The Best Restaurants with a View in London

01 May 18
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The Best Restaurants with a View in London

01 May 18

With so many restaurants to choose from in the capital, the dining stakes have never been higher—and that goes for London’s newest skyscrapers as well. If you like your food served against a dramatic backdrop, make the climb to one of the city’s best restaurants with a view, perfect for special occasions or the ultimate romantic dinner date.


Located on the 38th and 39th floors at 110 Bishopsgate, better known as Heron Tower, Sushisamba offers the highest outdoor terraces in Europe, along with 360° panoramic views of the capital. Not content to let the vista do all the talking, however, prepare to have your attention diverted by the unique Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion cuisine, as well as some seriously striking interior design.


Galvin at Windows

Given its position on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane, one of the city’s ‘old guard’ of skyscrapers, Galvin at Windows is often overlooked. To do so, however, would be to miss out not only on the stunning views of Buckingham Palace, Green Park, the Shard and the London Eye, but also a very special 1930s-style (and did we mention Michelin-starred?) fine-dining experience.

Searcys at the Gherkin

For a truly memorable occasion, join the affluent dining elite at Searcys, housed on the 39th floor of one of London’s most iconic buildings. While uninterrupted 360° views are to be expected, they are no less impressive once witnessed, though they may seem like an unnecessary side dish once you’ve sampled the superb menu on offer.


Aqua Shard

No list of London’s best restaurants with a view would be complete without Aqua Shard, which offers panoramic views of the capital from its 31st floor situ within the country’s tallest building. With so much to see, the much-lauded contemporary British menu has a lot to compete with. Happily, it more than rises to the challenge.

Portrait Restaurant

Whether you’d prefer to enjoy the unparalleled views of Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column through its wall of windows for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, the Portrait Restaurant’s affordable yet elegant fare will prepare you to experience the cultural sights of the city, not to mention those in the gallery just below.


Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Set atop the City’s Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie building, if the west-facing views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the snaking River Thames don’t impress you, the elegant tasting menus, impressive wine list and altogether sumptuous fine dining experience at Fenchurch certainly will. For the very best views, set some time aside to have a drink at the Sky Pod bar before or after your meal.

OXO Tower

If your date isn’t a fan of heights but can’t resist the romance of a sparkling skyline, the dining room on the 8th floor of the South Bank’s iconic OXO Tower may be the perfect compromise. St Paul’s Cathedral may take centre stage as you both gaze out through the vast floor-to-ceiling glass frontage, but Head Chef Jeremy Bloor’s seasonal menu provides an admirable supporting cast.


Feature images © Aqua Shard; Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill; Galvin at Windows


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