Topolski Gallery and Bar

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As one of the first new openings on London's Southbank in many months, Topolski bar and restaurant replaces the 20th Century art bunker that has occupied the address for nearly two hundred years. The building originally functioned as a studio, belonging to Feliks Topolski, one of the official artists of World War II; step inside and you won't miss the dedication for a second - upon the walls of the bar and restaurant hang a series of paintings produced by the man himself. The venue also plays host to a series of specially curated live music events and club nights, featuring musicians, cabaret artists and DJs, the creative insight of Wayne and Jack Hemingway.

In the afternoon, the cafe serves up a selection of Eastern European favourites, adapted for the UK by Company of Cooks chefs Bruce Wilson and Claire Clark: guests can look forward to Zurek, a sour rye and sausage broth, and Borsch; choose sharing plates such as Cracovian smoked hunter sausage with sauerkraut or blinis with mushroom and salt baked beetroot with beetroot tops and goats curd.

Cafe by day, Topolski's transforms as the sun goes down to become a lively bar by night: after sundown, the menu is restricted to a series of sharing plates and platters, whilst a selection of infused vodkas and craft European beer completes the picture.



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Topolski Gallery and Bar
Concert Hall Approach (behind the Royal Festival Hall), London, SE1 8XU

South London

Nearest station:
Waterloo (Tube)
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Topolski serves up a series of Eastern European favourites, including Zurek and Borsch. In the evening, the menu is reduced to a series of sharing plates and platters.

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Bar staff very friendly and helpful - many thanks! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 24 Oct 2016
27 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Great service, vibe and everything went very smoothly. And the art was a real talking point. Thanks Topolski! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 21 Oct 2016
22 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Great atmosphere and decor but food was extremely disappointing. The mother board was enough as a starter for two at a push and not worth £22 at all. The pizzas were also wafer thin. The four of us dining were left hungry but reluctant to spend anymore on food given the sizes of the portions. Would visit again but definitely only for drinks. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 20 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Excellent experience with well organised staffs! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 20 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016 by anonymous

We used the private room at Topolski for a surprise 30th and it was absolutely brilliant. The staff were amazing, so attentive. Thank you! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 20 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Very pleasant staff and an amazing venue! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 15 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Have been several times and this place has now become a firm Southbank favourite of mine. Great cocktails, energetic vibe and friendly staff have me rate this place 5 stars nic86 visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 01 Oct 2016
02 Oct 2016 by nic86

I booked an archway for a friend's birthday here and we could not have asked for a better venue. The booking was made very easy and it was easy to keep in contact. The vibe on the night was exactly what we were after and the staff were lovely. Natalie visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 24 Sep 2016
26 Sep 2016 by Natalie

I had my birthday party here and it was great! We had Arch 3 with about 25 people. It was a great space- and easy to get drinks. Service was very good! I would definitely recommend it highly. Karen visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 09 Sep 2016
25 Sep 2016 by Karen

Really fun and great location. Got a room under arch 3 with a ping pong table. Loads of room and great food and drinks. Have had birthday here two years in a row now and had as much of a buzz on a wed as a Friday. Philippa visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 21 Sep 2016
22 Sep 2016 by Philippa

Nice evening for a drink and bite to eat for two. Booked a table that was waiting for me. Food was yummy, drink selection small but good. Will happily go back again! andrewmt visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 21 Sep 2016
22 Sep 2016 by andrewmt

Thanks for a great night Bar Topolsky. Friendly staff who did everything to accommodate us and make sure 100 of us had a terrific night. I will definitely organise other networking nights with you. Warmest. Nicola
09 Aug 2016 by idontwatogiveallmydetails

Booked for our work summer party, the staff were absolutely excellent throughout the whole process, and were on hand and attentive and flexible all evening. We booked arch three and had a ping pong tournament. It was really warm in arch three, but staff provided a much appreciated fan before our guests had even started to arrive. finella_louise visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 21 Jul 2016
25 Jul 2016 by finella_louise

We had a great night at Topolski. We booked the private area with ping pong table which was great fun. The staff were friendly and incredibly helpful. Food was great, such a cool place, will definitely be back. clarefourie visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 31 Mar 2016
03 Apr 2016 by clarefourie

Chose it for my birthday last year, and came back this year! As well the great vibe, the private arch doesn't have a minimum spend, and does have ping pong! Kathryn visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 26 Feb 2016
29 Feb 2016 by Kathryn

Fab venue. We had a work do in Arch 3 which was just off the bar. What a cool space. We had a ping-pong table and a Grand piano. Funky, but also provatre space so we could talk. Delicious pizzas and sharing platters helped us through the booze! The bar was busy but service was pretty snappy. Never had to wait more than a few minutes! Why have we never been before! A gem of a bar!! I'd highly recommend Bar Topolski
19 Feb 2016 by achyuta

Really nice bar with lots of atmosphere. I was lucky enough to meet a really amazing girl here :) Would highly recommend for a fun and atmospheric place to have a drink
15 Jan 2016 by Adrian

Had a fantastic works reunion (34 guests) on Friday 18th December in Arch 3 at Topolski. Arch 3 is a separate room, off the main drinking area, with a table tennis table, and plenty of space. Would thoroughly recommend it. Despite the venue being busy, it never took long to get served at the bar. The music was loud in the main area, but in Arch 3, we were able to turn it down so we could hear each other properly. Really lovely evening. Would definitely book again, and recommend to others. vsoruth visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 18 Dec 2015
20 Dec 2015 by vsoruth

Had a brilliant birthday celebration on Friday 28th August at Topolski- booked out Arch 3 with the ping pong table. Good music and vibe. Great location and just chilled, easy and fun
30 Aug 2015 by anjalimehra

Fantastic evening, I reserved an area for my birthday and the staff were amazing. Great atmosphere, music not too loud, but enough to create a good atmosphere. Brilliant evening and would definitely return here! Close to the station too - bonus!
24 Aug 2015 by lucy1956

Great venue for our team outing. Cool, different bar with a great little private function area within the arches. Food was good and the cocktails were great. Only one qualm - the staff seemed quite put out by us staying a bit later than last orders, and as we had spent a lot of money that night, I would have thought they would have been slightly more accommodating. Other than that, a good night had by all. Thank you.
17 Aug 2015 by sophiecut

So far I have only been to Topolski in the evening, as I work during the day on the other side of London, but its location close to Waterloo makes it a great place to meet up with my partner before our trip home. The staff are always welcoming, and the 2-4-1 offers very good. The bar snacks are good value - the meat and cheese plate for 2 keeps our glasses of wine good company.
29 Jun 2015 by kevintheb

What an amazing venue, with helpful staff. Perfect for my meeting and great cocktails for follow. I had a gathering for 20 people and nothing was too much trouble. Will be back for sure. thanks
02 Mar 2015 by andrewkemsley

I had a table reserved for 2 at 19:45 on Friday night. When I arrived (exactly on time) I went to the bar and asked where the table was. The bar man was extremely rude and stand offish and after huffing and puffing went to ask a colleague about the table. He then came back and said he couldn't help me, he was too busy and that I should find the table myself. I then asked him what non-alcoholic drinks you served and he looked positively disgusted. I then ordered a soda water, which he served in a very rude way, slamming the change into my hand. I was unable to find the reserved table and ended up standing in a corner.
02 Feb 2015 by clairebower1985

looks pretty cool, will have to check it out!
23 Oct 2013 by londonlover99

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