Galvin at Windows
Galvin at Windows is not only a top choice for French food aficionados. It’s also an appealing pick for anyone in search of the most captivating Hyde Park views. If you can take your eyes off the 360-degree panorama, the attractive 1930s interiors and relaxed-but-chic setting make it a superb place for enjoying Chef Patron Chris Galvin’s Michelin-starred cooking. Private dining areas are offered too.
Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane, London Hilton Park Lane, W1K 1BE
+44 (0)20 7208 4021
The Portrait Restaurant
For ace views over Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square, The Portrait Restaurant at London’s famous Portrait Gallery offers a fabulous pit-stop after perusing its various collections. Open during gallery hours, guests can drop in for breakfast, pre-theatre dinners or afternoon tea with English sparkling wine. One of the London’s best restaurants with a view, diners may get a new perspective on Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and The London Eye.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
+44 (0) 20 7306 0055
A venture between the acclaimed Jason Atherton and Paul Walsh (ex-Restaurant Gordon Ramsay), the vertiginous location of City Social is just the cherry on the (very attractive) cake. Take the lift up to the 24th floor of Tower 42 and a show-stopping view of The City is unveiled. Dining at this Michelin-starred venue takes on a British theme with subtle exotic influences, while cocktails (think twisted G&Ts) take on an experimental style.
Tower 42, 25 Old Bread Street, London EC2N 1HQ,
+44 (0)20 7877 7703
Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle takes the gong for being the highest all-day dining venue, as its USP is its round-the-clock opening hours. If you hadn’t already heard, eating here comes in the way of playful takes on British dining (think spicy ox cheek with apricot jam and smoked eel with horseradish). And the glass elevator ride up to the 40th floor is almost as heady as the avant-garde cocktails wizarded by Richard Woods, aka ‘The Cocktail Guy’.
Duck & Waffle, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
+44 (0)20 3640 7310
Le Pont de la Tour
The riverside location of Le Pont de la Tour offers a key lookout point for admiring London’s skyline. This former 19th Century teahouse is right next to the majestic Tower Bridge, so you may be lucky enough to watch the must-see ‘Tower Bridge lift’ take place. Night-time views are particularly special as the bridge becomes illuminated, creating the ideal backdrop for a romantic dinner. During the colder months, the terrace turns into an alpine-inspired winter garden and inside, traditional French food and banquet seats create a classy affair.
Le Pont de la Tour, 36D Shad Thames, London SW1 2YE
+44 (0)20 7403 8403
OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
The Oxo Tower Wharf has undergone an intriguing evolution of late into a multi-purpose venue of exhibition spaces, art shops, and design studios. Head up to the eighth floor however and you will also find the OXO Tower Restaurant and OXO Tower Brasserie – some of London’s best restaurants with a view. This iconic tower opened to the public in the 1990s but has been a London landmark since the ‘30s. Dining here is effortlessly stylish and a view of St Paul’s Cathedral steals the show – but the seasonal menu created by Head Chef Jeremy Bloor is pretty good too.
OXO Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
+44 (0)20 7803 3888
A short walk along the river will take you to Skylon, a riverside restaurant that was named after the iconic cigar-like structure, built for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Located in the Royal Festival Hall and tucked into the arts-packed Southbank, it’s ideal for a spot of pre-theatre dining. Food by chef Kim Woodward is pretty, artistic and colourful and the panoramic views spanning from the Golden Jubilee bridges to the Waterloo Bridge and beyond, certainly add to the occasion.
Skylon, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
+44 (0)20 7654 7800
The Shard is London’s tallest building so it only seems right they house a skyscraper restaurant here. Aqua Shard is one of six places to eat in this cloud-piercing structure, but it’s perhaps one of the most impressive due partly, to its double (or should we say triple) length windows. Watch the city come to life first thing over Lobster Benedict, arrive mid-afternoon for contemporary afternoon tea or watch the city glow over a glass of Chablis and elegant plate of Scottish trout.
Aqua Shard, Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
+44 (0)20 3011 1256
The walkie-talkie building – or 20 Fenchurch Street as it’s officially known – hasn’t just gained column inches for its innovative urban gardens, it’s also become a popular attraction for both Londoners and tourists – all looking to experience that knock-out view from the 37th floor. Perched above the Sky Garden greenery, the Fenchurch Restaurant is its most exclusive eatery. It’s seafood focused with a contemporary British edge (by head chef Dan Fletcher) and The Sky Garden itself runs around all four sides of the building. So have dinner, walk around and drink in its multiple awesome views.
Fenchurch Restaurant, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF
+44 (0)333 772 0020