Skylon’s triple height picture windows provide panoramic views along the river.

Skylon captures the creative energy and excitement of London in the 21st century.

Helena Puolakka is one of the shining stars among female Head Chefs. Her lightness of touch and love of presentation, as well as her Finnish origins- come to the fore in the main restaurant, all day dining in the Grill and an excellent children’s menu.

Skylon Bar is a destination in its own right frequented by a “heady mix” of culture vultures that brush shoulders with magazine editors to members of Parliament.

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Typical meal price: From £41.00 (USD62.00) per diner

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The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
1 Belvedere Road
Public transport:
Tube: Waterloo/Embankment Train: Waterloo
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app


Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Access into the Building
Flat routes from parking area to entrance
Full, non-assisted wheelchair access
Accessible Parking Facilities
Blue badge parking available
Booking Facilities
Group bookings accepted
Catering Facilities
Set price menu
Theatre menu
Children Facilities
Childrens menu
Event Facilities
Available for wedding receptions
Event facilities
Venue allows outside catering
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Debit cards accepted
Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 78 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Skylon

4.0 out of 5 22 November 2015
by Merijn H.

Had a good lunch at this great place with a beautiful view of the Thames in a not very interesting building. The restaurant inside looks good, upmarked. A lot of suits inside but still an informal atmosphere.

Welcomed by the staff we had a drink at the bar first and then moved to the restaurant where we had a very affordable set lunch which was of good value/quality for this very decent...more

5.0 out of 5 1 November 2015
by John L.

The Southbank Centre divides opinion architecturally, but it's brutalist exterior is a disguise for a softer, more rounded interior, with polished wooden banisters, high ceilings and functional light fittings reminding you of the primary schools of your youth.

It was here that we gathered to toast a friend's 40th birthday at the upper level Skylon restaurant. A carefully selected table at the...more

5.0 out of 5 21 August 2015
by Kerri H.

The location of this place is amazing, right off the thymes river... And it was beautiful and the food and drinks were amazing.

Great service. Great experience all around. I highly recommend!!!more

5.0 out of 5 21 May 2015
by Daniel P.

I've worked in Waterloo for 2 years now, I go to the Southbank Centre all the time. But I've never been to this restaurant, I always seemed to forget it when I was planning special occasions. Sometimes you just want to see a part of London that isn't right next to work!

But this time it was a old friend's retirement meal and I saw an opportunity. So I booked in here at the grill - there are...more

4.0 out of 5 6 January 2015
by Alex S.

I'd come for the drinks.

Not to say the food isn't good, because it's... good, but Skylon is one of those classic London places that rub me the wrong way. The food is good to OK, but the portion sizes are tiny and the prices way too high. Yes, it's a classic London spot and yes it's right on the river in tourist central, but that doesn't mean you should be gouged. There are other places to...more

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