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The Thames

122 Reviews

About The Thames

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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 Times

Open now - Closes at 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm


The Thames
79 Waterloo Road, Waterloo
London SE1 8UD

Menu Highlights



Tandoori Aloo

chargrilled potato stuffed with nuts and cottage cheese.

Shikam Piri Kebab

potatoes, coriander, green chillies and yum.


minced chicken cooked with coriander, fresh mint, garlic and ginger.


Lasooni Chicken

medium spiced and cooked with fresh garlic, ginger, sliced onions, spring onions and a tangy chat ma

Duck Karahi

pieces of duck cooked in a wok over slow fire, garnished with onions, coriander, capsicum and fenugr

Duck Jalfrezi

cooked to the chefs own recipe with green chillies, coriander and herbs, a very authentic dish


Tandoori Chicken

2 pieces of spring chicken marinated in a special tandoori sauce and left to absorb overnight

Tandoori King Prawn Achari

jumbo sized prawns marinated in a delicate blend of yoghurt and spices and grilled

Tandoori Mixed Grill

a dish for the carnivores. a special selection of barbecued items from the tandoori oven
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More about The Thames, London

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.

122 The Thames Reviews

122 Reviews
Value for money:Good value
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Alan B.2 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food, friendly service and reasonably priced. Thoroughly recommended. Can be very popular at peak times at the weekend. I made an online reservation, using Quandoo, which worked perfectly.

Michael L.3 months ago · 1 review

Food very good. Can be noisy in the back part of the restaurant. It was busy so service not quite as fast as normal but ok.

Kate C.3 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food and service. Busy restaurant but we were not rushed. Would definitely recommend. In some Indian restaurants we have found the ‘specials’ menu disappointing but here it was the opposite really good well spiced food.

Jayne R.4 months ago · 1 review

We had good service and we really enjoyed the food. Would recommend as a reasonably priced Indian restaurant that is very close to Waterloo station

Muriel H.a year ago · 2 reviews

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.

Peter W.2 years ago · 1 review

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!

Sam P.3 years ago · 2 reviews

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.

Alastair M.3 years ago · 1 review

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.

Sonal B.4 years ago · 1 review

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.

Paul O.5 months ago · 1 review

I only chose this restaurant due to it's immediate proximity to Waterloo station, however it turned out to be brilliant! Our crowd have had lots of curries in lots of London curry restaurants over too many years and this is now one of our new favourites - lots of dishes you've not heard of before, which were all great, plus the menu also had all the usual favourites if you'd prefer to stick to that! Good friendly service too, even though they were very busy, by the way.

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