Skylon

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1874 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Pre/post Theatre
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, afternoon tea and weekend brunch, the restaurant provides the perfect setting for any occasion.

Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: Afternoon Tea £78

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun-Fri 14:00-17:00

Afternoon Tea at Skylon | £26.50 per person

Selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones for £26.50 per person. Upgrade to £39 per person including a Summer Champagne Cocktail or glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes tax, excludes service. Vegetarian option available, please leave a note when booking. For group bookings of over 10 diners, please call Skylon on 020 7654 7800.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 9 July 2019

Ends: 24 December 2019

Availability: Sun-Fri 14:30-17:15

Pre/ Post Theatre Offer 2 courses £25, 3 courses £30

Pre/ Post- theatre Offer 2 courses £25, 3 courses £30, from a set menu

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 13 February 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:30 21:00-23:00

What 1874 People Are Saying
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food and service was good. We did have to wait quite a bit of time though between our starter and main course. Also, was disappointed we couldn’t have the lamb rack cooked 50% well done for the pregnant guest and 50% medium rare. If the chef could have accommodated that, I would have been much happier. Loved the lime cheesecake. Absolutely the highlight of the meal.

SF
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was very slow, we had to ask for a menu and drinks. Food was average. Didn’t like the fact you had to use the toilets in the Festival Hall.

The three of us dinning all felt slightly unwell in the evening and the next day.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent but not outstanding good food pleasant service

GG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Both of us did not finish even half of the main course. The pork was so tough it was not easy to cut, the fish was not tasty and dry. The waiter noticed and asked but did not offer a replacement. The bill was mistaken by almost double. The waiter brought a new bill, saying something not clear about mixing up.

r
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and the food (seabass for 2) was underwhelming and expensive. Much better places to dine in the immediate vicinity

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Restaurant has a nice buzz - lovely views of the river - good range of choices on the menu

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very crowded and seats bunched too close together so a lot of people jostling by you and waiters leaning over you.
Uncomfortable

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was average, service was extremely slow.

CK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and great food looking over the Thames. What more could one ask for!

AW
London
203 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All year round favourite - great menu, reasonable and good wines very high quality ingredients and good presentation , appreciate their interesting pre-theatre menu often with really great offers, if anything, over attentive service though still make sure bill is requested in good time.
Special mentions: views are really terrific so long as not in really hot sunshine (early evening) as blinds may need to be lowered prior to summer sun sets, even late afternoon in indian summers/autumn, as faces NNWest Who cares though as the ambience is also vibrant with surprisingly good “table acoustics” despite generally very busy from 6pm.
LOVE IT!

FS
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We met friends for drinks at the bar, which was lovely although service was slow. Dinner was fairly average. We had the ES menu which was ok for value but I wouldn’t have paid more. The food was only ok, some dishes were on the bland side. Service varied from very good to heavy-handed. Because we had drinks at the bar before dinner, we had the full whack of service charge on the bill, which I wasn’t delighted about as it was so slow.

CG
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good views across river and to activities on south bank. Food was excellent and good sized portions as well.
Drink selection is very good and the wine list extensive.
Highly recommended for special nights, events etc

FL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good and the service attentive however your wines are very expensive and not worth it. You also only had 2 Rose wines on your wine list which is very limiting.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We ordered beef wellington at 19:30 and were told that was already sold out - That early on a Saturday night !

We were brought a birthday pudding with a candle on then as soon as we had blown out the candle the waiter asked for the candle back to use on the next table !

Asked for bill at the end ..waited 15 minutes and nothing ...had to ask another waiter to get it.

Food was very average and over priced. Service is friendly but you feel rushed ...all in all disappointing and I will not be returning.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Small portions but elegant food and friendly professional service

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the evening standard menu. Amazing value and very tasty. Also had my 7yr old son and they provided an adequate children’s menu with some activities to entertain him!

OT
London
44 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

At least we got the offer! Bad service - we had to ask for water 3 times and got ignored regularly. Bad food - my friend’s meal was cold which we complained about only to be told it was meant to be (!) and then told they were going to make up for it only for nothing to happen. It felt like there was no manager on service and we were served by about 4 different waiters. Had to find someone to get the bill. What a shame as it’s such a beautiful place.

RA
London
74 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very poor steak but otherwise the meals were generally good for large group including children and the brunch deal including wine is good value

JB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant my sister and I were lucky to have been seated at the window...fabulous. We had a fix price menu of £30 per person with a glass of fizz which was extremely good value; however we both felt just one more main menu choice would have been nice.

DN
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Host was a bit up himself this Tuesday. Servers were properly professional and gracious. Lunch pre fixe was fine enough with an adequate selection. Calm elegant atmosphere. Despite the location, the FOH should not be turning off patrons at first impression of a young host—cheers.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, great location and views. They get very busy around 7.30 so was disappointing to hear that they didn't have a table ready at 7.45 when we had booked through OpenTable, and it was pretty tight finishing dinner before getting to our film before it started

BD
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We were looking forward to having dinner in the Royal Festival Hall, overlooking the Thames on after a sunny, warm day. Soon after we were seated, the "cabaret" stage opened outside, directly beneath us. It was so loud that we could hardly hold a conversation at dinner, without literally shouting at one another. Perhaps this clouded my opinion of the food? My husband's chicken was dry and the cutlery wasn't up to cutting it, my pasta was bland and I left more than half of it. The waiters were inattentive and rather supercilious.... Perhaps it was because it was Friday? I don't know, but I won't be going to back on another night to find out.

NS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really gorgeous place. Wonderful views, and great atmosphere and lovely service.

JZ
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Skylon . Is always wonderful to go here . X

OC
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Skylon has an excellent location on the Southbank, overlooking the Thames, albeit the view is obstructed by tree foliage in the summer months. It has a pleasant unhurried ambience, which makes a pleasant change from many of the other restaurants nearby.
The meal didn’t start well when we asked for tap water, which came at room temperature; I object to having to pay for water in order to get it chilled! The food we had was tasty and reasonably well presented. Service was attentive to start with but less so as the restaurant got busier, and when we wanted to pay the bill, the staff seemed determined to avoid our expectant gazes. In the end, we went to the counter to pay as we had a show to get to.

HJ
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant has a great view and is light and airy. On this occasion the meal was for 2 friends in their 90s meeting for the first time in a few years. We requested a quiet table on booking. When we arrived only half of the restaurant was open but it was busy and very noisy. Gradually some tables on the other, quieter side were occupied. When it came to the time to go to the table the staff were reluctant to let our party sit on the quiet side even though it was obvious that they would have no chance of hearing each other if they were to be placed on the noisy side.
Eventually a quiet table was found and the staff were lovely - but we shouldn’t have had to insist.

Food was pleasant but not special.

They had a lovely time.

f
Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Rubbish service dried out food and condiments arrived at end of the meal. Did not like it and won’t be back.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was nice and comfortable, very good service.
As the value of money, food was good, but it was not amazing.

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best service that we’ve had in years, despite it being in a very central and touristy area: we were served three delicious courses and had received the bill in an hour, which was perfect as we were going to the theatre immediately afterwards

WR
London
24 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Rather hot in temperature -- some air conditioning would be beneficial.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely pre-theatre meal at Skylon. As requested at the time of booking, we were seated at a window table. Fantastic! Too many restaurants seem to ignore such requests. The waiters were attentive and helpful. The food was served promptly and was very good - the salmon ceviche was particularly delicious. Our only gripe was that the wine was a bit pricey, even for central London, but that really was all. Lovely venue and perfect for any occasion.

K
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is decent but everything seems to take an age.
Lovely dining room and setting but service is slow and food takes a long time to come out. Price is expensive and it feels like you are paying for the setting rather than the food which is nice but nothing special. I would still recommend for a special occasion if you have lots of time to enjoy a lazy lunch.

R
London
19 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant meal here as we have had before. This restaurant is always good with excellent service. Well done.

N
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxing environment, really interesting and tasty food, very attentive waiting staff.

SR
London
99 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great venue - good location and view. Good choice of lovely food and wine.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was ok (albeit not the menu which was in Open Table at the time of booking), but it was a Saturday afternoon and the band playing were a little too loud for us to have calm and comfortable conversation. The view is good, primarily thanks to the restaurant accommodating my request to seat us by the window, which was much appreciated.

We were over-charged for the meal, with a bottomless Prosecco charge added for just one glass of Prosecco. When we raised this with the waiter, he was not convinced that we hadn’t had a bottomless Prosecco meal so i found myself having to convince him. Also, a charity donation was added to the bill without consent or explanation.

Further, as we left we were accosted by a waiter who accused us of not paying the bill. I was with my mother and we were mortified. The waiter didn’t believe us when we assured him we had paid, and instead of checking the payment himself, he insisted we produce the receipt as evidence. Not a good way to deal with customers and in combination with the other factors, ruined what was my birthday meal. Would not go back.

SQ
London
14 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend to Skylon for her birthday. We had the 2 course bottomless Prosecco brunch. It was lovely. Very attentive and friendly staff, delicious food and our glasses were constantly topped up. Beautiful surroundings and wonderful view over the Thames.

P
London
22 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely experience! We booked to have lunch to celebrate a graduation that was held at the Royal Festival Hall which just made the whole expereince so much better. Had requested a window table on OpenTable, which we got (to our surprise). We were given a complimentary glass of bubbly for our celebration, which was much appreciated. The staff were attentive and not over crowding. Food, especially the salmon fillet was delicious. Fab overall!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was good food and the waiters were very tentative
However it was a hot day and the AC was not on so it felt like a sauna
Other than that would recommend

T
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing food. Just very very average. We had heard good things about the restaurant. Indeed the location, view and interior are worthwhile ... the service was good. But we will never go back, the food is just unimaginative and of a quality you’d get in an average pub

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