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Skylon

3.8
3.8
1995 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Skylon is set in the middle of the vibrant South Bank with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the Thames. With a seasonal British menu offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the restaurant provides the perfect setting for any occasion.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, Vegetarian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–19:00

  • Phone number

    020 7654 7800

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    River View is perfect for corporate events, special occasions and drinks parties and can accommodate up to 50 guests for seated events or up to 60 guests for standing receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Freya Parsons: 020 3887 5744

  • Area

    Waterloo

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Nearest Underground: Waterloo.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Skylon Set Menu | Two/Three Courses £30/£35

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy two courses for £30 or three courses for £35 from our Set Menu. Available Monday to Friday for lunch and Monday to Saturday for dinner.
  • Evening Standard Set Menu

    2 Aug - 11 Sept 2022
    Join us this Summer for our set menus in partnership with Evening Standard and enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner with a glass of wine for as little as £35 per person. Offer available from 1 August until 11 September 2022.

What 1,995 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • South West London

    Pre/post theatre

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  1. s

    shelley

    London

    118 reviews

    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lunches at Skylon are my favourite. It’s quiet enough to talk to one’s companion and the view is great. The food was excellent and the service charming.
  2. ME

    MondEats

    London

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Hadn't been here since Covid and was worried given the general decline restaurant experiences as staffing has become a major issue. Absolutely delighted that Skylon delivered on all counts. The food was great - my beef tartare was on the money, and the poussin was perfectly seasoned and moist. I'm not a desserts guy, but I ordered the ganache and was very happy indeed. Limited wine list, but something for everyone (the Malbec was robust but charming). The service was friendly - even a little cheeky, but in a good way. And the price was more than fair. Happily go again. (Shame the dirty martini from the bar beforehand was a little watery. But you can't have everything!)
  3. k

    karenh

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely location and a table by the window which would have given an outstanding view had the blinds been opened. Staff, food and service was however faultless
  4. L

    Liam

    London

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food good on set menu but you need to have side dishes to not be hungry. Most staff great but one was off the whole night. Don’t know what was going on and he wasn’t the main waiter but was really rude at one point and insisted the wine glasses be removed from the table when we were going to Order wine! Rest of the staff were amazing though!
  5. RB

    RBRocks

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Everything about our evening was great. From the food, ambience, service with a lovely view of the Thames
  6. AW

    AlanaWoking

    London

    248 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    248 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food wonderful location and aspect, service getting there now and full marks to our waiter, love the ambience and the view is the icing on the cake.
  7. EB

    EBN1

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Service was on point We were seated in front of the the window giving us an excellent view of the Thames The food was very good The location was perfect especially as we were attending a concert at the Royal Festival Hall
  8. JB

    JoanneB

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    As usual The Skylon always delivers, however on this occasion they did not have my dessert. The Sunday lunch menu was fabulous.
  9. s

    skaffen

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Chaotic service. Average food. Very expensive for what it is. Trading entirely on its location and 'posh vibe'. They tried to charge us for 3 mains when we'd only ordered two. A single glass of average white wine was £16. Some friends who dined there earlier that evening also have dishes they hadn't ordered added to their bill. So either they are running a racket or are extremely careless neither of those a great! Make sure you check your bill.
  10. S

    S1274

    London

    203 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    203 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice to be back - lovely venue and service. Good food and ambiance
  11. L

    Lovefood

    London

    91 reviews

    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was all delicious and the set menu was great value for money. We wondered if the waitress who seated us was going to smile? We got a couple out of her towards the end of lunch. Otherwise the service was very good. It got a bit chilly towards the end of our meal as the weather turned. The staff uniforms look a bit tired and in need of replacing. Overall a lovely lunch.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place with great views and incredible ambiance. We went on the 24th June after me and my partner got engaged and it was the best experience ever. Our server Jess who only was on her second shift was lovely, amazing, kind and was confident with everything, she made it much better. As well as Stephen who was very attentive throughout the whole night and gave us our bags and coats with no delays. 10/10 would go again.
  13. AW

    AlanaWoking

    London

    248 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    248 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As ever great food the place was buzzing as usual and service was very good: attentive, pleasant and prompt. (Sometimes times it can be slow and hard to get attention) Will return and return -as it is a favourite being reasonable, in a superbly convenient location with exceptional views and atmosphere.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great venue, great food, excellent service
  15. J

    Josh

    Yorkshire

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food. Good for brunch can recommend.
  16. CH

    CarolineH

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    We were very happy with the food, service and ambience until 1pm when we were suddenly assaulted with extremely loud music from a live dj on a lower floor. This made conversation impossible and turned a previously enjoyable lunch into an unpleasant experience.
  17. s

    shelley

    London

    118 reviews

    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love lunch at Skylon. It’s quiet enough to have a conversation but never without atmosphere and the view is great. The food is always excellent. Great choices and veggie options. Wine choice good. And all at reasonable prices. Service attentive but not intrusive.
  18. RJ

    RichardJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter could not have been more attentive; the food delighted us all.
  19. p

    peterb

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and dining experience at Skylon. The service was excellent and the staff were kind to accommodate our requests. The food was excellent and the whole dining experience made for a wonderful evening with friends .
  20. C

    Chris

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice cocktails, upper-class enviroment, excellent location.
  21. SC

    SpamandChips

    London

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We arrived and was shown to the table. I was placed almost on top of the back of the lady next to me. This was uncomfortable for myself to relax as she was clearly affected. Lots of trainee staff. Told the pudding was something (pear and plum) turned out as rhubarb and strawberry. Felt that the glasses were not crystal clean. With the main venue such the toilet access was restricted and not really up to standard.
  22. LW

    LouiseW

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Slow service, lights were off and it was dark when we arrived because the blinds were down. Mains took 30 mins so we missed the start of our show. Service was friendly but slow. Food was lovely.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service. Particularly appreciated care taken over my dietary restrictions.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pleasant - busy but attentive staff
  25. NH

    NikiH

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    It’s a real shame - Skylon has always had a great reputation and we were looking forward to the visit. Unfortunately it definitely didn’t meet expectations. We arrived early and asked if we could have a drink at the bar, to be told it was busy and our table was ready. The bar had empty seats - so when passing the waiter said we could actually have a quick drink there. We were shown to our table bang on time. Then the efficient service disappeared. We had to ask a fair few times for the menu and wine list … trying to get the attention of any of the waiting team was difficult. We finally got a food menu and had to ask again several times for a wine list. We then had to ask if we could order food - first waitress said she would come back to take our order and forgot. So we asked again. And then we had to ask if we could order drinks. It became a bit funny as other diners were having the same experience and we all started chatting and joking about it. But to be clear the place wasn’t understaffed - the place was buoyant with waiting staff! The food was ok. Luke warm and tasty. But I’d say very mediocre (nothing to write home about and doesn’t warrant any other comment) for the high price. There’s much better places to go for higher quality food and better service. Will be giving this place a miss in future - such a shame as great location!
  26. LB

    LindseyB

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Set menu good value but wine ridiculously expensive! Ruined evening!
  27. FW

    FionaW

    Kent

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre theatre early dinner we had the set menu was absolutely great! it
  28. MZ

    MartinZ

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great service and delightful staff. Good buzz in the place. However, the food is just never that exciting. Had tuna ponzu. It was fine but not THAT interesting. Friend had very good Jerusalem artichoke soup. My main of artichoke tortellini was a bit heavy on the pasta front and lacking flavour in the artichoke department. Friend’s fish was swimming in sauce. Nice but again a bit fine not exciting. I want to come back but…
  29. J

    Janine

    Kent

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We arrived early and had time for cocktails before dining. We were not pestered about getting to the table on time, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. Excellent smoked salmon and fresh asparagus started the meal which we followed with a delicious risotto, pasta or duck. The desserts were equally great, cheesecake or a chocolate confection. Really delicious, a relaxed meal accompanied by good wine
  30. M

    Marlowe

    London

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely setting, friendly and efficient staff. One or two dishes could have been prepared a little better
  31. HG

    HughG

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    Poor service as waited very long for main course. In the end had to leave without as needed to get back to hall for second half of St Mathews Passion. Compensation given by free completed starter course. Kitchen blamed.
  32. s

    shelley

    London

    118 reviews

    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great lunch venue. Quiet enough for conversation but a good atmosphere. Great views. Attentive service and delicious food.
  33. l

    lamiller

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I love the venue & the food is great, service can be a bit patchy.
  34. H

    Hpsauce

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service with a view
  35. NS

    NoelleS

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful gem of a restaurant with the beat riverside view
  36. j

    jmbb

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food usually excellent but not on this occasion- all pre-cooked. Very disappointed.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent service
  38. S

    Stephan

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely view with Lovely service. Very good for a special eve or as a treat
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Really great service!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    For £35 for a steak you wouldn’t expect it to be so tough it was basically inedible. Both of us had it, same situation for both of us. Told the waiter but no action was taken to resolve. Toilets are also just the south bank toilets which doesn’t make it feel like the nice restaurant it’s prices suggest it is.

FAQs

Skylon does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Skylon also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7654 7800.

Skylon is rated 3.8 stars by 1995 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:00


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Skylon

Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Additional information

  • Area

    Waterloo

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–19:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Nearest Underground: Waterloo.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7654 7800

  • Private party facilities

    River View is perfect for corporate events, special occasions and drinks parties and can accommodate up to 50 guests for seated events or up to 60 guests for standing receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Freya Parsons: 020 3887 5744

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