Restaurants with Views

The clocks have sprung forward, the blossom is blooming and summer is on its way. That means we take our socialising from underground to sky high, and in London this means iconic views of everything from Hyde Park to the Thames. Whether you fancy a cocktail in Canary Wharf or brunch in Shoreditch, here are 17 of the best views in London to enjoy at any time of day, for any occasion.

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Views of the Thames

As well as nine cuts of British Steak and over 100 gins, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar has spectacular panoramic views out across the Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Eating and sightseeing in one. Ideal.

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Website: www.gillrays.com

Aqua Shard

London's Tallest Building

If you want the best views of London, then you’re going to want to go as high as you can and where can you do that? The Shard of course – it is after all London’s tallest buildings. Sat on the 31st floor is Aqua Shard, a restaurant and bar serving up contemporary British cuisine. With walls made from glass, the food might be second to the views but, that’s not to say it isn’t well worth eating here, we especially recommend the weekend brunch. Great for stunning views. Not so great if you get vertigo.

Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Website: www.aquashard.co.uk

Skylon

Skylon

Sights of Southbank

There’s no denying that there is something magical about Southbank at night with its twinkling lights and for the restaurant with the best views of this slice of London you’ll want Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall. On the menu you’ll find the likes of seared yellowfish tuna with sesame, wasabi, ponzu and black radish and suckling pig belly, seared scallops, turnip dauphinoise, honey and mustard jus.

Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.2 miles)
Website: www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk

Bronte

Views of Trafalgar Square

Nelson’s Column, arguably one of London’s most recognisable sights, but did you know that Nelson was also known as the 1st Duke of Bronte – hence why Bronte, the restaurant with views of Trafalgar Square is called Bronte. Now that the weather is looking up, pull up a pew on their terrace and drink under the watchful eye of Lord Nelson.

Where: 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5EJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Website: www.bronte.co.uk

Coq d'Argent

City Garden

Coq d’ Argent may look rather unassuming from the ground but once you head up, you’ll find a secret city garden and terrace. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of truffle tortellini, vichyssoise and parmesan and red wine braised chicken, lardons, button mushrooms and mashed potatoes. When it comes to landmark spotting you’re in prime position being close to St Pauls and the with views out across the city.

Where: No 1 Poultry, Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Cannon Street (0.1 miles)
Website: www.coqdargent.co.uk

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

The Club Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Hidden away on the 9th floor of Jumeirah Carlton Tower is The Club Room. They’re known for their healthy lunch buffet, which has dishes like pearl and black quinoa salad with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds and barrel aged feta and egg white omelette with chia seeds, spinach, avocado and pimento. What they should also be known for is the view you get when you are there, which covers Knightsbridge, Chelsea and beyond. Take the panoramic lift up there for the full experience.

Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
Website: www.jumeirah.com

Aviary

City Views

Being on the tenth floor in the city normally means you’re sat at your desk but trade your view from computer to skyline at Aviary. One of London’s newest rooftop venues, the 10th floor bar is as suited to breakfast meeting as it is to sundowner. Start with a cocktail, order a couple of plates from the grill and you’re good to go.

Where: 10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.aviarylondon.com

Lighterman

The Lighterman

Canalside Al Fresco

In the heart of Granary Square, The Lighterman has an enviable position overlooking Regents Canal. Whilst pretty at night when the fountains are lit up, it’s hard to beat a visit in the summer when the doors are flung open and the dual-aspect terrace is scattered with glasses of Aperol, rosé and ice-cold lager.

Where: 3 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH
Nearest station: London St Pancras (0.2 miles)
Website: www.thelighterman.co.uk

Galvin

London Hilton on Park Lane

Michelin Starred Dining and 360 Degree Views

Get yourself in the lift at London Hilton on Park Lane and press 28. Not only will you emerge with 360 degree views of Hyde Park and beyond but you’ll experience Michelin-starred French haute cuisine. Galvin at Windows last year celebrated its tenth anniversary, and though the skyline has changed over the years the iconic sites remain the same; Buckingham Palace, Canary Wharf, the London Eye and Wembley Stadium.

Where: 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Website: www.Hilton.co.uk/londonparklane

Thomas Cubitt

The Thomas Cubitt

Quintessentially British Pub

Not a sky high view, but quintessentially English nonetheless, The Thomas Cubitt overlooks the cobbled streets and boutique shops of Belgravia. Enjoy an al fresco lunch (preferably with your Instagram-famous dog sat obediently by your feet) and watch the world go by. The very well-heeled world…

Where: 44 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.3 miles)
Website: www.thethomascubitt.co.uk

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