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4.9 /6 Excellent 84 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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

84 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 84 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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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!!

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 06:38

great service, great food, good portion sizes and very reasonable prices. We had the set menu for 2 for 40 pound and got 2 starters, 2 mains, rice, naan, 1 side and dessert. yum yum.

1 review so far 6
04.01.2017 08:03

Restaurant was very busy when we arrived, waiter that greeted us friendly, opened upstairs to accommodate us. Excellent service and food was great, will be returning.

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
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 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 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

1 review so far 6
22.11.2015 17:51

Great lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Staff were friendly and efficient. I would definitely go there again. This restaurant is conveniently placed for meet ups with my daughter being only a short walk from Waterloo station

1 review so far 6
06.12.2016 04:03

Great food, with a varied menu with lots of choice. Good location - two minute walk from Waterloo train station! Plenty of room for large groups and very bright, clean interior. Would definitely visit again!

1 review so far 6
09.12.2015 12:51

Delicious meal, and although when we arrive at 5:30pm it was very quiet, it filled up in the next half hour, so worth booking. A lovely meal and well worth visiting, and not too expensive.

1 review so far 5
27.10.2016 09:19

Food was very good, lots of layered flavouring exactly what you hope for while being realistic about what is essentially a standard curry house. The restaurant was a little warm, but staff were friendly if a little over quick to clear.

4 reviews so far 5
27.07.2016 14:06

Food and service excellent, clean plates!! Beer was tremendous, a real pleasurable experience. Would've got top marks but tables were a bit too close to each other as other guests were on top on us but understand i guess...

1 review so far 6
30.09.2016 06:52

This is the second meal I've had here and both times I've been very pleasantly surprised. The service was attentive and friendly, and the food was tasty, generous and very nicely presented.

1 review so far 5
17.01.2016 10:19

Friendly staff and good food. Child friendly and nice clean facilities. The atmosphere was good, the restaurant staff made good recommendations and struck a good balance between being attentive but also giving you space to enjoy your meal.

2 reviews so far 6
06.01.2016 21:18

Food was excellent and so was the service, the restaurant was very busy but this did not effect the service. we were even given a complementary drink when we paid.

1 review so far 5
24.03.2017 10:56

We all really enjoyed the food, there were good portion sizes. The venue was easy to find, just outside Waterloo station. We would all return, the staff were friendly and welcoming too. Very much enjoyed.

1 review so far 6
19.11.2014 23:15

We booked a table for early evening before a concert on the South Bank and found the service and quality of the food both excellent and will certainly return.

1 review so far 6
29.10.2015 10:38

Best Indian restaurant in London go there if you want great tasting food and great service. I've been there twice and tried the naga chicken and butter chicken. Amazing

1 review so far 5
21.09.2014 14:19

Very good food, friendly staff, clean and cosy premises. Definitely THE place to be for quality Indian. Would have rated 6 if there had been more choices for desserts other than ice cream :)

1 review so far 4
22.01.2016 23:47

Lovely restaurant. Good food. Good service. Good ambience. It wasn't life-changing food, but definitely a solid choice for a casual evening of indian food. The house wine was very drinkable. Chicken korma was deliciously sweet and their mango chutney was so more-ish.

1 review so far 5
04.11.2015 18:28

Good tasty food and efficient service at a reasonable price. I have visited on numerous occasions when visiting London and this has always proved to be good Indian restaurant. I will be back!

1 review so far 6
05.10.2016 09:00

Nice restaurant, good service and great food. Really tasty jalfrezi. Would go again if around Waterloo. Doesn't look that much from the outside, but worth going in.

1 review so far 6
10.11.2016 00:31

Excellent menu, great food and good service. A small and cosy type of environment but a really nice atmosphere and made to feel comfortable and unhurried.

1 review so far 6
15.12.2014 23:27

I have eaten in this restaurant many times, the food is excellent and the staff are always friendly and attentive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

1 review so far 5
03.11.2016 08:42

Food was good, staff were friendly and helpful - I would definitely go back. (Unless I was in a wheelchair - there are steps to get in and to the bathrooms)

1 review so far 4
01.04.2017 08:38

Food was tasty but really not hot enough - could have been an excellent meal. Would try again but it was rather cramped with so many tables but It was very busy so clearly the demand is there.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2015 12:20

Good food, good service, good prices and good atmosphere. What more could you ask for?! I'll definitely return to this very welcoming and friendly restaurant.

1 review so far 5
07.12.2016 09:18

Modern decor, busy, good food and service. The regional dishes and specials were particularly good. Modern decor, busy, good food and service. The regional dishes and specials were particularly good.

2 reviews so far 6
10.04.2016 08:28

A really lovely friendly restaurant, great food, lovely ambience and very good prices. Highly recommended. We have been a few times now and never disappointed.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 09:19

We always have a fantastic meal here and this time certainly didn't disappoint. Definitely our favourite Indian restaurant! We'll be back again very soon .

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 14:49

Friendly service from start to finish, short wait time for food and drinks and the food was very nice so i can have No complaints

4 reviews so far 6
23.07.2015 09:08

Fantastic meal in a buzzing atmosphere, everything was delicious, drinks chilled and toilets clean, right next to waterloo station, a great place to meet !

1 review so far 6
21.03.2015 20:41

Very good we were a big party and got an exclusive room and a waiter always on hand to keep us fully catered for

2 reviews so far 4
10.03.2016 07:12

Food was great, and restaurant was clearly popular, but food did take time to be served! Wanted to try some of the regional specials but not great selection for those who don't like too much spice.

1 review so far 5
02.03.2017 08:37

Where with 3 persons, had a variety of dishes ordered who where all well appreciated good taste, efficient services and reasonable price s . Can advise this place.

1 review so far 5
22.04.2015 09:45

Great food including some specials that I'd not seen before - delicious! Friendly and attentive staff keen to serve but not pushy. Reasonable prices and a great atmosphere.

1 review so far 5
22.01.2016 12:28

Excellent Food ( very good range on the menu) & Service. Buzzy atmosphere on a Thursday evening. Very convenient location for Waterloo station. We will be back !!!

1 review so far 4
13.02.2016 22:01

Food was good - waiters seemed pissed off and were slightly abrupt though. As I was seeing an old friend it was not ideal and I shouldn't have left a tip but I did.