Restaurants With A View | A Guide To The Greatest In London

Restaurants With A View

Restaurants With A View

Restaurants With A View | A Guide To The Greatest In London

Last Updated: 20th August 2019 | Main image: Helix & Iris

Restaurants that come with a great view can often be a bit steep.

But we’ve compiled a list of the top restaurants in London with a view that’ll be worth every penny…

B&H Garden Room | Leicester Square

Garden room restaurants with a view

In this particular case, it’s about the destination; not the journey. You’ll arrive via a tiny lift belonging to the Assembly Hotel, having (somewhat confusedly) wondered through a lobby of purple strip-lighting and abstract bunny rabbit sculptures. What you’ll find at the top, however, is quite the opposite; whitewashed floorboards; lush, decorative green foliage; candlelight and huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The Garden Room is an expanse of serenity with views over some of London’s most iconic structures (the London Eye, Nelson’s Column and St Paul’s Cathedral, to name a few) and the culinary clout to match. READ MORE

Details: 10th Floor, Assembly Hotel, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS | Open daily from 7am, for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Sky High Dining | East Greenwich

Sky High Dining restaurants with a view

You’d think that eating dinner in a floating pod above the River Thames is a thing of dreams. But for a very lucky few, dreams can come true. Particularly if you’re exceptionally organised and manage to book into Jimmy Garcia’s (of Jimmy’s BBQ Club) Sky High Dining pop-up, where you’ll be served a five-course, drinks-paired feast aboard a moving cable car. READ MORE.

Details: Emirates Cable Car, Unit 1, 2, 3 &4, Edmund Halley Way, SE10 0FR | Wednesdays & Thursdays, until 29th August

Aqua Kyoto | Soho

Aqua Kyoto

A tranquil oasis right in the heart of Central London’s hustle and bustle, Aqua Kyoto is a zen refuge above the chaotic streets of Soho. The roof terrace bar, Aqua Spirit, makes a perfect nightcap spot after a meal in the dimly lit Japanese restaurant, where you’ll indulge in some of head chef Paul Greening’s extensive and delicately put together dishes. READ MORE.

Details: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (entrance on 30 Argyll St), W1B 3BR | Open daily for lunch and dinner

Boundary Rooftop Bar & Grill | Shoreditch

Boundary restaurants with a view

Featuring panoramic views of London, Boundary’s Rooftop boasts some of the best views in town. Decor is laid back luxury, with 100 year old olive trees, a heated glass orangery, an open fireplace and a huge sweeping outdoor bar. In the summer, the menu is Mediterranean in style, serving grilled meats & fish with fresh salads; whilst in winter they honour the Alpine regions with artery-clogging warming dishes like cheese fondue and raclette on the menu. READ MORE

Details: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD | The rooftop is open daily from 11:30am

Duck & Waffle | The City

Duck and Waffle restaurants with a view

Half the fun of going to Duck & Waffle, on the 40th Floor of Bishopsgate’s Heron Tower, is the lift-ride up. To summarise; it’s glass, it’s fast and the crescendo of beautiful views is pretty mesmerising. Best of all, it’s a trip you can take in the middle of the night: open 24 hours a day, it’s worth a visit if only for the sheer novelty of being able to eat waffles at 4am. READ MORE

Details: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY | Open 24/7, year-round

Frank’s Cafe & Campari Bar | Peckham

Franks - rooftop bars in Peckham

Better known as being the-bar-with-really-nice-views-on-top-of-an-old-Peckham-car-park; Frank’s also has a pretty great selection of food on offer. The menu is small but mighty, with dishes like barbecue pork neck and slaw; roasted cauliflower with zhug and pitta; and brunch dishes on weekends. Expect a much more casual set-up, with big sharing tables and an appetite-whetting trek up to reach them.  READ MORE

Details: 10th Floor, Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST | Open daily throughout the summer. For more info and opening times, see here.

Helix at the Gherkin | The City

Helix restaurant with a view

Helices are a pretty fundamental element of human life; being the shape of our DNA, the path a charged particle takes in a magnetic field, the motion behind a functioning corkscrew, and the name of the Gherkin’s top (two) floored restaurant & bar. Once open only to members, Helix now offers 360 degree views over London’s skyline to anyone who wants them. READ MORE

Details: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP | Open daily, but you’ll need a booking to go along, which you can do online right here.

City Social | The City

City Social

It’s got City in the name, so don’t be surprised by the suited and booted clientele here. It’s for pleasure as well as business, though, and dinner overlooking the city skyline doesn’t get more impressive than this. READ MORE

Details: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ | Open 12-2.30pm & 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri, and 5-10.30pm on Saturdays

Sushisamba | The City

sushisamba restaurant with a view

With a unique fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food on the menu, Sushisamba is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant places to eat raw fish in the City. And if the views don’t manage to flummox you, the full-size orange tree they’ve somehow managed to plop into the outdoor bar certainly will. READ MORE

Details: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY | Sun-Tues: 11.30am-1.30am, Wed-Sat: 11.30am-2am

Bussey Rooftop Bar | Peckham

Bussey rooftop pop up bar

If there’s one thing Peckham does well, it’s rooftop bars serving up casual street food and cocktails above a former car park. Joining Frank’s is the Bussey Rooftop Bar, where RockaDollar serve up hot dogs, steaks and burgers, alongside chips, padrón peppers and pig cheek nuggets. If you want to make it a high-altitude evening, walk a few steps to the other side of the roof and catch a film at the cosy (and romantic, if that’s what you’re after…) Rooftop Film Club. READ MORE

Details: Copeland Park and Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 4SL Open Tues-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 5-11pm

Coq D’Argent | The City

Coq d'Argent - rooftop bars in London

With one of the most manicured lawns in London, Coq D’Argent is a City favourite, boasting views over St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Monument and the Bank of England. You’ll have a choice of their hefty 54 pages of wines on offer, alongside classic French cuisine with a contemporary twist. READ MORE

Details: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ Open daily 5-11pm

Skylon | Southbank

skylon restaurants with a view

Perched at the top of Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall, Skylon has one of the best views over the River Thames you can get without being in it. They serve up modern British cuisine, in its finest form; from dishes such as grilled native lobster right through to a hearty beer burger. READ MORE

Details: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | Skylon is open Mon-Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10.30am-11pm and Sun 11.30am-10.30pm. You can find out more, and book a table, HERE

Sea Containers | Southbank

Sea Containers

A cheery spot right on the river’s edge, Sea Containers gives a nod to the “Golden Age of transatlantic travel’; reflected in its Tom Dixon-designed panelled copper walls and mustard and burgundy leather seating. Of course, you won’t be looking at those – instead your eye will be drawn to the riverside views, either from the outdoor terrace or through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu is all about sharing; with small and large plates showcasing seasonal Mediterranean cuisine at its best… READ MORE

Details: Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD | Open daily, with bottomless brunch on weekends. You can book a table on their website HERE

Aqua Shard | London Bridge

Aqua Shard - romantic restaurants in London

Home to one of the best panoramas in London, with vertiginous views from the London Bridge railway tracks all the way to the edges of the city. Aqua Shard has left the skyline to steal the show, keeping their decor cool, understated and minimal. Offering the best ratio of pound to pano of all the restaurants in the Shard, they’re open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. And for cocktails… because they’re smart. READ MORE

Details: 31st Floor, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY | Open daily from 7am (9am weekends) – 11pm, with the bar open 10.30am-1am (3am Fri/Sat). You can book online right HERE

Pergola Olympia | Kensington Olympia

Pergola Olympia

One of the very few places offering views over West London, Pergola Olympia is a bit of a rarity. You’ll be able to watch the sun go down through huge, plant-framed windows whilst devouring food from one of their three resident kitchens; Mamalan, Jefferies and Salt Shed. There are also a couple of bars around, serving carafes of cocktails, spritzers and botanicals, as well as various beers and wines. READ MORE

Details: Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, W14 8UX Open Wed-Fri 4-11pm, Sat 12-11.30pm and Sun 12-10pm


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