Skylon Restaurant

4.2
5833 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
Skylon Restaurant is set in the middle of the vibrant Southbank with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the Thames. Serving up a menu as magnificent as that view, and we can vouch that the Brunch is something very special indeed.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
LUNCH
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm
Saturday: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am – 4pm

DINNER
Monday – Saturday: 5pm -10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7654 7800
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Helena Puolakka
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Public Transit

Nearest Underground station: Waterloo.
Additional
Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Skylon Restaurant, on the Southbank and close to Waterloo Station, serves modern European cuisine and offers a spectacular panorama of London's skyline, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Thames from the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall.

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Special Offers

Set Menu: 3 courses £30 incl. glass of sparkling wine

Set Menu: 3 courses £30 incl. glass of sparkling wine as chosen by Sommeliers. Includes VAT excludes service. Valid for 1-8 people.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 10 April 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:30

Post-theatre 2/3 courses for £25/£30

From our set menu enjoy 2 courses for £25 and 3 courses for £30.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 10 September 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 21:30-22:30

Saxy Brunch: 2 courses with bottomless bubbles for £35 pp.

Two courses with bottomless bubbles for £35pp. Add a dessert for £5pp from our dessert menu.

Terms and Conditions: Valid for 1-13 diners. For 14 people and above we have Reduced Brunch menu available. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 10 September 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Sat 11:30-15:00

Pre-theatre 2/3 courses for £25/£30

From our set menu enjoy 2 courses for £25 and 3 courses for £30.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 10 September 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-18:00

What 5833 People Are Saying
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LF
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional - special mention to our waiter Nicholas! For such a prime location, the whole experience was one of being a truly valued customer, and the fact that the food was so good just completed a wonderful lunch. Thoroughly recommended

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food ok.
Service appalling, had to ask for everything twice/ thrice.
Desert delayed and we had to leave as had tickets to a show. They did knock price of desert off bill but all in all didn’t make for a relaxing meal.

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CP
London
54 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Skylon. The ambience and service were superb. The food was very good for the price. We’ll definitely return.

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AM
London
36 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening, nice spot

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AE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Skylon food, service, central location and views all excellent, a great venue for a celebration.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have come here quite a few times. It’s guaranteed good food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended.

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M
London
94 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Location is great and the river view marvellous. The food is slightly overpriced but good, ditto the wine list. Expensive ground rent there I imagine.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We were in London for the night and looking for a restaurant with a river view, before heading to the theatre. I booked the Skylon Restaurant for its pre theatre menu and riverside location near the National. Delicious cocktail (a perfect margarita) at the bar to start. Delighted to get a window seat overlooking the river as requested. We were eating early so it was quiet when we arrived but soon filled up. I had read about the noise levels but i found it was a lovely buzzy atmosphere. Service was a bit patchy, firstly slow, then too many different waiters. Food was delicious. Overall it was a great start to the evening and very enjoyable.

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service- lovely ambiance perfect for pre concert

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful brunch experience with my sister. I would definitely be going back again.

Wonderful service
*Top Notch*

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a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. Took our wine order before the food order, only to then be told that our food (chateaubriand) might not be available.

Expensive which may explain why it was only sparsely populated on a Saturday night

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BB
Nottingham
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special meal for a special occasion. Highly recommended.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I had the bottomless brunch with a friend at skylon restaurant. We left feeling a little underwhelmed, having both experienced different bottomless brunches before. The venue was quite empty but is huge and lofty and has the feeling of an old university hall. It lacked atmosphere and ambience. The staff were a little inattentive when it came to topping us up, we waiting about 15 minutes before they served our first glass of prosecco and had to be asked for a refill after sitting with empty glasses for a short while. The food was average, the smoked salmon with the poached egg was freezing cold so made the whole dish taste a little unappetising. Overall we had a nice little catch up bt I wouldn’t go again or recommend to somebody looking for a tasty bottomless brunch in a venue with a good atmosphere.

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c
London
20 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Top notch service as usual. Very good and inventive food. Some of us went for the ES menu, which was great value-for-money. Loved the flat iron steak.

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a
London
90 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We had eaten at Skylon several times but not for some time so decided to try it out again. The three of us ordered from a pre-theatre menu. We also added some sides. We sent the salad back as it came in a bowl with 4 salad leaves for £4.50. The head waiter was very apologetic and did replace it with another salad at no cost. He went out of his way to be helpful and did seem embarrassed but whoever is on portion control here should look at this.

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f
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately the evening we visited there was a problem in the kitchen so limited hot food. Received a phone call to warn us and as it was such a hot day we were not concerned and looked forward to our meal. The food we chose was very pleasant but choice was restricted and was mainly vegetarian options, particularly the main courses. Portions on the small size and generally we felt was overpriced considering the limited choice. Would visit again as clearly very high quality food and keen to see what else is on offer.

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WR
London
20 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu choices. The wine pairing with the Pre-theatre Dinner menu were great wine recommendations by the Sommelier. A little pricey for the quantity of food.

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a bit noisy but the views were great as was the food and service.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked for a work evening meal. Enjoyed the food and the service. Would recommend this restaurant

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s
London
83 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful view, great food, wine and service. Only downside is that is a rather noisy environment and can be difficult to keep up a conversation as a result.

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RR
London
36 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a marvellous brunch at Skylon with friends. We went for the bottomless prosecco option which was great value as they were very generous with the time-slot! The food was also excellent and the service really good, so all in all a very good brunch!

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HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We booked the open table deal which was good value.

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LR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent accommodating staff with great knowledge regarding options for food allergies

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GI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The risotto was over cooked and not good

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i
London
38 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

7 of us went to Skylon post matinee theatre. Service at bar was a little slow but was very good for dinner. We had a set menu and wine pairing. All pretty delightful.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent spot in terms of the buzz and bustle and views of the Thames and nightlife. Great location for dinner or lunch close to Waterloo

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is in a great location, is well decorated and had a lovely view. However, as it is completely open and so large, it’s very noisy and hard to have a conversation.


Some of the dishes were very good and the range of options on the vegetarian menu was very good. The only down side was that a lot of the food was over-salted (something we have noticed in the past) and vegetables in the risotto was delicious but it seemed like there was no cream/cheese added to it so it was a little bland and salty.

The staff seemed a little over stretched but they were very friendly and provided good service.

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a special catch up with friends. Plenty of food options and the wine pairing made it extra special.

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J
London
19 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Skylon continues to offer great food and service and the set menu deals are fantastic value, especially for Central London. And the views can’t fail to please.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Upon arrival - table was not ready in the restaurant.
Waited an additional 25 mins - still was not ready.
Eventually seated us in the grill area in a table of our choice.
Food was lovely and good value for money.

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H
London
13 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Enjoyed a meal with friends here earlier in the month. It was a tad noisy on our visit and they were very busy so service was very slow. I wouldn’t say it was the best meal I have ever had but food looked and tasted good. We did the three course offer and had to remind them we were entitled to a glass of bubbles. The tables both sides of us both had issues with their meals/service. All in all for us it was ok.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing. We were very pleased with the food but the service was quite subpar. We were without drinks for more than half our meal bc we finished the ones we ordered before our meal.

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p
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was creatively presented when it finally arrived. Not as warm as one would expect and one meal had to be returned. Staff attentive and discreet they did the venue proud.

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SB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

A somewhat classic place that still manages to surprise with the quality of the cooking. Which is a bit more than expected at this (still fairly high) price range.

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l
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great restaurant The staff are really attentive and the food is very good We has a really lovely table overlooking the river and the tables are nicely spaced which makes a change for London

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TR
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I ate in your reception with 2 friends on Monday this week on the £30 per person set menu deal with a glass of sparkling wine which I got an email confirmation for.
My friend who paid for the meal told me yesterday that on the bill you have charged her for 3x£10 starters and then 3x rest of the set menu (2 items) for £75 meaning she has paid £35 per person.
On the receipt we were on table 232 and the order nr was 291047.
We also did not get our glass of wine when we arrived which was disappointing.
Can you please advise how you can rectify this over payment.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really wonderful food beautiful lily presented. Staff largely attentive, but felt embarrassed having to ask for the set menu rather than being offered it from the outset.

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RB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great Saturday brunch at Skylon before theatre matinee. Such good value given the usual cost of a bottle of prosecco. Staff are lovely, and food delicious. Would recommend, especially given the lovely view!

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Awful service. Not through the fault of the serving staff as they were charming and excellent but that there were only two waiters for the night. Clearly the kitchen staff were also short as main courses took an hour and forty minutes to arrive and the quality was average at best. What a shame as it is in a prime location with a beautiful setting.

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RS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The special offer was good value, and the food was nice if not particularly memorable. Had to wait 15 minutes for our table, and there is not much space to wait at the bar. The waiters were very busy but service was very good despite this. Overall, a pleasant meal.

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