Restaurants near the Southbank
When all else has failed and your London-love is in danger of leaving forever then a trip to the Southbank is needed. From The Globe theatre to the London Eye, there's something charming about this side of London. To top it off, there's some cracking Southbank restaurants, all serving fresh, delicious food and often with some of the best views of The Thames. Read on for our list of the best restaurants on and near Southbank.
Last updated on 6th January 2017
So you're going to have to cross a bridge to get here but Northbank Restaurant has some pretty unbeatable views of Southbank. Located right on the river, the restaurant serves a delicious variety of food inspired by the West Country, from ale to seafood from Cornwall.
This Southbank restaurant is a stone's throw from the Tate Modern and River Thames and is perfect for a lunch pitstop or sophisticated dinner. The breezy eatery is in the landmark Blue Fin Building and has an open kitchen to watch your modern European cuisine being prepared.
The Deck has some of the most amazing views of Southbank in London. Located on the top of the National Theatre, the private hire restaurant looks out over the city and river; enjoy an intimate meal with friends and family or organise a work dinner with a difference.
For escapism and a dose of sunshine, Camino Bankside in the middle of Southwark has got you sorted. Their light and airy modern diner is a great restaurant near Southbank, serving Spanish tapas and traditional dishes, what more could you ask for?
Belushis London Bridge is not just a restaurant close to Southbank, it is also a party place and great spot to catch the sport with seven large screens and DJs playing late into the night. The menu is American styled and full of dishes such as nachos and burgers.
With a petanque pitch, a private terrace and plenty of bars, Balls Brothers Hay's Galleria is the perfect spot for a meal near Southbank. The restaurant serves hearty dishes such as roasted shoulder of lamb and confit of duck and has a fun atmosphere which is great for after-work drinks.
Tucked away minutes from London bridge, this quirky spot is a hidden gem serving amazing cocktails and sharing boards and plates. Order a cheese board or something delicious sourced from nearby Borough market and tuck into their tasty cocktails that are handcrafted by expert mixologists.
Close to Borough Market and London Bridge, Heeltap is a modern restaurant near Southbank complete with cosy sofas and a terrace. If you're after sports, the bar has TV screens to show the best fixtures live, a huge range of beers and ales and private function rooms available for hire.
With dishes that centre on the seasons, incredible burgers and a stylish and industrial interior, The Table Cafe is a lovely little spot for eating on the Southbank. The communal dining space looks through floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a relaxed dining atmosphere.
At the foot of The Shard, Jamies London Bridge is a homely and cosy eatery to have a Southbank meal. The restaurant focuses on seasonal produce and high quality dishes such as burgers and filling sarnies; there's an extensive wine list and several areas available for private hire.
Sat right on the Thames, Founders Arms is a scenic spot for dinner on the Southbank. The restaurant specialises in homely comfort food, with dishes such as beer-battered fish and chips and steak and ale pies adorning the menu. Watch the world float by on the Thames from the terrace come summer or snuggle up inside in the cooler months.
The Riverfront is in one of London's most popular spots, sat right near The Thames on the buzzy South Bank in the BFI building. The light and airy restaurant is a great stop for a refuel after a wander along the river; try the pulled pork burger or a plate of loaded nachos for pure food indulgence.
Filled with cosy armchairs, books and cuddly corners, Benugo Bar and Kitchen is the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend on the South Bank. The venue is located within the BFI and serves a hearty menu of burgers and salads as well as a whole host of cocktails.
With quirky and cute interiors, a sumptuous cocktail list and delicious food, Tanner and Co is a relaxed place to eat close to Southbank. The former warehouse has been transformed with leather sofas and a nautical theme making it the perfect spot for lunch or dinner near the Southbank.
With regular deals such as 2-4-1 curry dishes on Tuesdays and reduced bottles of wine on Wednesdays, Slug and Lettuce in Borough is an affordable eating option near Southbank. The chain restaurant specialises in modern European cuisine and is minutes away from huge sites such as The Shard, Tate Modern and London Dungeons.
R.S Hispaniola is moored in a prime location on the South Bank. The swanky boat has two floors of seating, from the lower deck which is filled with chic interiors, through to the outside deck, perfect for a spot of afternoon tea. Enjoy views over the Houses of Parliament and London Eye while munching on a delicious fare of British and European cuisine.