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4.9 /6 Excellent 92 Reviews

The Thames

Waterloo Indian £££ +100
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About The Thames

Please note: for bookings of over 10 diners, please call the restaurant directly. Thank you for your understanding.

Do you melt a little when when you hear someone whisper tandoori or curry? If so, you’re an irredeemable lover of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, and we are proud to recommend to you The Thames on Waterloo Road in London’s South Bank. Expect a warm welcome from staff and a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy a comprehensive South Asian menu. Ideally located close to Waterloo station and the entertainment options lined up in this part of London, The Thames is a great beginning or end to your evening.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 17:30 - 23:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:30
The Thames, 79 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UD London

Further Information

With The Thames Indian Restaurant just minutes from Waterloo station, BFI South Bank, the National Theatre and more of London’s cultural landmarks, you’ve found your pre- or post-entertainment dining spot in London. Book a table at this Waterloo Road restaurant and explore the world of South Asian spice. If you’re a real fan of chilli heat, make sure you try out The Thames’ wonderful naga chicken, prepared with fiery Bangladeshi habaneros.

The Thames, on Waterloo Road in London’s South Bank, prides itself on using only the freshest seasonal ingredients in order to make your experience of fine Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine unforgettable. Matched with a great drinks list and professional service, The Thames stands out from the crowd. As this place is only a short stroll from Waterloo Station, it is within easy reach from most parts of London. Whether or not you go for spicy vindaloo or the milder lasooni chicken, there’s something to please every palate at The Thames.


92 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 92 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 08:14

Nice and friendly. The food was delicious . Could do with opening the up stairs to allow more space. Very load group made it difficult to hear your own conversation.

14 reviews so far 6
19.06.2017 07:54

Pas beaucoup d'attente. L'accueil a été chaleureux. Il y a beaucoup de choix. La viande était très bonne. Nous y retournerons bientôt je pense. Je recommande.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 11:26

Great food and excellent service, we will definitely go back! Easy access as it is so close to Waterloo, so very convenient from almost anywhere.

4 reviews so far 6
03.02.2017 10:44

Absolutely fantastic... loved every minute of it, service and food tremendous as per usual... thank you once again The Thames, we'll be back for sure!!

2 reviews so far 4
12.06.2017 09:26

The food at The Thames was excellent. There were three of us and we all agreed on that. We would go again for the food. The staff were unfriendly and rushed us along through our meal. At one point we had to stop them from taking dishes off the table. They barely smiled and if anyone did it was frosty! At one point the waiter moved my son's bag from the floor to the free chair at our table by'dumping' it down without a word. He was like a cross parent! Maybe they didn't like us? In the reviews on your site I noted someone had said something similar. When we declined dessert they promptly took the tablecloth off! Before we left the staff had sat down to their own meal and I took that opportunity to briefly complement them on the food , they were appreciative and smiled!! Maybe they don't like serving customers..... We did leave a tip and I would go back for the food and maybe to see if their humour has improved.

1 review so far 6
13.12.2015 17:22

My friends and I were very happy with our meal at The Thames. We arrived on time (8 pm) and were seated immediately. We were promptly served with drinks and were asked for our orders after just the right time. We were all very happy with the food, which was served in good time by courteous staff. Everything was very clean and the décor and ambience were pleasant too. I look forward to going back to this restaurant!

2 reviews so far 5
25.02.2015 14:31

Doesn't look very inspiring from the outside, particularly given the location, but don't be deceived by appearances. I took a group of non-UK colleagues, some of whom had never had a curry before, so I wanted their experience of a British Indian restaurant to be as typical as it could be. We tied it onto the end of a walk along the South Bank from Blackfriars to the London Eye. This is clearly a very popular restaurant. Inside, it's a busy Indian restaurant, and whilst the decor is a little tired, the atmosphere is excellent. It was very busy when we were there, but service and food quality was very good. The menu is particularly extensive and very reasonably priced for Central London. Great reviews from all my colleagues, on not only the food but also the experience. I would eagerly go back with family, friends and other colleagues if I get the opportunity.

1 review so far 5
24.11.2015 07:48

We were a large party of nine. We had booked but the restaurant looked full (a good sign for a Monday night). However they quickly showed us to a room upstairs, which was perfect for our good-humoured celebration. We had our own waiter, the service was efficient, and the food good - not run-of-the-mill Indian- if not outstanding. Still we would thoroughly recommend The Thames.

1 review so far 4
13.11.2014 09:42

I was impressed with the menu and will say, the food was quite good. My only complaint is the service...its was quite slow and when ordering we were reminded of the 'rules' on eating in at the restaurant. Apparently, you MUST order a main dish for each person otherwise you can't order. I've never witnessed such a thing but what was most puzzling was that my friend and I were ordering 2 starters and a main to share but that still wasn't enough for us to place our order. In any case we ended up cancelling a starter to order another main but missed out on trying/having the starter that I wanted as it's one of my favorite Gujarati foods that is not served in most typical Indian restaurants. I would eat from here again but probably not in the restaurant which is quite a shame.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2016 18:31

It was an amazing meet up with my friends at The Thames...food was just awesome...perfect spices and flavours.. :) ..look forward to visit it more often

2 reviews so far 6
15.05.2016 09:35

Fabulous restaurant, been lots of times, every time we go to London, we always end up back at this restaurant, it's great for Waterloo Station, after our meal we head back to Basingstoke. Very pleasant staff and very reasonable prices for meals and the wine and beer. Unti, the next time....

1 review so far 5
10.04.2015 23:04

Not much from the outside but very pleasant inside. Read reviews of poor service but our table of 3 was treated with an abundance of attentive waiters. Food was quite good and well presented. Perfect location for National Thatre and Southbank activities - especially good if you do not want to eat outside with throngs of young people. Recommend.

1 review so far 5
09.12.2016 11:22

Service was excellent and the food variety and taste were very good. We had to wait for a table longer than we thought but in the scheme of things it was no big deal. Very busy but the staff did extremely well and the restaurant looked very neat and clean.

1 review so far 4
15.12.2016 11:55

Lovely food and very welcoming staff. The restaurant was bustling and noisy and the close proximity of tables meant we chatted to our neighbours which we really enjoyed, so not ideal for couples or people wanting a quiet meal. The portion sizes are on the small size but plenty for me, a female, although our male companions would have liked more.

2 reviews so far 6
04.05.2016 07:44

From outside you might be thinking, lets go somewhere different. However, Enter and you will be pleasantly surprised, very clean and well presented and You are greeted by the friendly staff. Food very nice, some lovely specials. Overall, highly recommended

3 reviews so far 4
14.03.2017 15:41

The menu and service were excellent but my choice was too spicy and salty for me - and I eat a lot of curries. Others at the meal agreed with me. The restaurant is very conveniently situated, just a few minutes' walk from Waterloo station- but you need to like hot, salty curry to really enjoy this curry house.

1 review so far 5
24.04.2017 08:43

Good food and can't fault the place except can get a little slow when extremely busy. Which, as it's good, is often the case. But still worth trying for yourself to confirm its good. And so convenient for the railway station/tube for journey home after work.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2014 18:09

The food was out of this world! The menu offerings were many, it made it difficult to decide on what to order. The only thing lacking was the service. Just not real friendly to those who weren't regulars.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2016 17:53

Excellent main courses, plenty of variety. Interesting starters. Out of my party of 11 no one complained and were very happy. Great service and restaurant was very accommodating when my party increased from 8 to 11 last minute.

1 review so far 5
04.04.2016 23:34

Good food promptly served. Overall service was very good. Very busy and that was a good sign for a Monday night. Would definitely go back. Only flaw was that they didn't have good old Glasgow Pakora on the menu but you can't always get everything