The Archduke

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Set on the South Bank, moments from world-famous London attractions like the IMAX, London Eye and Royal Festival Hall, The Archduke restaurant and wine bar is a local landmark in itself, set in to the old railway arches surrounding Waterloo Station. The first London restaurant to open in this area, The Archduke has gone through several incarnations since 1979 but is still as fresh as ever with sleek, simple furniture set against the old bare brick walls and contemporary glass frontage. Jazz music gently floats through speakers, performed six nights a week live in the bar, as diners indulge in comforting modern European cuisine including excellent steaks (it’s owned by the steakhouse Black and Blue group) and simple roast chicken served with your choice of sides dishes. The view of the London Eye from the terrace is spectacular and worth lingering over.

Venue name: The Archduke
Address: Concert Hall Approach South Bank
Price: £26 to £40

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will T

Really bad experience.

Horrible racist bar staff.

Please do not go here.

They are nasty nasty people and don't deserve your custom


I knew the Archduke in the early 1980s when it was a wonderful and affordable place which offered galettes and cidre bouché as well as more standard wine-bar fare, so I was sorry to find that its current incarnation has not only vastly expanded space - although the glassed-in ground floor is welcome - but lost its originality, due no doubt to having been taken over by a chain steakhouse. We only came in for an early evening drink but they were good about letting us sit for ages over a couple of glasses of pleasant, if unremarkable and rather pricey rosé. No view worth contemplating on that side of the ground floor but we weren't there for that anyway.


This is a really pleasant restaurant, service is good and quick, food is very nice and there's a band playing live jazz music which makes the whole thing even more enjoyable. Definitely worth trying!