A Thames-side jaunt boasting some of the most unique spots in the city, Southbank has a heritage of great events, picturesque views and cracking destinations for a waterside tipple. Bankside's cultural richness and magnificent views of the river make it the perfect drinking and dining space, custom-made for going alfresco and soaking in the irresistible central London vibes. A must for any urban explorer, check out our best bars near the Southbank.
Last updated on 14th November 2017
Located in the heart of Southbank's bustling BFI, Benugo Bar and Kitchen is frequented by movie lovers, liquid loungers and city newbies alike. Split between two bold drinking and dining spaces, Benugo Bar and Kitchen wastes no time in making punters feel comfortable, with their library inspired interiors and British plates.
Sun out? Pouch yourself a deliciously quirky cocktail and head on out to The Refinery's impressive terrace; laden with deckchairs and relaxing vibes. The venue has you covered from breakfast to dinner with their fresh, seasonal fare, and with a late licence at the weekend it's the perfect place to shake those hips.
Just a few minutes walk from the London eye, this dim sum restaurant now stays open until 2am, with a £5 offering on selected drinks post-watershed. At those prices it's a key contender for one of Southbank's best bars.
There are stunning views, then there's this. The Founders Arms - next to the Tate Modern and looking out across to St Paul's - offers perfect views of the Thames in all its majesty from its large patio area. Tuck into an ice-cold pint while watching the world drift by in the summer or wrap up in a blanket and sup on some spiced mulled cider during the winter months.
This swish cocktail inside the Mondrian is the perfect pit stop on the way to one of the areas many restaurants. With opulent interiors and lush views of the Thames its one of the most luxurious bars on the Southbank.
A Thames-side haunt with true edible ambience, Gillray's is a bespoke eating and drinking destination for those after a little more upmarket fare. From their chesterfield toting interiors and London Eye plot, to their diverse drinks list and steak orientated menu, Gillray's is a plush place for dinner and drinks in Southbank.
Located just seconds from the water’s edge, Mulberry Bush is a trusty gastropub for all occasions. Pop in for a spot of breaky from 9.30am or return later, when the seasonal foods and daily changing specials take centre stage. Mulberry Bush is a Young’s pub - so you can expect a first-rate of beers - as well as a rotating guest ale list to provide a little something for everyone.
A stone's throw from the Tate Modern, the Bankside branch of the Camino family is blessed not just by fabulous food and cocktails, but also with a large outdoor terrace that's ideal for a drink by the Thames. Hosting live DJs every Friday, and Bottomless Tapas and mimosas every weekend, it's a perfect venue for any occasion.
Located in the BFI on Southbank, this modern and stylish restaurant is the perfect place for a meal after a walk along the river or trip to the theatre or cinema. Stop by and sip on their extensive drinks list which includes cocktails, wine and spirits in the open and airy restaurant, or come summer nab a table outside.
Originally belonging to World War II artist Feliks Topolski, this 200 year old haunt was once an arts studio, and has now been transformed to a wholly unique evening destination. Boasting Eastern European dishes alongside a fun-filled selection of arts and music events, Topolski is a broody and unique atmosphere to drink and dine in.