Whether you're keen to spot famous landmarks, aim to capture the perfect picture at London restaurants with panoramic views, or simply want to relax in one of the many tranquil riverside restaurants in London; you'll be in for a treat at these top restaurants with enviable vistas.
Best rooftop restaurants
1. Aviary London
2. Coq d'Argent
3. Alto by San Carlo at Selfridges
4. John Lewis Rooftop
Restaurants with a view of the river Thames
Watch the bustling Thames waterways from your dining table at these London riverside restaurants.
5. OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
Pinpoint London landmarks from this restaurant and brasserie atop the iconic OXO Tower at Bankside. Choose from the all-day specials at the relaxed brasserie; while more refined fare is served up at the restaurant – both offer stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral.
6. Rick Stein's
Escape from city life in the tranquil setting of Rick Stein’s restaurant along Barnes’ riverside. The TV chef’s only London restaurant looks straight out onto the Thames, where rowers glide by and migrating birds fly overhead to nearby WWT London Wetland Centre. Enjoy a varied menu, including fish dishes, which are the chef’s speciality.
7. Tate Modern Kitchen and Bar
Take a break between exhibitions to indulge in sweeping river views and fine dining at Kitchen and Bar, on the sixth floor of the gallery's Natalie Bell Building. Kitchen and Bar is open Monday to Sunday 12pm - 6pm. Enjoy seasonal menus inspired by the exhibitions and catch an Instagram-worthy sunset over the Thames.
8. Bread Street Kitchen on the River
9. The Petersham Restaurant
Soak up the river views in Richmond that made JMW Turner fall in love with this part of town. As you dine on the seasonal, modern British dishes at The Petersham’s elegant restaurant, you’ll gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows across pretty Petersham Meadows and the meandering Thames. It’s also a great spot for a traditional afternoon tea.
London restaurants with panoramic views
No matter which way you face, there's a picture-worthy landscape waiting for you at each of these London restaurants.
10. 110 Bishopsgate
Be transported upwards by the glass-sided lifts as you head up to the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate to Duck & Waffle. Pick out landmarks as you indulge in seasonal British sharing plates at this 24-hour restaurant, which is one of the highest in London and therefore boasts some of the best views around. If you love Japanese or South American fare, Sushisamba on the floor below offers equally impressive views.
Experience uninterrupted views of the city at Helix, located in the iconic Gherkin building. The restaurant serves up contemporary British fare and offers a two or three-course menu. Finish the evening with a cocktail at Iris, the bar on the level above, and admire the sunset.
12. Galvin at Windows
Savour 360-degree views over Hyde Park and beyond from Galvin at Windows, perched high up above Mayfair in the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel. One of the best restaurants in London with a view, this Michelin-starred restaurant allows you to spot the likes of the London Eye and even Wembley Stadium while you tuck into high-end modern French dishes.
Mix Northern Chinese flavours with breathtaking views at Hutong, on level 33 of western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. With food inspired by regal feasts, cocktails using unusual Asian ingredients and atmospheric interiors including lanterns and screens, Hutong is one of the most romantic restaurants in London with a view.
14. Sky Garden
Venture 155m (508ft) up above the City and step into a tropical paradise at the Sky Garden. Here, among the palms and ferns of the landscaped gardens, you’ll find relaxed Darwin Brasserie offering British flavours, and game and seafood at stylish Fenchurch Restaurant – both offer stunning panoramic views of London’s skyline.
Best London restaurants with iconic views
Spy some of London's most famous skyline landmarks from these great restaurants with a view.
15. Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar
Glance up from your 35-day aged Aberdeen Angus steak to find Big Ben and the London Eye looking back at you. Gillray's Steakhouse sits within London Marriott Hotel County Hall; or if afternoon tea is more your thing, try The Library Lounge where you can mix dainty cakes and sandwiches with iconic views – it doesn’t get more authentically London than that.
16. Scoff & Banter Canary Wharf
Enjoy enviable views of The O2 from Scoff & Banter Canary Wharf. This modern British restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows maximising the river views, and a terrace for alfresco dining. Tuck into classics such as pies, fish and chips and rib-eye steak.
17. Le Pont de la Tour
Dine in the shadow of Tower Bridge at classy Le Pont de la Tour, which flanks the river at Shad Thames. Grab a spot on the terrace, come summer or winter, and enjoy the modern French fare and a wide-ranging wine list featuring Old and New World wines.
Best restaurants for varying views
Why choose a restaurant with just one view when you can dine among a changing landscape?
18. Bateaux London
Hop aboard Bateaux London’s glass-sided boat and enjoy a sedate meal as you pass London icons along the Thames. Opt for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea cruises – each accompanied by live entertainment, including live jazz on Sunday lunchtimes.
19. City Cruises
Admire Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge… just some of the London landmarks on view during one of City Cruises’ dining excursions. The sightseeing specialist offers afternoon tea, lunch, sundowner and dinner cruises, including its London Showboat evening cruise featuring West End hits from a live performer.
20. London Shell Co.
Step aboard London Shell Co.’s Prince Regent canal boat at Paddington Basin and enjoy a navigation along Regent’s Canal as you tuck into the best seasonal fish dishes. You’ll be led through the canal network, passing Regent’s Park as sharing plates and wines are delivered to your table.
Best restaurants for people-watching
Get a table at one of these London restaurants to watch the vibrant mix of passers-by as you enjoy your meal.
Peek out onto the lively marketplace and spot traders at work in Borough Market as you feast on locally sourced roast meats, game and seafood. Located in the heart of the market, Roast offers a different perspective, as the hustle and bustle continues from the early hours in Floral Hall below.
22. Serpentine Bar & Kitchen
Enjoy a spot of people-watching in Hyde Park at Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. Unsurprisingly, given its name, the restaurant looks out over the park’s Serpentine lake, where you can watch the boats and ducks among the greenery of the Royal Park. Choose from wood-fired pizzas, British classics and summer barbecue specials until closing time each day at 8pm.
23. 400 Rabbits at The Lido Cafe
Tuck into breakfast, brunch and pizzas year-round at trendy The Lido Cafe at Brockwell Lido. It’s the perfect spot to catch a few rays and watch the world go by in the art deco surrounds. The lido truly comes alive in the summer months, when the restaurant also opens for dinner.
If you have a head for heights, why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink at one of London's rooftop bars, and check out our top London attractions with panoramic views.
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