SkylonGet a different view of London's sky-high dining scene
Thanks to London’s increasingly testosterone-fuelled priapic skyline, it’s easy to eat in a restaurant with a view – as long as what you want is a view of London’s increasingly testosterone-fuelled priapic skyline crowding in on you. Great open river views are harder to come by. Unless you’re in Skylon – named for the elegant needle-thin sculpture that stabbed 100m up towards London’s skies and welcomed the world to the Festival of Britain in 1951. This bright restaurant sits breezily on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank, and if you bag a window table offers lovely Thames views to both east and west – in fact thanks to the full-height windows and lofty, light-filled space you have good views from pretty much anywhere in the restaurant.
And you get good food too; modern European cuisine that’s reasonably priced (another thing that’s getting harder to find in London) at around £15-£20 for a main course and a good range of wines by the glass starting at £5. The pre- and post-theatre menu is particularly good value at £20 for two courses or £25 for 3, so if the likes of duck terrine with pickles and sourdough followed by wood pigeon pithivier or perfectly pan-fried seabass and a selection of three British cheeses tickles your tastebuds, beat a path to the Southbank and sample a bit of London that stands as a testament to a great architectural heritage that wasn’t about tallest, biggest and brashest.
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