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The Best Restaurants On And Near The South Bank

The Best Restaurants On And Near The South Bank

The Best South Bank Restaurants

Last Updated: 17th June 2019

You’re just out of a film at the BFI; or you’re waiting on a show at the National Theatre; perhaps you’ve taken our advice and walked The Queen’s Walk. Whichever it it is, you’re hungry, and you want somewhere to eat. Somewhere good…

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Sea Containers | ££££

South Bank Restaurants Sea Containers

You’ll find it on the bottom floor of what was once the ultra glitzy boutique hotel The Mondrian, and is now the ultra glitzy boutique hotel….Sea Containers (yes, the hotel changed hands and now shares its name with the resto). With interiors by British designer Tom Dixon OBE, the whole hotel hints at a 1920s transatlantic cruise liner, which, for the restaurant, means a huge central silver bar, a yellow submarine, and tables with a mix of mustard and burgundy leather seating. The menu offers a little of everything: Spanish, Italian, South American, plus a touch of USA – which means you might start with seabass ceviche tacos, before tackling a plate of BBQ spare ribs. For drinks they have a pretty lengthy wine list, again, with grapes from all over the world. Otherwise there are cocktails, as well as 18 different tequilas, which are always worth a shot – plus the award-winning Lyaness bar is across the hall. READ MORE

Address: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD | Open daily

Hello Darling | £££

South Bank Restaurants Hello Darling

It’s a whimsical foodie wonderland, designed by theatrical set designers Darling And Edge. The food comes courtesy of  Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman, dishing up everything from crispy halloumi with slow roast tomato ragu and slow braised lamb with haricot beans, rainbow chard, and almond pesto; to tonka bean chocolate melting cake with salted caramel for dessert. They also offer a flavourful menu of botanical cocktails, like the Fig and Mint Collins with gin, fig liquor, mint, lemon, and soda; or the Rosemary and Apricot Caipirinha with Cachaca, apricot liqueur, agave nectar, rosemary, and lime. Or both, if you can squeeze them in… READ MORE

Address: 131 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UR | Open Monday – Saturday

Florentine | £££

South Bank Restaurants Florentine

Next on the roll call of great South Bank restaurants is this swish all-day eatery, serving brasserie-style plates alongside craft beers, cocktails, and wine. Their signature dish is a four-person English breakfast complete with fried or scrambled Ostrich Egg (yes you heard that right). Otherwise there’s lots of not-so-ostrich eggs – scrambled; poached; fried; you name it – as well as flatbreads topped with all sorts of vegetables, meats and cheeses; plus some pretty weighty steaks. They also do a Sunday roast – both beef or chicken – piled high with all the trimmings. READ MORE

Address: 6 Hercules Road, SE1 7DU | Open daily

The Garden Cafe | £££

South Bank Restaurants The Garden Cafe

Everything in the garden is lovely, and it’s no different in The Garden Cafe. Part of the newly refurbished Garden Museum, it’s a bright, light woods, clean lines kind of place, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors over-looking leaves ‘n’ trees aplenty. The kitchen is headed up by chefs Harry Kaufman (Lyle’sSt. John) and George Ryle (Padella, Primeur) who have decided to focus on seasonal cooking – including lamb saddle with  braised broad beans, pancetta and gem lettuce; and aubergines with tomatoes and fregola – which they serve alongside a short menu of natural and organically-steered wines. READ MORE

Address: 5 Lambeth Palace Road,  SE1 7LB | Open daily till 5pm, plus dinner Tues-Sat, 6-10pm

Skylon | ££££

Skylon Southbank Restaurants

Brought to you by D&D, the restaurant group behind Michelin-starred Aster, Chelsea’s Bluebird, and more, it’s a brunch-to-dinner, Modern British affair, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and views overlooking the river. You’ll find it on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall, where you can tuck into everything from 18-hour gin-cured salmon, to beef wellington with spinach, crispy pancetta, and madeira sauce; washed down with a martini perhaps (they have a selection of six on offer), or a large glass of wine. READ MORE

Address: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX | Open daily


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