Sue's Eats – at the Skylon

Many visitors come to London to explore the South Bank area and there are loads of places to eat for all pockets and tastes.  I like to get away from the crowds and head into Skylon, which is a bit of treat, tucked away inside the Royal Festival Hall.  Turn left as you enter for the grill section, which is kinder on the pocket than the restaurant but gives you the same great views out to the river through the massive windows.

I discovered another great reason to eat at Skylon when I took a friend who is gluten-intolerant and found that the staff could not have been more helpful. The waiter went through the menu pointing out suitable dishes, and then, without being asked, brought a second basket of bread full of lovely wheat-free rolls. We were in a bit of rush as we were there just before Christmas so we went straight to the main courses and I tested their tasty homemade burger accompanied by a bowl of gorgeous thick cut chips. My friend chose the lamb which was cooked just right, full of flavour and came with healthy portions of spinach, carrots and creamy dauphinoise style potatoes.

Sadly we had to skip dessert but we saw some fabulous looking creations going past and really wished we had time to try the passionfruit cheesecake. The coffee was good and strong to round off our lunch, hich overall was great value considering the quality of the cooking and the service – their a set lunch menu costs just £18 for 2 courses (£21 for 3 courses). So when you find ourselves around the South Bank, do check out Skylon for lunch and you'll feel well fed and well refreshed for more exploring.

Sue runs It’s Your London, a tour company offering tailor-made tours for small groups who want a personalised experience of London. She also eats out a lot (!) and always shares her latest restaurant visits with Cool Places.