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

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“Fabulous view of the Thames through huge glass windows is so romantic after a stroll along the river” in the signature dining room at the Southbank Centre. Its cooking (mostly) avoided criticism this year, but even some fans acknowledge that while “the food’s fine, but it’s the setting that makes the place”. (See also Skylon Grill.)

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

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“Terrific views of the Thames”, particularly from the window tables, are the star feature of this striking and “spacious” chamber within the Southbank Centre, earning it nominations for both business and romance. “You shouldn’t just have to pay for the vista” though, so it’s a shame about the “boring food, mediocre service and sky high prices”. See also Skylon Grill.

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

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“The bar is good and the views of the Thames unparalleled” at this vast but “anodyne” cultural-centre dining room. That’s the end of the good news: “the food is nothing to write home about”, “service is inconsistent” and bills can be “shocking”. (“I felt extremely bad for my companions, who were visiting London and really deserved better.”) See also Skylon Grill.

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

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Have you eaten at Skylon, South Bank Centre?

Owner's description

Skylon is situated on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre and offers stunning views from huge floor-to-ceiling windows.


The main restaurant features modern British cuisine from Executive Chef Kim Woodward, while the grill offers more informal cooking and a relaxed atmosphere. The two dining areas are separated by a stunning centerpiece bar, which is renowned across London for its fabulous cocktails.


Skylon takes its name from the original iconic structure that was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain. The restaurant’s design echoes the style of the Royal Festival Hall during the same period, with unique contemporary touches.


 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £20.00 £25.00
Pretheatre £25.00 £30.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.00 £24.00 £5.00 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu, Portions
33
No trainers
110
Yes

Private dining

Located within the iconic Royal Festival Hall, Skylon, offers a spectacular panorama of London’s skyline with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the River Thames. Skylon is divided into three distinct areas – restaurant, bar and grill – with bespoke, bronze-coloured chandeliers that punctuate the space.


We have various spaces, which can accommodate large and small parties, from intimate private dinners of up to 60 guests to large group bookings of up to 150 people. Alternatively, you can exclusively hire the whole venue, which can host up to 500 guests for standing or up to 300 guests for seated events.


Furthermore, Skylon can provide catering in other private spaces around the Southbank Centre and also has a destination bar, which is legendary for its inventive cocktails.


For any group, private dining, exclusive hires or wedding reception enquiries please contact our Events Team on 020 7654 7804 or via email: skylonevents@danddlondon.com

Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-1 am
Tuesday12 pm-1 am
Wednesday12 pm-1 am
Thursday12 pm-1 am
Friday12 pm-1 am
Saturday11:30 am-1 am
Sunday12 pm-10:30 pm

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