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Skylon

3.9
3.9
2015 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

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Waterloo

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Nearest Underground: Waterloo.

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • Skylon Set Menu | Two/Three Courses £29.50/£35

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy two courses for £29.50 or three courses for £35 from our Set Menu. Available Monday to Friday for lunch and Monday to Saturday for dinner.
  • New Year's Eve

    £125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    At Skylon , we have prepared an unforgettable evening full of sensational food and entertainment to say goodbye to 2022. Our iconic venue in the heart of London is waiting for you. We offer a 6-course menu for £125 per person. Please note this is the only menu available. We require a £50 deposit to secure this reservation. Please follow the link in your email confirmation to pay. https://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/payment/ We offer a full refund policy if the booking is cancelled three weeks before. Your reservation is subject to 2 hours return time.
  • New Year's Eve

    £250.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    At Skylon , we have prepared an unforgettable evening full of sensational food and entertainment to say goodbye to 2022. Our iconic venue in the heart of London is waiting for you. We offer a 6-course menu for £250 per person. Please note this is the only menu available. We require a £100 deposit to secure this reservation. Please follow the link in your email confirmation to pay. https://www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/payment/ We offer a full refund policy if the booking is cancelled three weeks before. Your reservation is subject to 2 hours return time.

What 2,015 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • South West London

    Business Meals

  • South West London

    Pre/post theatre

  • South West London

    Scenic View

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  1. AM

    AnthoulaM

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    While the food is good, the service was terrible! Waited 25 mins for a glass of wine, then got very bad wine in cheap glasses and had to chase cutlery etc. Tea at the end came in very cheap teapots and again had to chase teaspoon to stir tea.. Even has to chase bill For £50 a head service is appalling
  2. KL

    KathleenL

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely view over the river and attentive service. Very good food
  3. HP

    HollyP

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good and service was excellent, lovely vegetarian options too. Super location with a view. It’s just a bit expensive but worth it for an occasional treat.
  4. MB

    MariaB

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Positive experience. Nice venue with lots of natural light. Good food, attentive staff
  5. KO

    KONAH

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Lovely venue ans decent food, but the restaurant was so cold and they admitted they had a draft problem that they were working on. Made it a little too cold to enjoy the food
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Dreadful value. I went for the rib eye…
  7. P

    Parker

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. It does feel like a restaurant of this quality should not have to only serve well done burgers.... something I expect of cheap highstreet restaurants that have not invested in modern equipment to safely manage ground meat.
  8. M

    Marina10

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable evening Great food choices on the menu with wonderful flavours 5*
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    This wasn’t our visit to the Skylon. we’ve been a few times when staying nearby
  10. JD

    JamesD

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food was lovely
  11. GE

    GETTOGETHER

    London

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    everyone's food was good and well presented, but it was very noisy. I had not seen when booking that Saturday lunchtime is a brunch with the option of 'bottomless' alcohol - this meant there were a number of hen parties, which coupled with the hard surfaces/high ceilings and the live DJ made it very noisy indeed for the first couple of hours. I would definitely eat here again, but not on Saturday lunchtime.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food was below average, very bland. Welcome desk ladies were not particularly welcoming. Despite the serving staff were good but definitely won’t back.
  13. AW

    AlanaWoking

    London

    252 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    252 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has rarely disappointed on any level: great food reasonable value especially on the prix-fixe menu, good service great atmosphere with some superb views. Very useful pre-theatre location too!
  14. t

    topdinner

    London

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was my first time at Skylon and what a treat it was to have a table by the window overlooking the Thames! The food was good, the service attentive and the view impressive. I will definitely go again.
  15. MW

    MsWriter

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Experiences can be so subjective, and so I hasten to begin by saying this is a matter of taste. But I have been to Skylon before and had much better experiences, so am moved to write. Good stuff: our waitress could not have been more funny or attentive, and of course the restaurant's enviable setting was as beautiful as usual - much to the pleasure of my American guest. The desserts - chocolate ganache with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, and my lemon tart with blood orange sorbet and raspberry sauce - were truly yummy. The rest was profoundly 'meh'. My companion thought the sea bass anti-climactic and uninspiring, and while my duck was OK, we laughed out loud at the two TINY accompanying baby potatoes. I understand elegance, natch, but this was bordering on mean. Luckily we enjoyed the truffle chips speedily ordered to compensate - although they arrived way after everything else. In fact, most things, especially our first course, took AGES to arrive - at least 20 minutes. We haven't seen each other for ages, so had a great time chatting, but we still found ourselves going 'where on earth is this food?' We do appreciate the staff - friendly and unobtrusive and so kind when we realised we were the last ones there - that was very generous and we appreciated it. Is the chef feeling uninspired? Someone get them a holiday, quick.
  16. MK

    MaryK

    London

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Evening Standard set meal was good value. Sadly there was a misunderstanding about my husband’s a La Carte choice which took a long time to resolve (the restaurant was busy).
  17. l

    lovefood

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful location with outstanding views of London. The good was beautifully presented (we took photos it was so nice!) and delicious. Great value with the evening standard deal too.
  18. EB

    ElBel

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff were exceptionally friendly
  19. g

    geebeegee

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One one little gripe, we had the Evening Standard set menu but didnt get our glass of wine but it didnt spoil our delightful lunch!
  20. MC

    MargotC

    Hertfordshire

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great views over the Thames Set meal was delicious and excellent value Staff very friendly and attentive
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good location, the rest is average
  22. SJ

    SueJ

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Staff helpful but I didn’t find the food very inspiring
  23. L

    Lovefood

    London

    92 reviews

    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I couldn’t resist having the quinoa salad again, delicious. My friend enjoyed her gazpacho and main of tortellini. The sea bass was outstanding, so tasty and filling. The set menu is excellent value for money and unlike many restaurants the wine list has a good choice of reasonably priced wines, the Australian Chardonnay we had was memorable.
  24. s

    shelley

    London

    121 reviews

    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 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.
  25. ME

    MondEats

    London

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 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!)
  26. k

    karenh

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 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
  27. E

    Epicurean

    London

    174 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    174 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A smart restaurant with great views of the river. Great of selection of food and wine with attentive service.
  28. L

    Liam

    London

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 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!
  29. RB

    RBRocks

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

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

    AlanaWoking

    London

    252 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    252 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 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.
  31. EB

    EBN1

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 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
  32. JB

    JoanneB

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

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

    skaffen

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 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.
  34. S

    S1274

    London

    211 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

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

    Lovefood

    London

    92 reviews

    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 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.
  37. AW

    AlanaWoking

    London

    252 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    252 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

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

    Josh

    Yorkshire

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

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

    CarolineH

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 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.

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 3.9 stars by 2015 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Skylon

Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waterloo

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • 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, Takeout, 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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