Skylon … classy fun on the Southbank

When I visited: Various times from 2014-2017

Location: London, near Waterloo

Team: Adam Gray (Head Chef), Marco Marcuzzo (Head Sommelier)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress

Ambience: Southbank setting, smart/casual

Course of the meal: Beetroot and goat’s cheese

If I could change one thing: More innovative main courses


In a not dissimilar way to 28-50 degrees, this restaurant feels quite healthy, with lots of tasty, light fish dishes, but perhaps with a more European/British as opposed to Icelandic slant. The drinks are great too, with some lovely and lethal cocktails (try the Vesper). This is a good choice to visit spontaneously either for lunch or dinner.

For an example meal which I had in January 2017:

My partner Owl and I went for the set (pre-theatre) menu and both opted for the beetroot and goat’s cheese starter – this is a classic combination which isn’t always well-executed, but in this case it was beautifully presented and very tasty. I had chicken with vegetables and hand-cut chips for my main, and my partner Owl had cod with chowder – both were tender and well-balanced.

Unfortunately, the desserts let the meal down a bit – my partner Owl’s Black Forest roll was OK if not remarkable, but my white chocolate with kirsch cherries and trifle was just too big, too creamy without being full of flavour, and unbalanced – the cakey bits at the bottom were way too rich and hard to get to.

We enjoyed a good white Burgundy carafe which went well with everything – Skylon does have a good wine selection. However, the service throughout was just too slow – they took ages to even give us our menus at the beginning, and to bring the bill.

I would still recommend Skylon but I think sometimes its menus and service are a little uneven.

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