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Canteen - Royal Festival Hall

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX, England (Formerly The Canteen)
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Ranked #9,901 of 18,011 Restaurants in London
Price range: $2 - $78
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British
Neighborhood:
Southbank
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Foot weary and hungry we popped into Canteen because it was just there and some hearty British grub would be just the thing for a cold winter day. I have to say firstly that this was my first Canteen meal and it will probably be the last. It was very disappointing. If you are British and you want to know... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I have had a good experience of canteen at the Canary wharf branch however something is amiss at Royal Festival Hall. The staff seem totally lost, the manager seemed to have little interest in helping out, the service is painfully slow, and when it does come the food is below average at best. It take a lot for me to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We had a family get-together on a busy Friday night - our party included 2 elderly people in their 80s. The restaurant staff were very accommodating in all ways to ensure that our evening went well - a good evening was had by all!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I really liked this place when it first opened, but after an extremely lacklustre meal last night I will not be going back. The decor and lighting are still beautiful, but all the rest is just not worth your money. I get the distinct sense that that staff morale here is low and that no-one can be bothered anymore. Had... More 

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London UK
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Bland cafeteria food overpriced. Classic London tourist trap. This is the kind of place that contributes to the impression that food in England is poor and overpriced.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Food wasnt bad but the waitress was very rude, insensitive and made sly comments about me and my partner which she thought we couldnt hear. Never recommend and never go again

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We choose to eat here on a Saturday evening after a full day in London. The restuarant was very nice good feel about the place staff friendly and prompt. Food excellent and a good visit spoilt by the state of the toilets. The gents where tired looking with thre soap dispensers not working the ladies where even worse with the... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We always pay a visit to the Canteen on our trips to London and enjoy the food and atmosphere and intend returning there in the future. However, PLEASE can the management do something about the Ladies Toilets! They are in a dreadful/tired/broken condition and really put me off at the end of the evening!

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Jruicci, Operations Manager at Canteen - Royal Festival Hall, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. I have passed your comments to the team and they are thrilled. We are fully aware of the issues you described. We are currently working on a full face lift of the restaurant, which will not only improve facilities but it will take the entire guest experience... More 

Iver Heath, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a good restaurant serving very good food. Doesn't have large menu and you definately benefit from that as the quality is very good and you still have a very choice. Service is very friendly and attentive. Prices are also good value for money. It's right in the heart of the Southbank next to the Royal Festival Hall and... More 

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Jruicci, Operations Manager at Canteen - Royal Festival Hall, responded to this review

Dear Jane and Larry, Thank you for your review. I have passed your comments to the team and they are delighted. We hope to welcome you back again soon! More 

san francisco
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Well prepared British food. Nice service and fair prices. Their daily specials can be good bargains. Call ahead to book a booth which is more comfortable.

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Thank you very much for your review, both the team and myself are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Additional Information about Canteen - Royal Festival Hall

Address: Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX, England (Formerly The Canteen)
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 78
Cuisine: British

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