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.
Restaurants with a view of the river Thames
Watch the bustling Thames waterways from your dining table at these London riverside restaurants.
Immerse yourself in the views at river level, watching boats come and go from your table on the R.S. Hispaniola, which is moored opposite the Coca-Cola London Eye. Select British dishes from the à la carte menu, enjoy a drink on the deck or indulge in afternoon tea. Keep an eye out for live jazz and murder mystery evenings.
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
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.
Tate Modern Restaurant
Take a break between exhibitions to indulge in sweeping river views and modern British cuisine at Tate Modern Restaurant, on the ninth floor of the Blavatnik Building. Lunch is served throughout the week, while dinner is available on Fridays and Saturdays after 6pm – the perfect opportunity to catch an Instagram-worthy sunset over the Thames.
Gaze out across the Thames from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant The Narrow, in Limehouse. The river takes on a different feel here as it widens downstream from central London at the former docks. Grab a spot in the conservatory or on the terrace and look back towards the bright lights of the City or downstream to Canary Wharf, as you feast on modern dishes with a Mediterranean twist.
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.
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 six-course tasting menu for those who want to try it all. Finish the evening with a cocktail at Iris, the bar on the level above, and admire the sunset.
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 Coca-Cola 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.
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.
Scoff & Banter Canary Wharf
Barbecoa St Paul's
Settle down at a table right in front of St Paul’s Cathedral, at Jamie Oliver’s barbecue-focused restaurant, Barbecoa. This venue certainly makes the most of its views opposite Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving a unique perspective of the London icon. Enjoy steaks, ribs and other flame-grilled mains, alongside a huge array of whiskies.
Gillray's Steakhouse and Bar
Glance up from your 35-day aged Aberdeen Angus steak to find Big Ben and the Coca-Cola 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.
The Portrait Restaurant
Snap a selfie among the famous portraits and amazing views visible from The Portrait Restaurant. This restaurant within the National Portrait Gallery has an up-close view of Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square; while Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the Coca-Cola London Eye can also be seen within frame. The food here is influenced by British and European traditions.
Le Pont de la Tour
Best restaurants for varying views
Why choose a restaurant with just one view when you can dine among a changing landscape?
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.
Admire Big Ben, the Coca-Cola 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.
London Shell Co.
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.
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 6pm.
The Lido Cafe
Tuck into breakfast, brunch and lunch specials 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.