Restaurants with a view: London
What is it about dining on 5 star cuisine that just seems so much more appealing when you’ve got a seat overlooking a city’s skyline? The two compliment each other so well that it seems all the top restaurants are vying for the best view in town. Luckily, London has a good share of its own; some of our favourites below:
For drinks or dinner with a view, it’s hard to beat the Oxo Tower on a summer's day as you dine on an open-air terrace overlooking the Thames. Time it right and you'll see London's summer sun turn to sunset, and then to night. It can get a little chilly once the sun has set but blankets are on offer, of course. A three-course meal and a bottle of wine here comes at a reasonable cost for a venue of its kind.
Sushi Samba is perhaps London’s most coveted dinner venue, so you’ll need to book in advance to secure a date here. Once inside, even the lift to the restaurant is an experience of its own (one we’ll leave you discover when you visit). At the top, the Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian cuisine (yes, really!) fuses with design of the same creativity for an experience like no other. Did we mention that the restaurant is also proudly home to Europe’s highest outdoor dining terrace and 360 views over the city.
A breakfast and brunch favourite, Duck and Waffle has become known for its, well, you guessed it, duck and waffle combo. It does however serve a whole host of other savory and sweet waffles, as well as a far more extensive menu; for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Head to their website to peruse the menu and make a booking.
Unless you work in the offices inside 30 St. Mary's Axe, more commonly known as 'the Gherkin', the view from this building is notoriously difficult to gain access to. On the 39th and 40th floor is Searcey’s, a private or invite-only restaurant and a champagne bar. Not a member? The bar has introduced open-nights for the public, simply head to their website to book in advance. You may have to wait a while to get a seat, but we think you’ll find the wait worthwhile once you’re sipping on champagne, and watching the sun set over the river Thames.
The newest addition to London’s sky-high dining options; The Shard offers a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars, depending on your preference. We really do recommend each and every one of the six dining choices which include the Rainer Becker (of Zuma fame) restaurant, Oblix, serving British and European favourites; Aqua Shard which has become a favourite for no-reservations-required cocktails with a view; and our personal favourite, Hutong, serving lip-smackingly good cuisines inspired by Northern China, in a romantic yet energised setting. If you enjoy crab dishes, order the 'Red Velvet' here, we're sure you won't be disappointed.
Jason Atherton knows how to run a trendy-yet-classy restaurant and has successfully opened them in all corners of the globe. London is no different with a few of his fantastic creations dotting the city. For drinks or dinner with a view, however, City Social is the one. As with all his venues, it’s playful yet packs some serious substance. We recommend you request a window seat (which are surprisingly not so hard to secure), and either dine, or just to indulge in the creative cocktails.
For a restaurant and roof garden with different type of view, Madison St. Paul is the place to be. Alongside sweeping cityscapes and skyscrapers, you’ll also be able to dine and enjoy your favourite drink while you take in some history. Overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, you can marvel at one of London’s most unique features; the incredible blend of old and new architecture. Cheers to that!
- By Katie Silcox
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