London’s Best Riverside Restaurants

Food & Drink
3rd August 2023
riverside restaurants in london

From Rick Stein’s Thames-side restaurant to London Shell Co.’s water vessels, there’s something magical about dining by the waterside. Although us Londoners can’t enjoy seaside locations with the sound of waves crashing into the shore, we can get our water experience with a visit to a riverside restaurant. If you love a waterside view, scroll on for our edit of the best riverside restaurants in London. 

Top Riverside Restaurants In London

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Rick Stein – Barnes

You might commonly associate him with Cornwall but Rick Stein can also be found serving up his fishy fare by the Thames in Barnes. 

Sat overlooking the river, the restaurant serves up fresh fish and seafood from Cornwall. Menu highlights include the lemon sole veronique, Indonesian seafood curry and sea bass with hot, sweet chilli sauce, roasted cashew nuts and pak choi.



Darcie & May Green

As colourful as they come, Darcie & May Green is the canalside venture from brunch specialists Daisy Green. Located in Sheldon Square, this multi-coloured boat is covered in bespoke artwork by British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake.

With seats inside and aboard the top deck, they serve up some of the best Aussie brunch staples in the city, from sweetcorn fritters with smashed avo, poached eggs, red pepper, habanero and almond sauce, feta and corn ribs to fancy bacon rolls with crispy onions, poaches eggs, hollandaise, chilli, and paratha roti.

Plus, they have recently opened up another vessel, Peggy Jean at Riverside Green, Richmond which is well worth the visit.



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Sea Containers Restaurant

Famously sitting beside the river is Sea Containers, the iconic hotel that’s complete with design classics, a world-famous bar and views that stretch out over the river and beyond. 

The restaurant’s menu is centered around the idea of sharing, celebrating seasonality and ingredient-led cooking. Plus their brunch offering is one you shouldn’t miss.

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD

The Bingham Hotel

Al fresco dining doesn’t get better than Bingham Riverhouse, nestled on the banks of the Thames in Richmond. Their newly launched Riverhouse Secret Garden Restaurant provides an idyllic oasis and can be accessed via the river’s towpath, making it the perfect stop off on a river walk.

Choose from handcrafted cocktails or a bottle of wine from the curated list, which has been expertly paired with the summer menu. Dishes range from refreshing salads such as summer melon and prosciutto to mains of fresh Brixham Market fish or corn wild garlic and herb gnocchi and there’s always room for their refreshing summer blueberry with rhubarb ice cream.

61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 6UT


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Swan at the Globe

Located in the heart of Bankside by Bankside Pier, Tate Modern and nearby Borough Market, Swan at the Globe is the ideal central riverside spot.

The modern British restaurant serves up dishes that champion seasonal ingredients, from swan prawn cocktail with avo puree and dried cherry tomatoes to herb-crusted saddle of Welsh lamb for two.

More into your brunch? Book in for their weekend brunch and cocktails.

21 new globe walk, bankside, se1 9dt


A haven in the summertime, Towpath is the canal-side cafe you need on your radar. With great coffee, a changing seasonal menu and run by the friendliest bunch, it’s no wonder this spot is always heaving. Grab a seat out on the canal path and spend your day people-watching the day go by.

42 De Beauvoir Crescent, N1 5SB

London Shell Co.

With two floating boats in Paddington, London Shell Co. specialises in fresh fish. Their vessel, The Grand Duchess, is filled with airy, light interiors and has a menu that nods to British classics. They use the freshest fish available, with their catch-of-the-day ingredients coming from Kernowsashimi and Wild Harbour.

Or cruise along the canal at The Prince Regent. Regularly changing, their menu is filled with dishes such as cured mackerel with Nutbourne Farm panzanella; smoked haddock risotto with saffron; and lemon curd tart with white chocolate and pistachio.



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The Petersham Restaurant

Escape the hustle and bustle of city living and nip over to Richmond to experience the capital in a new light. The Petersham Restaurant is where you’ll find us sipping wine, dining on seasonal-led dishes and soaking up the Thames side views. 

Head chef Jean-Didier and his team can be found serving up modern British fare, including Sunday lunch and afternoon.

The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ

The River Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay

Take your weekday dining up a notch with The River Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay. Perfect for special occasions, the restaurant is located inside the Savoy and boasts panoramic views over the Thames. 

You’ll find the team serving up the best shellfish and seafood from across the UK, from fresh oysters and ceviches to Gordon’s famous fish and chips with all the trimmings.

Savoy Hotel, Strand, WC2R 0EU

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Set up by brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, Caravel is a restaurant and bar that’s housed on a converted barge. The floating restaurant’s menu is concise and simple, highlighting the best of each season’s ingredients.



Le Pont de la Tour

Terrace dining at its finest, Le Pont de la Tour is one of D&D’s brainchilds, renowned for serving up French fare. 

And you can’t fault the views – unrivalled views right in front of the Tower Bridge, the Thames and other iconic landmarks.

36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, Borough, SE1 2YE

Gaucho Tower Bridge

Riverside views? Check. Delicious cocktails? Check. Succulent steak? Triple check. Head over to Gaucho’s Tower Bridge location to experience London’s best Argentinean offering. 

Grab a selection of empanadas; seared diver scallops; and sea bass ceviche, before ordering your steak of choice.

Ideal for chewing down on an incredible steak with a glass of red wine.

2 More London Riverside, SE1 2AP


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From the same group as Coppa Club comes Tavolino, the riverside Italian that’s quickly become known for its signature cocktails, authentic cuisine and Thames-side views. 

Tuck into the likes of crispy fried squid with rocket and piquillo pepper salad; wild red prawn and sundried tomato tagliatelle; whole baked seabream with tomatoes olives and oregano; and pizza topped to the nines with fresh ingredients and cheeses. 


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2 More London Riverside, SE1 2AP

No 29 Power Station West

Battersea Power Station has become a thriving space in recent years thanks to its regeneration, and where better to soak up some sunny rays than at one of its riverside restaurants.

We love No 29 Power Station West for its neighbourhood feel, fun interiors and light lunches. 

29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW8 4NN

Plaquemine Lock

Those in the know will already be obsessed with this one, but those who don’t, Plaquemine Lock is a traditional English pub overlooking Regents Canal. 

Having always had a reputation for its quality food, the kitchen now serves up Creole cuisine – think dishes such as oysters piquants grilled with chilli butter; shrimp and grits with bacon and sauce; jambalaya for two; and seafood delights.

139 Graham Street, N1 8LB

Coppa Club

When we think of a London igloo, we always immediately think of Coppa Club, and where better to sip cocktails inside an igloo than at their Tower Bridge venue. 

Overlooking the Thames, their terrace is a sun trap so expect to want to order cocktail after cocktail. This year’s summer igloo theme is yet to be announced but we’re expecting a whole lot of florals coming our way…

3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH


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The River Cafe

Dating back to 1987, The River Cafe is still Londoners favourite spot for drinks and dinner with a view. 

Head over to West London and enjoy dishes such as calamari ai ferri – chargrilled squid with fresh red chilli and rocket; spaghetti alle vongole with clams, parsley, garlic, chilli and Fracassi Favorita; and costoletta di vitello al forno – wood-roasted thick-cut veal chop with salsa verde, slow-cooked peas and rocket. 

Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith, W6 9HA

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Bread Street Kitchen on the River

Home to panoramic views of the River Thames and the Canary Wharf skyline, Bread Street Kitchen on the River is the all-day dining destination to know. It serves up brasserie-style dishes, weekend bottomless brunches, cocktails and a Sunday roast the whole fmaily will love.

44 narrow street, e14 8dj 

Hithe + Seek

Wine lovers, Hithe + Seek is the wine bar and restaurant you’ll want to explore next. Home to breathtaking views over the Thames, expect a wine list made up of 80 references, carefully selected from old and new grapes and regions known for their wine.

The menu is centred around wine pairing, so grab a bite to eat while sipping on your favourite bottle.

60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD

Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

Regent’s Canal will have you feeling like you’re in the Mexican Riviera this spring thanks to the Rotunda’s new terrace launch.

Look forward to tucking into the likes of the chargrilled rump of Texel lamb; chimichurri spatchcock poussin; and sticky Corneyside Farm beef croquettes, all served with riverside views.

Kings Place, 90 York way, kings cross, n1 9ag

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