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£80
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“With spectacular views of London over the Thames, this is the place to bring out-of-towners”, say fans of this huge, Brutalist chamber, built in the 1950s as the South Bank’s original destination restaurant (when it was known as ‘The People’s Palace’). Supporters – particularly those on business – say the food is “perhaps a little formulaic, but reliably good too”. This is not a universal experience, though, and too often this D&D group venue suffers from “complacent service” and “below-average cooking”. (Some reports do also tip it as “a very nice spot to eat before a concert”. But others have had a bad pre-show trip… “what we ordered never arrived in time”).

Summary

£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Great views over the Thames” and a vast interior (it was built as ‘The People’s Palace’ – the destination restaurant originally at the heart of the Brutalist South Bank arts centre), make this D&D London operation “good for both business and social” dining. The cuisine has often seemed like an afterthought here, but was mostly well-rated this year.

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£78
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

An airy, light-filled space, with vast picture windows overlooking the Thames – this large dining room (once known as The People’s Palace) showcases the 1950s Brutalist architecture of the South Bank arts centre at its best, and that inherent appeal keeps business ticking over at this D&D London venue. Too many reporters, however, say the food is merely “decent” or “not too bad”, which makes the whole enterprise feel like a “missed opportunity”.

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£73
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still one of the best views in London” – this vast chamber was built, back in this South Bank arts centre’s, 1950s, Festival-of-Britain prime, as ‘The People’s Palace’ and it remains “a great-looking venue with an enviable location overlooking the Thames” through gigantic picture windows. All reporters would agree that it’s a “brilliant spot for watching the world and river go by, and the cocktails are great”, but too many find the cooking either “expensive” or “disappointing”, or both. Top Tip – “worth visiting for the ‘Saxy Saturday Brunch’ featuring a nice but limited set menu but also bottomless Prosecco which helps draw in a crowd”.

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Skylon, South Bank Centre Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Skylon, South Bank Centre Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Skylon, South Bank Centre restaurant.
Tim J
Based on this lunchtime visit I've been sur...
Reviewed 3 months, 21 days ago

"Based on this lunchtime visit I've been surprised at how badly rated Skylon seems to be - though admittedly I wasn't paying, and the lunch / theatre offers make a big difference. For me it's a friendly menu with quite a lot of attractive options and good enough to be a useful spot to know. I also love the space - though on my visit it was bizarrely dominated by having John Bercow bellowing at the next table. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £30.00 £35.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£15.00 £31.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £36.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £2.50
Service 13.00%
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑5 pm

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