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.

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    Corrado
    Jun 2019

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for 30th Birthday Party event for 16 guests

    friendly place, fresh and tasty food! very helpful staff. My birthday party was amazing!

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    Matthew Phillips
    May 2019

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    4.8 Booked Upper Arch for Party event for 50 guests
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    Tom
    May 2019

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    4.2 Booked Lower Floor for Corporate Event event for 50 guests

    Size of venue was perfect and catered for our needs very well. The food and drinks were all great and went down well with attendees (though the sausage and mash could have been hotter!). Staff were friendly and accommodating as well, and Humphrey was extremely helpful in arranging the specifics of the day, from the site visit to ensuring the correct AV facilities were set up for our presentations. All in all, a very positive experience.

    The heating/air conditioning was a bit inconsistent but not a major drawback. We had one ridiculous comment that the trains were too loud, but what you're supposed to do about that I don't know!

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    simon.albury@gmail.com
    Mar 2019

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    5 Booked Whole Venue Exclusive Hire for Minimum Spend event for 250 guests

    Professionalism of management. The flexibility of the space. The sound system. Everyone who attended wants a repeat of the event at this location.

    No negatives.

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    Emma Maziak
    Mar 2019

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for Party event for 45 guests

    Fabulous pre-event service. Great space and atmosphere and tasty food.

    Nothing - all fabulous

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    Ahmed Qureshi
    Mar 2019

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    4.8 Booked Upper Arch for Party event for 25 guests
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    Sarah Rufai
    Mar 2019

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    4.6 Booked Upper Arch for Minimum Spend event for 30 guests

    As others have said, food is super tasty! Good range too. We had the bowl food which was very nice (it’s not a meal don’t treat it like one) the chicken platter was small though. Was ok, but not worth the money IMO

    Venue is beautiful and location is fab. Would come back

    It wasn’t the right venue for a bridal shower. Would have been great if we had it during the day, or for some other kind of event. Meet with them before hand and clarify everything early on! They respond quickly but there was quite a bit of misinformation and confusion

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    Jessica
    Feb 2019

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    4.8 Booked Private Booths for Leaving Party event for 20 guests

    Easy to arrange, staff was friendly and food was decent

    Booth reserved was too dark, lighting wasn’t great. Chicken platter was already sold out by 6pm. Staff was helpful only when asked, really didn’t make us feel any special compared to anyone else who turned up without reserving an area

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    Elliott Bickerdike
    Feb 2019

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for Birthday Party event for 25 guests

    Great space and atmosphere. Friendly staff. Thank you!

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    Amrit S
    Jan 2019

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    4.6 Booked Upper Arch for Engagement Party event for 50 guests

    We came to SAMA for our engagement party and it was perfect. The service from when we were booking our area to the end of the event was amazing. The set up, to the drinks to food and bringing the cake out couldn’t have been any better. We even had beer pong which everyone enjoyed so much! Thank you everyone at SAMA for making our night to memorable!

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    Lucy
    Jan 2019

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    4.6 Booked Lower Floor for Birthday Party event for 70 guests

    Great space
    Good staff
    Good music

    Food got cold
    Food options weren't quite what I was looking for

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    Dean McBride
    Jan 2019

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    5 Booked Lower Floor for Party event for 80 guests

    Great venue, great service, great team behind the venue making sure everything runs smoothly. Would highly recommend

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    Nicola Hanger
    Jan 2019

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    4.6 Booked Lower Floor for Minimum Spend event for 100 guests

    Really good night. Staff were very helpful, venue was a great size and location, food was excellent and drink was also good.

    It would have been good to be able to order spirits in bulk but otherwise everything was fantastic.

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    Anonymous
    Dec 2018

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for 30th Birthday Party event for 50 guests

    Amazing venue! I hired a space for my 30th birthday party and it couldn't have been more perfect. The minimum spend was really reasonable compared to other places I looked at and the bar itself is beautiful. We had the spot downstairs which was great as it meant some people could sit and chat in the back room while other people danced. Steve was the best host and all the bar staff were lovely. They made it feel really special. The cocktails are delicious and the music was amazing. My friends all really enjoyed themselves and all of them commented on what a nice venue it was. I had the best birthday there - I honestly couldn't have asked for anything more. 10/10. Would wholeheartedly recommend.

    I wouldn't change anything.

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    Lucie Howarth
    Nov 2018

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    4.6 Booked Lower Floor for Away Day event for 60 guests

    The size and space in the venue
    Felt very private
    The service was amazing and so accommodating

    I like everything

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    Tom Chadwick
    Oct 2018

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    4.8 Booked Upper Arch for Birthday Party event for 50 guests

    Great venue and atmosphere, great location and service!
    Was very impressed. Made my 21st memorable!

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    David McGuckin
    Oct 2018

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for 30th Birthday Party event for 50 guests

    This place was fantastic! The hospitality shown by staff was great and they put up with us ;). Would definitely use again! Had fantastic service, fantastic games for us to play, for example they set up a beer pong table. Music was great and organising it was made so easy due to Steve and Humphrey who were amazing. No negative feedback at all and I hope they enjoyed having us and we weren't too much of a nightmare.

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    Anonymous
    Oct 2018

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    4 Booked Private Booths for Minimum Spend event for 15 guests

    The venue itself was great and would have been just the ticket if it was busy and the dancefloor had opened. Food and drinks were delicious.

    The staff were not very friendly and seemed a bit annoyed that we were there. There were very few other customers so I can understand they wanted to shut up early and go home, but this was disappointing when we had booked to party and enjoy a dance!

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    John Holton
    Sep 2018

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for Meeting event for 37 guests

    Great team who were really on it

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    Richard Stannard
    Sep 2018

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for Unusual Space event for 50 guests

    A great venue, ideal for our book launch. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and it is a lovely space. Highly recommended.

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    Jeev Sahoo
    May 2018

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    4.8 Booked Upper Arch for Minimum Spend event for 40 guests
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    Lauren Bull
    May 2018

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    5 Booked Upper Arch for Restaurant event for 30 guests

    Amazing job done by Humphrey and Steve, thank you for a great evening.

    Lauren

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    Carol
    May 2018

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    4.8 Booked Upper Arch for Charity Event event for 40 guests

    I liked everything about SAMA Bankside! The venue has a nice vibe. The upstairs is surprisingly light and airy - I thought a railway arch would be dark, but it isn't. The basement space is roomy. Staff were great and really helpful - I went in beforehand to have a look, and arrange to borrow a projector. We ordered some sharing platters of cheese and meats, bowls of fries etc and these were really nice. Location is fine, though I had to explain carefully to people where it is, as it's not that easy to find. Thanks SAMA!

SAMA Bankside Location

London , SE1 8…

Southwark Station is within 400 yards

Southwark Station is within 400 yards

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