Summer is all about BBQs with friends on a sunny day. Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club is back on the South Bank this year, offering a great range of burgers and grilled meats from their walk-up bar. Book one of the Patch & Picnic lawn patches and while away the day playing quintessentially summer games including boules, beach tennis and swing-ball. If you’re looking for something that extra bit special, indulge in the six-course tasting menu at their riverside rooftop restaurant.
Based in Borough Market, family-run Applebee’s Fish restaurant take on a new venture with their first pop-up on the South Bank. The team at Applebee’s are experts at keeping things simple without compromising on quality. Fancy a little bit of Cornwall in the heart of London? Try the mouth-watering fish and chips or freshly shucked oysters, complemented with a refreshing glass of champagne or pint of cold beer.
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden Bar
Consistently ranked as one of London’s best rooftop bars, our award-winning Roof Garden sits atop Queen Elizabeth Hall with stunning views of the Thames and the city’s iconic skyline. Whether you’re a garden enthusiast or looking for that Instagrammable backdrop, our rooftop garden is the perfect spot for an ice-cold summer drink with friends.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Southbank Centre Food Market, you may have already stopped by Elephant Juice. However, exclusively for summer, they also have a great spot on the riverfront, open every day. Start your health kick with their super fresh juices and smoothies, all made from raw ingredients and sustainable sources. If you’re looking for something a bit more naughty, try their delicious range of fruity cocktails.
Oh My Dog!
Oh My Dog! are back at Southbank Centre to introduce you to a whole new world of frankfurter goodness. As tasty as they are messy, their franks are made from high-welfare prime cuts featuring handmade pillowy brioche buns and game-changing toppings including a bourbon marinate, a cheddar-topped Chili-Steak Dog and every bacon lover’s favourite, The Baconator. They also have a number of hearty plant-based options on their menu for the veggies and vegans out there.
The Hop Locker
It’s easy to see why The Hop Locker has been voted Waterloo and Southwark’s best bar in Time Out’s Love London Awards. Known for its constantly rotating taps, serving a great range of local and international beers, The Hop Locker is the place to be if you’re fanatical about beer and ale. If beer isn’t your tipple of choice, they’ve got you covered with a wide range of wine, cocktails and soft drinks.
Truffles, of the funghi variety, are increasingly gaining popularity not just in the culinary world. In the past, this luxurious ingredient was savoured only by the rich and famous but now we can all get on this trend thanks to the team at Truffle. Only a year old, Truffle has taken the London food scene by storm, serving some of the best street food London has to offer. Try their truffled burgers, steaks and delicious sides suitable for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
Brother and sister team Stacked take the traditional Scandinavian snack Dutch pancakes and turn them into something very special. The hot-off-the-griddle pancakes can be topped with a wide range of scrummy treats of your choosing. Keep it simple with lemon juice and icing sugar or go all out with nutella, fresh fruit, mini marshmallows and caramelised nuts, and more, if you have a sweet tooth.
The SNOG Frozen Yogurt bus
Look out for the return of SNOG Frozen Yogurt in their bright pink neon-lit Routemaster bus – it’s impossible to miss it! The SNOG Frozen Yogurt Bus serves freshly-made, natural and fat-free organic frozen yoghurt. If you’re looking for a psychedelic setting to enjoy your (largely) guilt-free summer snog, this is a must.
Southbank Centre Food Market
Our Southbank Centre Food Market, open every Friday to Sunday, is a foodie's paradise with an incredible range of street food. From vegetarian Indian to Korean burritos, and Japanese katsu to Mauritian curries, we’ve got options from just about every continent. Whatever floats your boat, the weekly Food Market has something to satisfy every taste bud.
All our summer pop-ups and restaurants can be found here at Southbank Centre until the end of September. The Southbank Centre Food Market is open Fridays to Sundays and also on Bank Holiday Mondays all year round. We also have an abundance of permanent cafes, restaurants and bars for you to choose from.