Skylon
Skylon

Skylon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02076547800
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm, 5.30pm - 10:30pm


    Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Adam Gray
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Nearest Underground station: Waterloo.
  • Parking: No
A word from Skylon
Skylon Restaurant in London’s landmark Royal Festival Hall is a hot destination eatery. Inspired by the emblematic sculpture of the 1951 Festival of Britain, Skylon is a stylish restaurant on a grand scale, with formal dining room, smart casual grill and centerpiece bar, each a blend of 1950’s-inspired chic and modern design, all with sweeping Thames panoramas through floor-to-ceiling windows. Executive Chef, Adam Gray describes his food as modern British – simple, honest and with a sometimes unusual twist on classic dishes. Skylon is an exciting restaurant for events at the Royal Festival Hall – its bubbling, vivacious ambience sets the tone for pre- or post-event dining. The sommeliers are renowned for the excellence of their knowledge and the charm and ease with which they guide you to great quaffing decisions. Skylon is the metropolitan experience as it should be: refined cuisine, intriguing wines, high culture and heart-lifting views.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerModern European
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Skylon reviews from OpenTable diners
757 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.4
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (434)pre/post theatre (355)romance (256)business meals (227)fit for foodies (220)sunday lunch (116)group bookings (76)brunch (52)outstanding value (44)afternoon tea (38)good vegetarian options (38)disabled access (18)child friendly (15)outdoor eating (6)Show More
  • Good food, a little rushed service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    Great for pre-theatre. We had lovely food but felt rushed and we weren't actually going to the theatre. Friendly staff. View not as good as we thought it would be.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Value and quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    We are members of the Southbank and have only just discovered Skylon. We ate there with friends for Sunday lunch it was great. A lovely environment, excellent service and really tasty food. We will book again in a couple of weeks with some other friends now we know how good it is!
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • 17impasse
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    This is a restaurant for special occasions and it delivers on all fronts.It is friendly and efficient with outstanding service. We had a traditional Sunday lunch which I suppose does not stretch a professional kitchen but nevertheless it was faultless,and the price for central London was reasonable. A comprehensive wine list but as with all restaurants of this calibre,watch the prices!
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu disappoints
    Andrew
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Was not impressed with the tasting menu at all. The soup at the very beginning was the best bit and went downhill from then onto the rest of the courses. Wine pairings were nice though on the dearer side. Would probably go to other similarly priced restaurants nearby instead.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • London Restaurant Offer
    DMagicO
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Took Mrs O to Skylon to benefit from London Restaurant Offer (£25 / 2 courses incl glass of Laurent Perrier). Warm welcome and generally extremely good service, other than the wine menu being left with us throughout our entree. Both had starter of mackerel, which was superb. Mrs O's grey mullet in red wine sauce was well-presented and she said tasted excellent. My pork saddleback was tender, sauce was lovely. Slightly miserly on vegetables I have to say. Washed down main course with a glass of '11 Cotes du Rhone, which was solid, rich and a good accompaniment for both main courses.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Convenient and welcoming
    Samrez
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Good food, simple post theatre menu, OK wine list, attentive but slow service
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing.
    Lala
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Too loud - acoustic needs work Duck tasted like liver, Grouse had a simliar livery taste and texture. I did not want to spoil the occasion by complaining, but I expected better. Smoked haddock starter was watery and not particularly tasty. Peanut dessert was like something you'd get from Iceland (the supermarket not the country). Waiter unaware that you serve the most senior female first, not the youngest prettiest one!. Amuse bouche was very good though - a hot consomme served in an espresso cup. Also the fruit salad was good. All in all considering that I'd chosen this place to eat with my brother who lives in Boston and who I had not seen for a while - very disappointing, and I felt embarrassed.
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  • Grumpy
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Food quite good, but service not well geared to pre-performance timings.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Really good night!
    niceplaceseeker
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    I had a dinner for two for a special occasion, and everything was perfect. We got a table beside the window, as requested, and the service was really good. Food and wine were at the same level, and the enviroment was even better.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Pleasant evening!
    Diner
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyable evening with very good food, wine and excellent service. Well with a visit.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Birthday Dinner
    rollie
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    I took guests from out of town here for a birthday celebration, and they absolutely loved it. The food was amazing, and the service was impeccable. I will definitely take more guests here in the future
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Elegant and stylish
    Ninis
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We really enjoyed our evening at Skylon. The surroundings and interior were elegant and stylish with sophisticated lounge/house music in the background. The food, wine and cocktails were absolutely amazing! We would definitely come back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss the puds
    Issy
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    On a pre-theatre dinner it's easy to miss out on the dessert course, but make time for them, they are worth it!
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Brilliant all round!
    Mimilondon
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    The cocktails and food were amazing and the staff attentive - can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elc73
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I thought I'd booked the pre-theatre menu so got a bit of a shock when sat down to realise the menu option was a set 2 course, fairly pricey option. Having said that the service was attentive, and the view was beautiful (window table as requested at time of booking). Just check that you click on the offer when making a booking if that's what you're hoping for!! My mistake but a costly one.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    Jess
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I went Skylon with my best friends to celebrate her birthday and we got the table which has an outstanding Thames River view. The service and the quality of food is unquestionable. We had pre-theatre menu for pumpkin soup and grey mullet, there were so good. Cocktails are also recommended! Definitely going for another time!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the views...
    Internationaljs
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We had tickets to a 730 show at the Old Vic, so arrived for dinner at 6pm. The Pre-Theatre menu is limited, but lovely and suited our "mature" group with style and familiarity. It was a light meal though, but the setting (for out of London visitors) was great. We had a lovely table by the window overlooking the Thames, and the service was pleasant and prompt. We paid just over £100 for a 2 course menu for three with wine - so not a regular table for us, but location wise we would definitely bring visitors back!
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice decor, good food
    nlc299
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Went here with husband and friend for a late supper. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and was full at 9.30pm which was enjoyable. We ate from the special offer menu (2 courses for £28). I had the starter of chicken terrine - which was ok, a little small. The others had pumpkin soup which was lovely. For mains - I would recommend the red mullet. The portions are on the small side, but there is complimentary bread. Service outstanding. Expect to pay just over £40 per head with a bottle of wine.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Brilliant food
    ClaireS
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    I was a little hesitant when I booked Skylon due to a lot of negative reviews. I made my reveservation via email for my boyfriend's birthday and requested if we could have a window seat as it was a special occasion. When we arrived the members of staff were very efficient and quickly seated us on a table over looking the Thames. The waiters were very friendly and attentive and brought us wine and bread. The food was wonderful, although the the portions were small, they were extremely filling - we couldn't manage dessert! Before the bill was brought over to us one of the waiters came over with a plate of truffles and a candle with 'happy birthday' written in chocolate sauce on the plate!! It was a wonderful touch, we were so impressed.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding
    Popkiz
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Had lunch here for my mothers 70th birthday. Food was fantastic, service was excellent, enjoyed every moment of it, thank you. I would definitely recommend Skylon.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely environment
    cullenskink
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Great setting for this restaurant. Not such great value for the food we had. Wine list was great.
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    special occasions
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  • A wonderful occasion
    BJdiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Skylon from beginning to end. They were able to grant our request for a window overlooking the river and from the start the service was impeccable. The food was also great: interesting and surprising without being overly adventurous, beautifully presented and an elegant menu without pretentiousness. It a lovely atmosphere and although it is large space bid not feel impersonal or noisy. I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faltless
    TopNotch
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Wonderful location, staff very attentive staff food absolutely wonderful, the flavours and presentation just perfect. Wine list endless, but a passionate wine waiter helped us to make a choice and didn't suggest the most expensive on the list. We went for a birthday celebration and must have been heard by the pre dinner waitress when we clinked glasses and said happy birthday and after our meal were presented with a plate of home made chocs with a candle, how thoughtful and very diligent of the staff.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Hughes
    Diner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    As soon as you walk in you are made to feel welcome. The staff, service and food were all excellent!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Good food good time
    alexd
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a lovely time here, the staff were pleasant though I think they were disappointed in our lack of drinking alcohol but due to a pregnancy and a non-drinker, our group were generally fine with the soft drinks - but their virgin cocktails were fabulous! Food was lovely and a great choice on the fixed price menu. Much more than we were expecting so would definitely come again to try more.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Great location and service
    Middlewhisp
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Good food, Really good service, Great location. Great ambience
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    business meals, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Amazing food and service,bit pricey
    thebone87
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our one year anniversary which I had stated when I booked. The ambience and the food were great, service was amazing as our waiter was very attentive and chatty and gave us his suggestions on meals. They also brought out a bonus pudding in aid of anniversary. The only thing would be the price which was a little over what I expected, otherwise amazing place.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Great setting underwhelming service
    TheSmalls
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Really great if expensive food. Waiters, however, not attentive enough and lacked some knowledge of the menu. Disappointing for a more expensive restaurant.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Outoftown
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    My wife and I had a pre-theatre dinner at Skylon and were impressed. The service was excellent, if a little obsequious but the attention to detail was very good. Food was elegant and very tasteful although a little lacking in quantity. The evening sunset over the Thames through the huge windows gives Skylon a great ambience and the atmosphere was nice and buzzy.
    Special Features:
    brunch, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Pleasant lunch
    Sarah
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    On a summy autumn day, the usual fantastic views and great service made this a good choice for a special lunch with an old friend. The set lunch offer is good value with beautifully presented food - highlight was the poached pear dessert, pork main was ok but not up to expectations given the usual high standards of skylon.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Brilliant river view
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The restaurant has a wonderful setting overlooking the river and is great if you are going to a show at the royal festival hall or if you are on the South Bank. It has a swanky bar in the middle on the dining room and is a good meeting place or somewhere to go for last drinks before catching the train at Waterloo. The table thought that their staters, kedgeree and grouse were good, mains were duck breast which was excellent and halibut was good but the portion was small. Desserts were disappointing.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Great venue and food but pricey
    bluevcone
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Lovely views if of the river - so ask for a river table when you book. Food delicious and service excellent. Venue inclined to be noisy. Prices pretty high.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Service
    concertgoer
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    As a single diner one is accustomed to a lonely table near the door. On every occasion that I have dined at Skylon - before concerts in the Royal Festival Hall so always early in the evening - I have been given a table in the window overlooking the Thames and this add significantly to the enjoyment of the evening. Well done!
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Splendid food and service
    GeorginaW77
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    I booked a pre-theatre deal for a dinner with colleagues. Service was fantastic and completely accommodating for my specific food requirements and changes required to the dishes. The restaurant is in a great location with fabulous views over the Thames. I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion both for its amazing food and ambience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-recital dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    We had a very good dinner before going to a recital at the RFH. Our table by the window gave us a lovely view of the river. The food was an interesting combination of flavours and cooked to perfection, and service was attentive and prompt. We will visit Skylon again, especially before a concert at the RFH - so handy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunday lunch
    dess
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    Great starter , desert and coffee with sweets. let down by indifferent welcome at reception and poor value main course. A carvery would have given a better main.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner1
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Went for my fiance's birthday. The service was good and the atmosphere was lively. Food was of a good standard, and whilst not exceptional overall felt like it was ok value for money (you could certainly pay a lot more in the West End for very similar fare).
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect way to mark a milestone!
    Son45
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Excellent service and a treat for the taste buds. I wanted my 45th to be special and I wanted a new dining experience. The staff couldn't do enough, and were great with the wine selection. I had the scallops and seabass, which were divine! Will definitely return to try the other delicious choices.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skylon - Sept 2014
    FussyJo
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely evening in Skylon. We booked our table via Top Table and had a couple of special requests. The day of our visit Skylon contacted us to make us aware that one of our requests could not be met, which was not a problem and good of them to let us know prior to us arriving. We arrived early so that we could have a drink at the bar and take in the ambience. We were taken to our table when it was ready and had a lovely view and great food. A really enjoyable experience.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • A very Special Place
    Charliotte
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    There is not a lot more beautiful than the lights coming on over London, and to watch that, from across the river, whilst eating lovely food is amazing. I took a friend who has never been before and she was thrilled with the style of the restaurant and the view. The food was just lovely, and the service impeccable, as it always is. Skylon has to be one of my favourite place to eat in London, and it never fails to exceed expectations. The staff are friendly and relaxed whilst being caring and efficient. the wine sommeliers really know their stuff, and always match wine and food with elegance.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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