Skylon Restaurant

4.2
5815 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • 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

Bank Holiday Brunch two courses and bottomless fizz £30

Sunday 26th August and Monday 27th August, gather friends & family & indulge in an exquisite brunch.
With two courses & bottomless fizz for just £30 , we guarantee a Bank Holiday to remember.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 26 August 2018

Ends: 27 August 2018

Availability: Sun-Mon 11:00-14:30

Evening Standard: 3 courses with a glass of Chandon for £30

From a set menu

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 16 July 2018

Ends: 9 September 2018

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

What 5815 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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food
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service
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3.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

We booked the open table deal which was good value.

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Excellent accommodating staff with great knowledge regarding options for food allergies

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2.0Dined on 9 June 2018

The risotto was over cooked and not good

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 7 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 2 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 26 May 2018

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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3.0Dined on 26 May 2018

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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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

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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3.0Dined on 21 May 2018

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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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

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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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

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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2.0Dined on 14 May 2018

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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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Skylon never disappoints from lunch to cocktails to dinner. An iconic location, with excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Went there pre-theatre and I can't speak highly enough about this restaurant, quality of food, service and ambience. Once again everything was perfect and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Very pleasant experience for my wife and I on the occasion of our anniversary.Greeted by friendly, attentive staff and very touched with a small, but welcome treat at the end of our meal.Made us feel special, well done!

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Had the special offer menu £30 for three courses plus wine pairings for an extra £15 all excellent the food was all very good and the wines complemented the food brilliantly
The restaurant was full but the service was very good
Will be back ! Lovely view for my guests from Bangkok who were very impressed

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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Lovely meal before the music. The fixed price was excellent value. We had a table by the window with stunning views. Service was excellent and overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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3.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Had to wait 45 minutes for someone to take our order.

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Booked the 3 course lunch menu for £30 and added wine matching for £15 - excellent value! 4 choices for each course, all of which were appealing. Service was excellent, table overlooked the river on a sunny day, cocktails were also excellent. Best set menu I've had in a very long time.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great service and great table

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Excellent from start to finish!

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4.0Dined on 12 April 2018

I had never heard of Skylon but my girlfriend mentioned it as she’d dined there several years ago. There are 2 sections which merge into one - the grill and the more formal dining section where we dined. The tables are well presented with white clean tablecloths and clearly silver service standard. Our first male waiter (who may have been the maitre d’) was a little odd looking and very difficult to converse with as if he didn’t understand the English language. In fact, whilst speaking to him about ordering champagne, he walked away as if disinterested, which I found most discourteous and annoying. The female waitresses on the other hand were excellent and highly professional. Attentive but discrete service throughout. The food was very good as was the wine. The views from our window table overlooking South Bank and the Thames were beautiful and as the dusk came, the flickering lights outside were memorable. We will recommend Skylon to friends.

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3.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Very fast service so ideal for a pre- concert show dinner. Food okay, well presented.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

The view was wonderful, as always, the food was very nice however the cost of the meal was extortionate. We only had a main course, water, no wine and a coffee and the bill was £50 per person.

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The view at Skylon is lovely and it is a lovely place. The food was very good but it was pricy and I thought a bit overpriced. The service was very good and we were made to feel special. I would go back but I may wait for a special offer next time.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

I came here for a bottomless brunch for my birthday with a friend, staff were so lovely & helpful. You didn't have to ask for a top up they were straight there ready to fill your glass and take your order. Food arrived promptly but we were never made to feel rushed, food was fresh & hot. My friend & I, did get quite drunk but they never made us feel unwelcome. Skylon has a wonderful light & spacious feel to the place & even thought the day we went it was quite grey & had been raining, it never felt dreary inside & the music was excellent - loud enough that you could appreciate what was being played but not so loud you couldn't have a comfortable conversation. Would recommend this place for groups of friends, families and even a date. Looking forward to visiting again.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Dinner was very well presented and worthy of a high end restaurant. The steak was the most tender but not the most flavoursome I’ve had. The macarons for desert were a little overcooked, so they were crispy not chewy, but not so much that it spoiled the experience.
Service cannot be faulted. We were looked after by a stream of waiting staff who couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly.
The main feature of the restaurant are it’s floor to ceiling windows overlooking the south bank and River Thames. We were lucky enough to get a window table, but it may be worth a call or mentioning when you book if it is important to you.
Overall, a little overpriced for what it is, but it is definitely worth a special occasion visit.

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5.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Skylon is great for business dinners, dates and meet-ups with friends. The food is wonderfully prepared and the staff really make it a great dining experience.

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Really enjoyed our evening. Very good food and service; just a bit loud so sometimes hard to talk. Very good value from the set menu.

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