Skylon Restaurant London

Skylon Restaurant London


Skylon restaurant feels close to South banks very own sector of heaven. It’s not often that a restaurant offers such an embarrassment of riches for the eyes as well as the taste buds, but this one has managed it.

The centrepiece bar, for one, is stationed in the midst of a cascading crown of flowers like a welcoming bouquet on our arrival. In any other, less marvellous, location, the plumage of violet that framed the mixologists apart from the diners would have been enough to hold our attention. But Skylon has taken to the sky: located on the third floor of The Royal Festival Hall in the iconic South-bank centre, this fine venue offers guests one of the most exclusive viewing spots in the city. Aloft on it’s own special plateau of London — somewhere between the spindle heart of the London eye and the surface of the Thames that runs parallel to the restaurants generous portions of wall-size windows — we couldn’t ask for a better show with dinner than the ever-moving, ever-fascinating spectacle of the city itself.

The menu itself, led by executive chef Helena Puolakka, reminded us of the building we were visiting; the classic with the new.
British ingredients have been placed with love at the forefront of the dishes whilst still being touched by a contemporary vision — in much the same way that the South bank centre respects its roots in traditional festival culture of London whilst still making the most of modern architecture to dazzle diners the best angles of the city’s Thames.

A party of three, we made the most of Skylon restaurant’s a la carte options. Two partook in the hearty sharing option of Beef Wellington, served with the quintessentially British flair of Charlotte potatoes and that profuse seared flavour that matched the searing heatwave in the city just beyond the glass over our shoulders. Otherwise, the Dorset crab on toast and chilled avocado soup made a moreish lighter option. Starters and bar side snacks were even served in rustic ‘copper’ cooking pots to add even more charm to the surroundings.
At the Skylon, the sights synthesise with the flavours on offer to make us truly feel swept up in London as a sensory afternoon. Waiting by the bar, one can see the famed red double-decker buses skirting the horizon on the silhouette of Waterloo bridge — the shape of them was so visible they seemed to slip through the bottom of wine glasses every time we took a sip, like the last dregs of the fine Malbec blend red we just had to sample.

Skylon is great for all ages with a general atmosphere of gaiety. The Mini Fish and Chip and ice-cream selection ensures kids won’t falter at the height. And For the grown-ups: the weekend’s saxy brunch offer a multitude of cocktails from the Bellini, to the Espresso Martini to sip whilst savouring the picturesque line of sight — one of the view’s in London at Skylon. Image source

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Skylon Restaurant London Cuisine, Dress Code & Address

Cuisine: British, Vegetarian Friendly

Dress Code: Smart Casual 

Area: South Bank

Address: Belvedere Rd, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX


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