Upper Arch at SAMA Bankside

  207 reviews  – 
SAMA Bankside, 3 Robinson Road , London , SE1 8BU
Southwark Station (400 yd)
Steve P.

Steve P.

About this space

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 £35 per game.

We also have a DJ on from 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays playing a mix of commercial R&B, Pop, House and Club Classics (Kisstory vibe).

Seats 25 for dinner or 50 for a standing reception.

Dimensions: 4m x 7.5m


Event offers and packages

Christmas Party Offers

CHRISTMAS PACKAGE
£45 per person
STARTERS

Prawn Cocktail
Parsnip Soup – rustic bread (vg)
Bresaola with Poached Pears – rocket leaves
Sweet Potato and Avocado Tartare – red onions, pomegranate, sesame seeds vg gf

MAINS

Roast Turkey – pigs in blankets, seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes
Confit Duck Leg – red cabbage, roasted sweet potato
Jamaican Salmon – green beans, new potatoes, spicy mango salsa
Mushroom Wellington – seasonal vegetables vg

DESSERT

Christmas Pudding
Chocolate Brownie vg
Bramley Apple Tart
Seasonal Fruit Salad vg gf
Tea or coffee

Birthday Party Offers

£500 min. spend
Your bespoke packages are available. Please send an enquiry to receive your personalised offer.
Beer Pong
£20 total
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.

Prices

Monday
9:00 – 23:00
from £500–£1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £500 min. spend
Per day
9:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.
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
Tuesday
9:00 – 23:00
from £500–£1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £500 min. spend
Per day
9:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.
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
Wednesday
9:00 – 23:00
from £500–£1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £500 min. spend
Per day
9:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.
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
Thursday
9:00 – 23:00
from £500–£1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £500 min. spend
Per day
9:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.
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
Friday
9:00 – 0:30
from £600–£1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 0:30
from £600 min. spend
Per day
9:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.
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
Saturday
13:00 – 1:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per evening
18:00 – 1:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per day
13:00 – 18:00
from £1000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

Please note all of our pricing includes VAT and excludes our 12.5% service charge.
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
Sunday
11:00 – 21:00
from £2000 min. spend
Per day
11:00 – 21:00
from £2000 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
If you let us know your budget and timings it will help us to propose the best option for your needs, thank you.

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

Capacity

Standing
up to 50
Dining
up to 30

Catering and drinks

In-house catering
External catering not allowed
Venue provides alcohol
BYO alcohol not allowed

Facilities

Wi-Fi
Air conditioning
Natural light
Beer Pong
Projector
Flatscreen TV
Whiteboard
Flipchart
Conference call facilities
Storage space
Accommodation available
Parking available

Music & sound equipment

PA system / music speakers available
Own music allowed
Bring your own DJ

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible
Disabled access toilets

Rules of the space

Allowed events

Loud music / events
Promoted / ticketed events
Wedding licence
Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Age policy

Guests under 18 are not allowed after 20:00

Host rules

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

Cancellation policy: Standard 30 day

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Reviews and ratings

(207 reviews and ratings - )

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Alannah
June 2022

Had a bad accident abroad a few weeks before the booking. Steve has been so accommodating and allowed us to reschedule with no issues. Really looking forward to the event in July- if it’s as good as Steve’s customer service I’m sure we’ll all have a great time.

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Megan Steinberg
April 2022

Great communication, lovely staff, beautiful venue in prime location with great value food and drink.

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Annie
March 2022

SAMA bankside was the perfect place to host my 30th, i'm so glad I found it. I hired the semi-private upper arch which was ideal because it gave me and my guests our own space for catching up, playing beer pong etc., but still with access to the shared bar and dance floor. Early on in the night it was quite quiet, which was great to give everyone a chance to chat and mingle, but after about 10pm it got busier and more and more people appeared upstairs to drink and dance. Kate and Steve were particularly helpful in helping me plan the evening. I really appreciate Steve talking me through my options (and answering my many questions) on the phone and helping me decide which drinks and food to order ahead of the party (we settled on pizza, which the guests really enjoyed). Also a big thank you for choosing to DJ next to our party, everyone loved the music and had a great time!

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Ian Clements
March 2022

Engagement with the management was excellent Delivery faultless

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The location 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).

Venue 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.

Space is available for booking from 6 to 300 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.


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