasion. The Southbank restaurant serves excellent British dishes crafted with seasonal British produce to create a modern and dynamic menu. Savour the taste of some Dorset Crab or Hand-dived Scallops or get a taste of it all on their 6 course tasting menu or sample from the vegetarian/vegan selections. With over 800 wines to choose from you are sure to find a spectacular wine to accompany any dish, maybe an Italian Chianti or French Bordeaux or anything alcoholic if it’s been a long week.

Skylon Grill

Admire one of the best views in London through floor-to-ceiling windows as you take a seat the Skylon Grill, located on the 3rd floor of the Royal Festival Hall in SouthBank Centre. Skylon is named after the original iconic structure built for the 1951 Festival of Britain and the interior reverberates this with contemporary touches creating a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere for diners. This restaurant consists of two dining areas: the first boasts modern British cuisine with a regularly changing menu featuring Chateaubriand and delicious Truffle Pomme Puree.The second, The Grill, offers a more casual setting with menu favourite such as Fish and Chips and Bream Fillet. The Restaurant and The Grill are separated by a the cocktail bar with a renowned reputation for its impressive cocktails. A fantastic place to eat along Southbank with a view.

Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar

A superb British dining experience can be found in this restaurant, situated in the London Marriott Hotel County Hall where you can dine with magnificent views of the London Eye, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. Choose from 11 cutes of 35-day aged Aberdeen Angus beef from Fillets an T-bones to the spectacular bull’s head, a butterfly double-rib steak. All steaks comes with a variety of sides and sauces including triple cooked chips, black pudding and classic béarnaise or peppercorn. The restaurant is named after 18th century caricaturist and you can find some of his original cartoons in this Southbank restaurant. You won’t find a better selection of gins anywhere else near Southbank than in Gillray’s with their selection of over 100 gins. Remember it’s always Gin O’clock somewhere in the world but you can get your G&T for only a fiver every Mon-Fri 6-7pm at Gillray’s. One of the best restaurants along Southbank.

Ping Pong

Ping Pong is a stylish oriental Southbank restaurant just a short walk from the Tate Modern and Waterloo Station, serving delightful Dim sum, Cocktails and Tea. The restaurant is spaced over two floors, featuring the floating Lotus Lounge, a cocktail bar and a covered outside terrace. Delve into an extensive selection of dumplings, baos, buns and noodle or rice dishes but make sure you leave plenty of room for dessert to try their scrumptious Ginger Cake or Mochi balls. Enjoy some late night snacks every Friday and Saturday as Ping Pong is open till 2am and has selected drinks for £5 from 11pm. Make sure to book in advance in order not to miss out on their chilli prawn bao and golden dumplings.

Honest Burgers

Simple. Classic. Tasty. Honest Burgers is a UK restaurant chain with 23 restaurants in London. With delicious burgers and great prices to match it’s one of the best places to eat along Southbank. Their burgers are filled with juicy, grass-fed british beef patties made in their own butchery and are complemented by homemade rosemary salted chips to die for that are freshly cut and cooked every day. Each restaurant maintains it’s charm by serving at least one local beer from a nearby brewery each night although if beer isn’t your style then try their refreshing mint lemonade for only £3.


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