It’s always nice to be told that the sky’s the limit…

Unless you’re an aspiring astronaut.

But if you’re hoping to get a little closer to the clouds, this South Bank restaurant isn’t a bad place to start.

Inspired by the iconic structure that was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain, Skylon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the crowds below as it perches above the main terrace of the Royal Festival Hall (you’re practically being cultured just by being there).


With floor to ceiling windows running along the forefront of the space, come rain or shine it’s bright and crisp, and serves as a welcoming environment to enjoy modern British cuisine at its finest. Not only is Skylon a ‘white tablecloth’ kind of place with Carlingford rock oysters and hand dived scallops setting the tone for refinement, it’s also home to good old fashioned, hearty dishes like Welsh lamb rack Shepherd’s Pie (to share) and the Skylon beef burger, served with Churchill sauce, pickle and chips. So you can make of your meal what you will.


If the view and chilled avocado soup isn’t enough to tempt you, the centrepiece bar (garnished with the mother of all chandeliers) provides quite a tour for the tastebuds. The cocktail menu can be navigated by handy keywords like ‘ADVENTUROUS, AROMATIC [and] DECADENT’ to make sure you’re ready for what’s coming in your glass…and once you catch sight of them, you’ll understand why. There’s a page of martinis, a chocolate negroni, and specials like the Queen Bee – with Champagne, gin, Pimm’s and honey paint.

With a restaurant like this, the sky really is the limit…

…you just might have to save the whole native lobster dish for a payday weekend.


NOTE: Skylon is open Mon-Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10.30am-11pm and Sun 11.30am-10.30pm. You can find out more, and book a table, HERE.

Skylon | Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

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Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
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