Las Iguanas Royal Festival Hall

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Fun, fun, fun is the order of the day at Las Iguanas, the still-independent national chain of Latin American eateries. If the promise of ‘carnival atmosphere’ & ‘intoxicating Latin rhythms’ sounds a little heady, fear not, for readers seem to enjoy the experience in spite of themselves. ‘Ideal for families’ but ‘fun for couples’ is a feat few restaurants achieve, but these colourful, buzzy venues don’t simply play it safe with crowd-pleasing nachos, fajitas, burgers & dulce de leche puds; they also roam around South America for lesser-known regional specialities such as Chilean pasteles (sweet potato & sweetcorn pie), Peruvian braised lamb & Brazilian moqueca (coconut curry). Everything is cooked to order & there are deals aplenty. Happy-hour prices help as exotic cocktails get things going for a fiesta every night.

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Las Iguanas Royal Festival Hall

Unit 14, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road ,London SE1 8XX

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Aug 2011

My partner and I visited Las Iguanas around February/March time this year. We decided to walk down the river, via Southwark and eat in the area. We first went into an Italian place a few doors from Las Iguanas (can't remember the name and can't find it for the life of me) but the service/atmosphere/price etc were awful. Therefore we left and went in Las Inguanas instead, which was ten times better. Despite being really busy, we were seated immediately and the service was FAST. Food and Drink menu...

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Nicole K.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Las Iguanas Royal Festival Hall

Unit 14, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road ,London SE1 8XX

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Jun 2009

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It’s clear that Las Iguanas will never be a restaurant billed for brilliant innovative food. But… nonetheless, I find I have a soft spot for the place with its loud music, excellent drinks and edible, if not inspired, food. The position on the river is fantastic and if you get there early enough to snag a spot in the terrace in summer (and with a 5-7pm happy hour there’s a real incentive to arrive early), it’s an excellent spot to watch the world go by while you enjoy one of their cocktails – the...

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MLG's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Las Iguanas Royal Festival Hall

Unit 14, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road ,London SE1 8XX

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Oct 2008

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6 of us went to dinner here last weekend. It has a very ‘buzzy’ atmosphere, with great staff on hand to help with menus and general information. We hadn't booked, but sat downstairs at a high table in the centre of the room which was big enough for us all to have lots of space, and close enough to each other to chat easily. Within an hour of us arriving the whole place was full! We got there 10 minutes before happy hour, but they were happy to offer drinks at the happy hour prices for us, which was...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Las Iguanas Royal Festival Hall

Unit 14, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road ,London SE1 8XX

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Oct 2008

I picked Las Iguanas as a convenient option prior to seeing a movie at the NFT. The food is actually so so but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. There were queues outside when we left about 8pm. I can imagine its going to be a great venue for big parties over xmas. Decor is very in your face – not for the faint hearted or those looking for a quieter nigt out (try Skylon or Canteen nearby) Foodwise i had half a slow roast chicken with salad and my friend had the chicken enchilada. We shared...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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