Topolski Gallery and Bar Southbank Receives A Smattering Of Culture
Concert Hall Approach (behind the Royal Festival Hall), London, SE1 8XU
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What they say:

Taking its namesake from the 20th Century war artist, Feliks Topolski, and paying homage in its entirety to his legacy, Topolski opens to the public in November as one of the first Southbank openings in recent months. The new project is launched in collaboration with the Topolski family, and with the support of the Southbank Centre. Serving food throughout the day, the menu has been composed by Company of Cooks chef Bruce Wilson and Claire Clark, taking its cue from a range of Eastern European cuisines. In the evening, the bar staff serve infused vodkas and craft beers come nightfall to late night, Southbank culture seekers.

What we say:

The opening of Topolski has sparked some criticism from those who resent the opening of a cafe and bar in a space formerly occupied by one of the most significant artists of the 20th Century. Well, perhaps these critics have a point - but you can't ignore the efforts the creative team behind this new endeavour have made to ensure that his legacy is duly noted. Topolski finds culture at its very epicentre: when one considers the history of the building, the Topolski works that line the walls of the interior, and the various goings on that event planners Wayne and Jack Hemingway have got up their sleeve, Topolski has no trouble fitting into the Southbank scene.