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September 16 2023

Best Bars in South Bank


The bars on the South Bank bend of the Thames are the perfect spot for a riverside drink – in a culturally rich part of the capital. Tate Modern, London Aquarium and London Eye are all here. It’s no wonder the neighbourhood is a favourite for locals as well as tourists. Among the art, attractions and street performers are a few really cool bars with incredible views, vibes and drinks. So if you’re in the area, stop at these top South Bank bars. 



Limin Southbank is a Caribbean outdoor bar in South Bank with its own sandy beach. With a strong focus on Trinidad and Tobago flavours, it loads its plates with marinated pork ribs, rum cake and Trinidadian street food. Cool down the fiery spices with a moreish rum punch and enjoy Caribbean tunes for a year-round summer vibe. There’s a personal touch to the cooking, drinks and welcome that makes this place special. There’s also a large indoor/outdoor seating area to protect you from the elements. 


OXO Tower

An iconic London landmark since the 1930s, the OXO Tower has a stunning modern bar. Head to the eighth floor for impressive skyline views through floor-to-ceiling windows of this cocktail bar on South Bank’s riverside. There’s also a 200-ft outdoor terrace for sunny drinks. The wine list has over 800 options, and the cocktails are impressive too. Fancy a bite to eat? There’s weekend brunch on the terrace, an express lunch on weekdays and you can order bar bites every evening.  


The Archduke

Just steps from the Royal Festival Hall, The Archduke wine bar opened in 1979, making it South Bank’s first bar. In the Victorian railway arches, this legendary bar has famous weekend evening jazz nights accompanied by an extensive cocktail menu. The Archduke is also a steakhouse restaurant, so you can tuck into a côte de boeuf steak, rotisserie chicken or a burger stack if you’re feeling peckish. There are plenty of good bars in South Bank, but the unique setting, jazz tunes and fun vibes puts The Archduke up there with the best.


Thistle Bloomsbury Park, Thistle Trafalgar Square and Thistle Holborn are all just across the river from South Bank, so you can visit the bars and local attractions with ease and enjoy a comfortable stay with us.