Hay’s Galleria checks all the great traditional pub boxes, but with a plus. Situated in the little known but exceptionally beautiful gallery of the same name on the South Bank, it is a great spot for an unpretentious but tasty bite of lunch and a glass of good wine.
Like its Balls Brothers siblings, Hay’s Galleria makes wine the star of the show with a large selection from around the world. If you’re into heavy, powerful wines, the Malbec will ravish – and there’s also a number of classic cocktails on offer. The food menu is rather traditional but with seasonal specials that change every other week, or a variety of nibbling platters if you’re just feeling peckish.
The interior of the bar is worth checking with exposed brick arches, leather banquettes and polished dark wooden bar tops – creating a quiet but warm atmosphere. There is plenty of space at the back if you’re bringing a large party, but it’s the terrace that steals the show, with its roof of glass and steel and view of the river. In the summer there’s a small bar outside, so pop yourself on a chair and start sipping on that Pimm’s.
Best Bars tip: Hay’s Galleria boasts a pétanque pitch – a game of balls that hails from southern France and is perfect for summer nights or after work bonding sessions. You can book a two-hour slot ahead or jump in if the pitch’s free.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest