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Skylon

Southbank Centre, | Belvedere Road, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, England (Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark)
+44 (0)20 7654 7800
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Ranked #2,070 of 16,479 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark
Description: Situated on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall, perfect for visitors to Southbank, Skylon combines retro style with unbeatable views of the London skyline from triple-height picture windows to create a stunning dining complex. Situated by the central cocktail bar, the informal Skylon Grill restaurant offers light a la carte meals in a casual ambience. Executive Chef, Adam Gray describes his food as modern British – simple, honest and with a sometimes unusual twist on classic dishes. Renowned for its extensive wine list, the Skylon Bar also stands out for its quality cocktails and stunning view of the Southbank. A destination in its own right, Skylon Bar alone attracts many culture vultures who share the company of magazine editors and members of Parliament.
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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been to Skylon on a number of occasions but had not been for a couple of years. Unfortunately during that time the restaurant has gone downhill. The service is still good but having arrived to have pre dinner drinks at the bar we were disappointed to find no space and not being able to get served. The bar... More

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Peterborough
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I booked several weeks in advance a table for 4, a birthday celebration and asked for a table near the window. On arrival we went into the bar to wait for our guests and a female member of staff showed us to a table, grudgingly it seemed, I think we were spoiling her evening by using the bar. When we... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Having booked 4 weeks ahead and requested a window table I had hoped that request would be met. On arrival I was greeted with "good evening your table is available for 2 hours" and taken to a table in the middle of the restaurant - it was impossible to hold any sort of conversation without being over heard by other... More

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Sam B, General Manager at Skylon, responded to this review

Dear Jamie, Many thanks for choosing Skylon grill for your dinner. I am sorry that you did not feel look after or cared by staff and management alike. We fully realise that you made a window request for your booking but as you could see when you arrived all were taken at the desired time. It simply means that guest... More

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

D&D have got it right. I've enjoyed two occasions at Sky Lon, one in the Restaurant on business and this latest occasion at the Grill with my partner and sister. You'd expect a difference in service (as is the price) between the two - however, both were immaculate. We were incredibly lucky to be seated by the window, providing beautiful... More

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New Zealand
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Business lunch, 3 people. 2courses for £25. Impeccable service. Good food. Great view over the river. Recommended for a special occasion.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Went for lunch with a friend who really likes this place. Firstly the staff here are good, helpful and courteous, the view over the Thames is nice especially if you have a window table. Atmosphere is fairly bland nothing special, a bit like any large chain restaurant. The food again nothing special, was OK but personally it is not somewhere... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The food was poor. One member of staff had large stains on his trousers. The restaurant looked very tired.

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Sam B, General Manager at Skylon, responded to this review

Dear Tom, I am sorry that your visit back in May last year was not up to Skylon usual standard. As per your feedback, during the last year all of your highlighted point have been looked at. Adam Gray that held a michelin start for nearly a decade joined us with his brigade, our uniforms have been revamped in August... More

Staffordshire
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We booked as a large mixed group of 28 (including 15 children of all ages) and were very pleased over how the whole meal turned out. Let's get one thing out of the way first, eating at the Skylon is not cheap, in fact our overall bill was quite spectacular, however, the old adage that you get what you pay... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Food OK just not enough of it - I know its not meant to be cool to say that nouvelle cuisine is a rip of but lets not take the cr@p anymore and admit it. Had to have something to eat after we came out. Staff unfriendly and looked bored. Plus the tables were so close together I nearly had... More

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Sam B, General Manager at Skylon, responded to this review

Dear Paula, Many thanks for your second online feedback following your lunch in the grill. I am once again sorry that we failed to leave up to your expectations and hope that you will find the time to respond to my earlier email. Wishing you a lovely week end. Best regards Sam More

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Been to this restaurant many times. Great food, but do not visit on a Friday night. Couldn't hear myself think, let alone talk to my family. For a price tag of £250 for 3 people, I would have expected better. Will never visit in the evening again. If I had wanted the noise of a pub I would have gone... More

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Sam B, General Manager at Skylon, responded to this review

Dear Karen, I am sorry to hear that the noise level in the grill were too loud for your liking. Indeed the grill at Skylon gets hectic evening time and the noise level will increase with the number of guests dinning. I fully understand that as some guests would see it as the proof of a successful and lively restaurant... More

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