Topolski Gallery and Bar

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Description

Topolski gallery, cafe, bar, venue 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 cafe and bar hang a series of paintings produced by the man himself. The venue also plays host to specially curated live music events and club nights.

Topolski by day serves pressed juices, soups, stews, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, sharing boards, fair trade coffee and cakes with a carefully selected playlist of down-tempo grooves. By night Topolski serves flatbread pizzas, meat, cheese and vegetarian sharing boards, irresistible bar snacks, classic cocktails, quality wines, popular range of beer and cider with a modern, upbeat playlist.

  • For private bookings Topolski offers canapés and bowl food. This menu is available on request.
  • The popular 2-4-1 offer on selected drinks runs 5pm-6pm Monday to Sunday and includes all cocktails, prosecco, Moretti beer and a choice of red or white wines.
  • Topolski even has a ping pong table.

Info

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
16:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 00:00
12:00 01:00
12:00 01:00
16:00 23:00

Location

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

Area:
South London

Nearest station:
Waterloo (Tube)
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Menus

Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £5.00
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.50
Cocktail £9.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.25
Bottle of House Wine £22.00

Menus

Topolski day and night menu Download


This venue serves Italian and Middle Eastern food.

A word from the chef:
Topolski serves flatbread pizzas, meat, cheese & vegetarian sharing boards and irresistible bar snacks. For private bookings Topolski offers canapés and bowl food. This menu is available on request.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Topolski Gallery and Bar Venue Hire 170 290
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Easiest booking experience, we had the huge arch with the ping pong table. Great venue. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 18 Mar 2017
20 Mar 2017 by
5

Buzzing atmosphere... Mediocre cocktail and food visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 15 Mar 2017
16 Mar 2017 by
2

My reservered table was in a great location, wine was excellent, staff very friendly and bar location is within easy reach of Waterloo station. Can't wait to go again. A great evening had by all. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 15 Mar 2017
16 Mar 2017 by
5

Very nice atmosphere! Good food, but the service was very slow. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 14 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017 by
4

A Fantastic space for a group gathering, and a great selection of drinks and snacks! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 12 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017 by
5

Very nice chilled out place with good music. Easy to organise and friendly staff Ashish visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 10 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2017 by
5

Great atmosphere and very nice, friendly staff. Thanks for being so accommodating :) visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 10 Mar 2017
11 Mar 2017 by
5

Food & Service excellent - thank you visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 09 Mar 2017
10 Mar 2017 by
4

The staff were very friendly, and the space has a lot of character. But Archway No 3 was far, far noisier than it had been when I made the booking, and as a consequence a lot of our guests stayed less long than we'd expected. A good suggestion would be to make Arch 2 the noisy space for those who want to dance, and keep Arch 3 at a lower level so that conversation is possible. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Mar 2017
07 Mar 2017 by
4

Nice, but a bit noisy. Staff is courteous. Sauvignon blanc was quite weak. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Mar 2017
06 Mar 2017 by
4

Somewhere I read at this forum that you have to wait to long for your drinks and your meals! Let me ensure you; that is not the truth! Drinks in a minute and food after three! Greetings from Holland Art and Heleni visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Mar 2017
06 Mar 2017 by
4

The booking service was excellent and I was called a number of times to confirm once I'd booked online which was reassuring as I'd booked for a large group. Staff were very helpful when we were a bit late and our area was a good size and sufficient for our large group. The food was tasty and fresh. The cocktails were inventive but most of them were far too sweet. Some of the staff behind the bar were unsure when it came to making the cocktails and took a long time, so I would assume they need a bit more training. Otherwise, staff were friendly and it was a good atmosphere. the music was great (we enjoyed the garage!) and there was a good space for a dance. All in all a good night! I'm sure people in my group will be back. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 04 Mar 2017
06 Mar 2017 by
4

Buzzy bar with friendly staff visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 04 Mar 2017
05 Mar 2017 by
4

I celebrated my birthday for a party of 15 guests and the staff Bar was very accommodating making sure I was pleased with the location of my table. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Mar 2017
04 Mar 2017 by
5

great location, great staff - great night out! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 01 Mar 2017
02 Mar 2017 by
4

Great night, if only Happy Hour lasted longer! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 24 Feb 2017
26 Feb 2017 by
5

great place, food was really good. Only negative is you need more bar staff, it took a long time to get served. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 16 Feb 2017
17 Feb 2017 by
4

First 30 minutes it was a nightmare getting a drink, after that food/service/venue was excellent. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 15 Feb 2017
16 Feb 2017 by
4

No much beer choices. Just 2 people behind the bar for a SaturdayT night. Took almost 20 minutes each time to serve drinks. Otherwise a decent evening out. Sarthak visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 11 Feb 2017
12 Feb 2017 by
3

Very nice, good hospitality and service. Thanks visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 08 Feb 2017
10 Feb 2017 by
5

We were well looked after, booked a table and had a good time. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 08 Feb 2017
09 Feb 2017 by
5

We had the best night, best staff and the location was perfect! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Feb 2017
05 Feb 2017 by
5

Pizza and cocktails were out of this world. Mez our waitress went out of her way to ensure we recieved the highest standard of service. What a gal. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Feb 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
5

Good service. Amazing food ! Try the big sharing platter you won't be disappointed! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Feb 2017
04 Feb 2017 by
5

We had a great visit at Topolski. We had a private party and used the Arch 3 which was perfect for our event. Food was great and easy for a party with all the sharing platters. Would definitely recommend it for events. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 01 Feb 2017
03 Feb 2017 by
5

Have walked past this bar on numerous occasions but have never visited before. I booked a table for my birthday and it was a great success! Great ambiance, fantastic decor and friendly staff. The drinks were delicious, especially the Topolski sours! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 25 Jan 2017
26 Jan 2017 by
5

Great vibe! Relaxed and good food with good service. Able to easily accommodate bigger groups at very reasonable prices for London. Would absolutely go again! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 18 Jan 2017
19 Jan 2017 by
5

Friendly staff, lovely drinks - all good! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 06 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
5

Good vibe, just a bit dark. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 13 Jan 2017
15 Jan 2017 by
4

This place is vibeyyy. Their hummus is PENG. Like, seriously, just go for the hummus alone - you won't regret it. The cocktails gave me WINGS. I HAD A WHALE OF A TIME. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 13 Jan 2017
14 Jan 2017 by
5

Had a great time, was perfect for a birthday. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 13 Jan 2017
14 Jan 2017 by
4

Great place to reserve an area - friendly staff, good DJ, very accommodating! Excellent cocktails and nibbles. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 07 Jan 2017
09 Jan 2017 by
5

Like the venue although the staff weren't particularly friendly on the night. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 28 Dec 2016
30 Dec 2016 by
4

great - had a nice time visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 22 Dec 2016
23 Dec 2016 by
5

The location is great but I do wish there was a more varied selection of beers visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 21 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016 by
4

Friendly , helpful bar staff . The lunch menu was a little limits if you didn't want pizza or sandwiches but nice food . visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 20 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
4

Reserving table easy and table available on arrival. Wine and cheese, meat and vegetarian boards all good. Sound level good for talking. A little too dark for reading menu and seeing food so needed to use phone torch on several occasions. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 20 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
4

great night had a slight issue with a member of the bar staff which was sorted by one of the manager to our satisfaction. Everyone enjoyed themselves. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 15 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
4

We're grateful to Topolski, their staff and Vincente in particular for making our experience in booking and hosting our office Christmas party extremely pleasant and fun. Vincente was patient, flexible and serviceable to us in the reservation process, and the room itself as well as the food and drink were delicious. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 19 Dec 2016
21 Dec 2016 by
5

Great night! Good vibes and good location. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 19 Dec 2016
20 Dec 2016 by
5

Great bar. Bar staff were friendly and experienced and the music was great. Fantastic vibe visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 17 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
5

Great night .. than you .. will be back ! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 17 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
5

I booked Arch 3 for my husband's 40th birthday and a great time was had by all! Food, drinks, room and general ambience were all lovely and I won't hesitate to come back, either for a quiet coffee or another special occasion. Thank you, Vicente and staff! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 17 Dec 2016
18 Dec 2016 by
5

We went to Topolski for our work Christmas drinks. The bar is well located near to Waterloo and the South Bank. We pre-booked an area and some sharing platters which were tasty and quick to come. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. Would definitely recommend for drinks and nibbles. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 14 Dec 2016
15 Dec 2016 by
5

Nice venue, atmosphere and cocktail list. However, we booked a table for food as well, and two members of our party weren't able to order any. The staff closed the kitchen around 7:30pm, saying that they were too busy. As far as I'm aware, it wasn't reopened. This meant our colleagues went without food for the entire evening, while the rest of us ate (we shared what we had, but one person had different dietary requirements). A longer-than-usual wait would have been completely understandable. Closing the kitchen so early and without notice seems particularly poor service, and makes me less inclined to book again. visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 12 Dec 2016
13 Dec 2016 by
3

We had a good time and loved the atmosphere (lighting, music). Keep up the good work! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 11 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016 by
5

I arrange birthday drinks for my friends 30th bay. It was a great bar for social drinks and we all had a amazing time. We were booked in arch 2 which was big and airy which was perfect for our group. We were running late and wanted to ensure that we could still keep our booking but you don't seem to be able to get hold of anyone past 6pm. This caused some unnecessary stress and it would be good if you could call a bar in the evening. Lovisa visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 10 Dec 2016
11 Dec 2016 by
5

Lovely space for a gathering, and we all had a great time, thanks! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 06 Dec 2016
07 Dec 2016 by
5

Great location for a Christmas party. Food was excellent. Drinks reasonably priced. I would definitely hire Arch 3 again! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 30 Nov 2016
06 Dec 2016 by
5

Good vibe but plenty of space! visited Topolski Gallery and Bar on 03 Dec 2016
04 Dec 2016 by
4

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