About this room

A light airy space with natural daylight, our Upper Arch is perfect for Birthdays, Engagement parties, standing receptions or after-work drinks.
Our Upper Arch is a semi-private area on our upper floor that opens out to our main bar area shown in the background.
It has a raised area at the opposite end leading to outside with our comfy curved pink booth adding a pop of colour in the space.
To make your evening more exciting we can supply a Beer Pong table in front of the poster with the red horse for some added interactive fun for your guests and costs £25 per game.
We also have a DJ on from 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays playing a mix of commercial R&B, Pop, House, 80s, 90s and 00s Club Classics until 1.30am when we close.

Seats 20 for dinner or 50 for a standing reception.

Dimensions: 4m x 7.5m




up to 50



up to 30

Prices and Event Offers

Minimum Spend - Pay at the bar


9:00 - 17:00

from £400 Per day


9:00 - 17:00

from £900 Per day


18:00 - 23:30

from £250 Per evening


18:00 - 1:00

from £250 Per evening


19:00 - 1:30

from £500 Per evening

*All guide prices are inclusive of VAT

Note on pricing

Thank you for choosing SAMA Bankside. Please send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's just right for your event. If you mention your budget and timings it will help me propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.

Sample catering prices

CANAPES - Minimum order of 10 per selection
- 2 pieces Caramelised Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tart (v) / 2.5
​- 3 Sliders - Beef, Jerk Chicken, Veggie / 10
​- 2 pieces Polenta Olive Tapenade Bites (vg) / 2.5
- 2 pieces Mushroom Arancini (v) / 3
- 2 pieces Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef & Horseradish Sauce / 3
- 2 pieces Salt Cod Fritters, Pineapple Salsa / 3
- 1 piece Chargrilled Figs wrapped in Prosciutto / 3
- 1 piece Panko Crumbed Tiger Prawns, Chilli Jam / 3

BOWL FOOD - Minimum order of 10 per selection
- Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas / 4.5
- Freekeh & Kaniwa Salad (vg) / 4
- Seafood Linguine / 4
- Sama Risotto (v) / 4
- Sausage & Mash, Onion Gravy / 4
- Lemon & Basil Sea Bass, Roasted Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, New Potatoes / 4.5
- French Bean, Sun Blushed Tomato, Olive, Feta Cheese Salad (v) / 4

Your bespoke packages are available. Please send an enquiry to receive your personalised offer.

Birthday Party Birthday Party Offers
A minimum spend of £500 applies
Beer Pong £20
We’re one of the newest places to play Beer Pong in London town and you can book one of our Beer Pong tables for just £20 which includes everything you need for a game including the beer to play it with!

Beer Pong is available Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm onwards, plus every Tuesday you get two hours of Beer Pong for the price of one to show your friends who’s best when it comes to hitting those cups.


In-house catering

Allows external catering

Approved caterers only

BYO alcohol allowed

Can provide alcohol

Kitchen facilities available

Can provide halal

Can provide kosher

Complimentary water

Extensive vegan menu

Extensive gluten-free menu

Complimentary tea and coffee

Buyout fee for external catering


Alcohol licence until 01:00

Extension available

Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Room features

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi

Projector Projector

Flatscreen TV Flatscreen TV

Whiteboard Whiteboard

Audiovisual (AV) equipment Audiovisual (AV) equipment

Air conditioning Air conditioning


Conference call facilities

Natural light Natural light

Disabled access Disabled access

Storage space

Accommodation available

Parking available

Beer Pong

Venue welcomes

VIP events

Rules of the space

Close to Blackfriars & Southwark stations. SAMA Bankside is on Robinson Road at the junction of Southwark Street and Blackfriars Road.

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About SAMA Bankside

SAMA Bankside is a twin railway arch venue set over 2 floors and is located next to Blackfriars Bridge on the south side of the river in the shadow of Sea Containers and the OXO Tower (nearest stations are Southwark or Blackfriars).

SAMA Bankside is industrial in style with exposed brickwork, a reclaimed upper wooden floor and polished concrete lower floor with chesterfield sofas, cosy booth seating in bright colours and unapologetic artwork to get your guests talking.

SAMA Bankside is available for booking from 6 to 350 guests. There is a bar and toilets on each floor and full catering options available.

We have a separate Private Dining and Meeting Room that can accommodate 20 people seated or 30 people for a standing drinks reception.

The venue is available until 12am Monday - Thursday and until 1.30am Friday and Saturday.

Other rooms and event packages at this venue

from £500
minimum spend / per evening
Private Dining / Meeting Room
Seating capacity 30
Standing capacity 30
from £400
minimum spend / per session
Lower Floor
Seating capacity 110
Standing capacity 200
from £600
minimum spend / per session
Whole Venue Exclusive Hire
Seating capacity 170
Standing capacity 350
from £50
minimum spend / per session
Private Booths
Seating capacity 12
Standing capacity 30
from £500
minimum spend / per evening
Lower Arch & Private Room
Seating capacity 60
Standing capacity 80

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