A cultural wonderland, Southbank stretches two miles along the Thames, with Tate Modern and the National Theatre its iconic centrepieces. It also has an abundance of dining – some of it in expensive tourist traps, but the best restaurants in Southbank serve plates of deliciousness well worth seeking out.
Butlers Wharf Chop House
Its incredible close-up views of Tower Bridge create quite the first impression, and its beautifully prepared meat, packed with earthy flavour, just elevates the experience. This is a steak restaurant Southbank tourists love, and locals return to again and again. The Robata Grill celebrates regularly changing rare and traditional dairy cattle breeds and the bibs are a sign things could get juicy. Go on a Sunday for prime cuts of meat with huge Yorkshire puddings, heavenly roast potatoes and bottomless gravy.
Colourful bohemian decor, flickering candles and Buddha statues create a quirky unique dining space to enjoy creative dishes mixing Thai and Malay ingredients. The innovative and creative menu at this popular Thai restaurant in Southbank has plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes, like spicy yellow turmeric young-banana curry and a baked fresh shitake mushroom with a potato edamame dumpling. Just around the corner from The Shard, this is a treasure for Asian fusion food fans. Book a table on the cute mezzanine for a romantic date night.
Gourmet Pizza Company
Southbank pizza restaurants are plentiful, so being the best one is no mean feat, but Gourmet Pizza Company certainly deserves a spot near the top. The chefs consistently excel in their pizza and pasta dishes, each one made with fresh local ingredients. The views are winning too. In the sunshine, the outside deck is perfect for people watching. If you can manage it, leave room for dessert – the summer berry meringue sundae is sublime.
Ping Pong, Southbank
A pleasant stroll from the London Eye, Ping Pong, Southbank loads your table with baskets of divine dim sum and dumplings, satisfies those bau bun cravings and makes stunning cocktails, too. The lively atmosphere and sharing menus make Ping Pong fantastic for groups happy to share and dip into each other’s sauces. Saturday’s Bottomless Brunch from noon comes with tunes to get the weekend started. Weekday happy hours and Lazy Sumdays keep the dim sum coming.
Southbank’s museums, theatres, parks and these top-notch restaurants are just a short walk from The Clermont, Charing Cross. Book one of our luxury rooms or suites for an elegant stay and enjoy warm hospitality, with our team ensuring you get the most out of your time in the capital.