Skylon

3.9
2024 reviews
£26 to £40
British
In line with government advice, we are operating a COVID-19 secure management system* in our restaurant and details of the controls we have in place can be found on our website.
We trust that you are adhering to the governments’ legislation in respect of meeting friends and family outside of your household. We can now only accept people dining outdoors.

Finally, please note that the last seating is at 9.45pm before the restaurant closes at 10pm.

Skylon is set in the middle of the vibrant South Bank with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the Thames. With a seasonal British menu offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the restaurant provides the perfect setting for any occasion.

Experiences

  • Skylon Set Menu | Two/Three Courses £30/£35

    £29.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy two courses for £25 or three courses for £29 including a glass of Nyetimber from our Set Menu. Available Monday to Friday for lunch and Monday to Saturday for dinner until 29th January.
  • Valentine's Day Menu | Five Courses £95

    £95.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Enjoy a romantic evening at Skylon with riverside views and five courses for £95 per person this Valentine's Day. Menu available from 5pm – 9pm on 14th February only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2024 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
3.8
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.5
Value
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vipAlanaWoking
London
231 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really great place location is marvellous on a good day or night views are fabulous food is always wonderfully cooked and beautifully presented, all at very reasonable prices.
Firmly in my London top 5 all rounders.

BM
vipBobM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Saxophonist was brilliant

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alext
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Christmas Eve at Skylon.
We have been coming to Skylon on and off for over a decade but this will be our last visit. We had a decidedly average visit shortly after the first Lock Down was lifted but put it down to all things Covid…
The food was overpriced and the service (save for an attentive waitress who eventually came to our aid) was non existent. The menu advertised online - a set deal for around £80 - wasn’t available so we were limited to what was then on offer. A little disappointing given it was Christmas Eve.
After a passable starter, my wife had to return her cold duck which was tough and had flabby skin. I rarely complain but even I struggled with my duck which was much the same, saved only by a thin but herby sauce. The accompanying boiled vegetables were just that. Unseasoned and undressed.
Needless to say we skipped desert.
Not a great experience and one that we won’t dare repeat.

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Bods
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting with amazing London views...you can't beat it. Skylon always hits the mark. The set menu was excellent value, the staff were attentive and friendly, the food was delicious and beautifully presented. A lovely evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

The service was dreadful.

DT
DaveT
Berkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

We ate here saturday evening, my wife ordered the fillet steak , the so call fillet was actually a sirloin steak and badly cooked as well. This was brought to Alex attention (server) who couldn't aplogies enough and took it away, but for them to try pass on a different cut of meat was very bad, also the addtional red wine sauce that was an additional cost was extremely poor and the colour was almost orange nothing like any red wine sauce we had before.

The burger i had was mediocre at best, i have had better burgers in lay-by cafe.
Chips where good.

Alex our server was very good , but i wouldn't recommend this place to anyone who us looking for good food.

ME
MargaretE
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

In spite of a mediocre rating, the Skylon was good. Our Saturday evening visit before a show met with very slow service (1 hour for appetizers, 1-1/2 hours for delivery of main courses) and a very loud environment. When we finally got our mains, 3 out of 4 dishes were not what we ordered. Because we had to leave, we ate what was probably someone else’s dinner!
However, the food was very good and the view of London and the Thames is wonderful. Better timing from the kitchen and servers would have gotten them a 5 out of 5.

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camillab
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

Unfortunately this restaurant has gone really downhill, there use to be a formal section with good food and a really occasion to eat out there. We sent back 2 or the mains from the table and were brought something different form the menu. They were not very good either so we were not charged for food. The kind waiter who was very good seemed to understand - i imagine this was happening frequently - and manage the situation well. sad to see a place like this go to ruin, such a good location.

FM
vipFarookM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Service was slow but otherwise a good evening.

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Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I am 26 weeks pregnant and was served undercooked chicken. Due to the poor lighting in the restaurant I didn’t notice it was undercooked until I’d eaten half of it. I was told the restaurant would e-mail me later that evening to reassure where the chicken came from and how it was prepared but I have not heard from them in 48 hours.
In addition my pumpkin soup starter was cold and the restaurant was clearly understaffed.
Extremely disappointing and stressful experience. Would never eat here again.

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Robiles
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We arrived at our reservation time and were told to have a drink in the bar as they were preparing our table
We were unable to order a drink for 15 mins and then when we did manage to order one it never materialised.
I had to find a waitress to ask if we could get seated at our table- she did do 30 mins after booking-still no refreshments.
The food was good but v expensive-the wine was way overpriced with the restaurant charging c£90 for a £22 bottle of Barolo

The views made it v Christmassy and it was a nice treat to see our son but nothing about the greeting service and food/drink felt like a £500 meal for 3 people

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Reviewer
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Skylon is usually a lovely experience, recently food was ok, but service was shockingly disappointing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The restaurant looks very nice, has a great views, good food however the service lets it completely down.

We went to a show and told the person taking our order we only had 1hr 30. So we chose from the 3 course set menu. The time between the courses was terrible. It’s like they forgot we were there.
Since the gap between to courses was so long we had to stop the dessert. When we did this we asked for the bill. It came to us with the dessert where we again described that we didn’t want the dessert as we were now out of time. They did take the desserts off however I quickly paid for the meal I didn’t notice the bill

There was a 13% service charge on it I would have taken off the bill as it wasn’t deserved. The poor table next to us had to get up to get their wine as it was in an ice bucket near the table but no one was topping up their wine.

The rest of the experience was good but very let down on the service. One good step would be empowering their colleagues to be able to make decisions rather than having to get a manager who then take as a long time to come to the table

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fculk
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Food was pretty average felt like batch cooked quite dry was quite disappointed staff were excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Server was rude. Ordered a drink which never came and with no apology.

TJ
TJB17
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The double height ceiling and flood of light from the river, is a stunning setting, it also means your table and conversation is private rather than just adding 'white noise' to the room. Very pleasant afternoon, would recommend strongly.

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foodieveg
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience4

Good was good and views were lovely
Service was incredibly slow even though there were lots of empty tables. We waited over an hour for our mains and had to ask twice about our coffees. Our waiter was kind and very nice but he was let down by the kitchen

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mcdocat
London
26 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice meal service was a bit slow to start but picked up - good value

MW
MartinW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and nice lively atmosphere. Great views over the river too.

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vipRomaE
London
32 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Incredible slow service which wasn’t ideal for a pre theatre dinner. Good food. Staff didn’t wear face masks.

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zeeee
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Really poor service, everything took ages (ordering a drink, paying) and the staff had an attitude. No one asked how the food was, and it wasn’t great - all undercooked/dry. Highly disappointed esp for the prices they charge. Would not recommend.

JD
JenniferD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent choice to go for romantic or intimate dinners with loved ones. Delicious food on the menu.

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Mandy
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location with views over the river. Great food. Live music (Saturday brunch) Freedlow Prosecco. Excellent service. Went for a catch up with girlfriends I haven’t seen for a while and had a lovely time.

MK
MonicaK
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We had a great table over looking the river. The service was attentive and the food was good. The tables were very close to one another would have preferred more space.

PB
vipPaulB14
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

We waited an hour for our table and drinks. The service was poor and the food average. Overall it was a very poor experience. The setting was lovely but the food and service did not meet my expectations at all for what was a special occasion. Disappointing experience overall

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Rocky89
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, good price when using the set menu, however I asked for a glass of house red and it was £16. Which is crazy pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere with an epic saxophonist. We’ll be coming back soon

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kays
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent staff. Lucky to have window seat. Stunning

IH
vipIanH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great location , decent food but modest portions. Wine list a little on the heavy side price wise, could use more house wine selections. The 1980’s expense accounts are long gone !!

MA
MaryAnne
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Skylon has been one of my firm favourite restaurants and I have been going there for about 10 years. It always delivers! Gorgeous location and food and service have always been super.
Sadly however it seems that post pandemic they are struggling with the service and are unable to keep up with the pace of a busy restaurant.

It took us 45 mins to be served a drink, another 45 mins for starters to arrive and then half an hour for our mains.
During this time I got up and chased the bar for our drinks and was told there was no order and then I spoke to the manager 4 times during the course of the meal to ask what was happening with the service. He said that they were really busy and “run off their feet with inexperienced staff”.

I totally empathise that the pandemic has left us in a different place with staff who are new to the industry but then they shouldn’t book so many tables until the team can get to the levels of service that are needed. It’s just not fair on clients who are paying too price and also not fair in the staff.
D&D need to rethink this.

Having been a regular customer visiting monthly and sometimes even more frequently, I will not be returning.

AP
AlanP
London
94 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Pre-theatre dining prior to a concert - not exactly a surprise for the staff at the RFH! The service was slow and poor - in the end I had to have a word with other staff and the Manager spoke to me. There were some mistake with the order and the food was OK but nothing more.
The view is very good.
There are now quite a lot of food outlets in this area and I would hesitate from booking this restaurant again - at least for a while.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

With the exception of the FOH the service was slow and bad. The food was ok. The only good thing was the atmosphere.

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flyforfun
London
25 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Service and food. What a difference 20 mins makes from being empty to busy.

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vipfoody
London
17 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Excellent set menu, great food and good value. Service was just rushed, too fast even though they didn't need the table back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

So service when available was very good but they are clearly understaffed. Great effort from those who were there and very good food and atmosphere.

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vipAlanaWoking
London
232 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming service at the table and food was, as usual, excellent, meat (chicken) perfect, tarragon jus was delicious, side vegetables, divine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

It’s a beautiful restaurant and the food was good but the service was awful. We wanted a cocktail before our meal and it took 40 minutes to arrive.

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vipHungryrabbit
London
483 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

A solo dining session with the Sunday papers. Food was lovely, wine was fantastic, service was a little too quick for my liking and I felt I was being rushed through my meal, as often happens when I dine alone. Slow it down a little, please!

JS
JayneS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

Seated late, no tablecloths - apparently only central tables get these, no menus when seated. Only had 1 menu (brunch) this was a lunch booking. Asked for a tablecloth, refused. Service was poor, waitresses clearly unhappy. Where was service with a smile? I am used to much much better service at Skylon. Saving grace - food was lovely and music excellent.

PH
vipPH3009
London
40 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, an excellent pre-theatre meal with delicious food and outstanding service.

FAQs

Skylon does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Skylon also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7654 7800.

Skylon is rated 3.9 stars by 2024 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.