6 cocktail bars with views in southbank

Published: 18/09/2020

The end of a long day at your desk, either at home or in the office, calls for a glass of something cool and refreshing to unwind and destress.

Below are some of our team's favourite haunts with amazing views for after-work drinks.

GŎNG Bar at The Shard

Cocktails taste even more delicious when there's a breath-taking view of the city's skyline, especially when it's from the 52nd floor. Try the Baijiu cocktail, a punchy cocktail mixed with Roku, green Chartreuse, Campari, and Antica Formula, or the Princess of China, a more delicate cocktail made with kumquat, raspberry, the 'yellow widow' (Veuve Clicquot), and Cocchi Americano.

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Skylon Bar

Sitting snugly in the Royal Festival Hall, this is a destination in its own right for those seeking a cocktail oasis. Grab one of the 50s-style armchairs for a seat overlooking the river, skyline, and people going about their daily business. Take in the sunset while sipping a martini or a Cîroc vodka with green apple liqueur, fresh lime, and apple juice, while soaking up the buzzy atmosphere.

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A gin lover's paradise with an extraordinary treasure trove of over 100 different gins. With amazing views of the Houses of Parliament, innovative beverages, and a delightful setting, Gillray’s is without a doubt one of the best bars on the South Bank.

Try one of their signature cocktails, White Lion, like the lion by Westminster Bridge; this bold drink brings bitter flavours together with Amadeus Pink Peppercorn gin and a touch of herbs to create the perfect aperitif.

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Lyaness is an innovative and fantastic bar with lush cocktails and a swanky setting overlooking the River Thames. It's in a league of its own when it comes to serving unforgettable drinks. This revamped, new version of Dandelyan Bar has a menu based on seven ingredients, with three cocktails exploring each flavour. Try the Mario Kart Spritz 14 Bacardi Carta Blanca, Infinite Banana, cider brandy, banana peel and leaf in this extremely glamorous bar.

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OXO Tower Bar

One of London's most iconic landmarks, with views of London to match, OXO Tower Bar is perfect for after-work cocktails and to watch the city sparkle as the nights draw in.

The cocktails are delicious, but it's the 800-bottle strong wine list that stands out.

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BFI Riverfront

With spectacular views of Waterloo Bridge and the River Thames, BFI’s Riverfront Restaurant & Bar is Southbank's hottest spot. The main bar is buzzy with oodles of atmosphere and The Drawing Room Bar is tucked away behind a secret bookcase, for a more intimate experience. The bartenders excel in crafting innovative cocktails but they also have a variety of craft beers for you to flex your taste buds around.

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