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Best London Restaurants With a View

London Views for Lunch and Dinner

Updated: October 17, 2023
 By Margaret

There are thousands of places to eat in London and sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to dine!

This little list of the best London restaurants with a view is here to point you in the right direction by highlighting the restaurants here that feature fabulous views of the hustle and bustle of the city for those who want to enjoy London’s skyline while they dine.

Be sure to read our companion post on the best London bars with a view as well as our Guide to London on a Budget.

We rank the prices of the bars on a scale of £ (very cheap) to ££££ (very pricey).

Tate Modern Restaurant

Located on Level 6 of the Tate Modern Museum sits the Rex Whistler Restaurant.

Fine food including most of your favorite dishes, afternoon cream teas and a wide selection of cakes are all on offer here along with an incredible view over the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral.

Beautiful during the day and particularly stunning at night, the restaurant with its large dining room is worth visiting even for those who may not be fans of modern art.

Even with the lavish, expansive wine list, this is still one of the more affordable restaurants on our list.

Address: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG

Nearest Underground Station: Blackfrairs

Price: £

Aqua Shard

Sitting on the 31st floor of the tallest building in the European Union (as of writing – 2015) sits Aqua Shard.

One of a number of restaurants in the Shard building, Aqua Shard is the most affordable with a light breakfast of juice and coffee served up with a selection of pastries all with a bill of under £10!

The view from Aqua Shard. Image source: Pixabay user Bilal El-Daou.
The view from Aqua Shard. Image source: Pixabay user Bilal El-Daou.

They also serve several cocktail options, so choose the one you like. The food here is a modern take of classic British and, where possible, ingredients are sourced from Borough Market just next door.

As you can imagine, being located in the Shard, Aqua Shard has some of the finest views in town with sweeping vistas along the Thames from Tower Bridge in the East all the way into Westminster.

Address: Level 31, The Shard, 21 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY

Nearest Underground Station: London Bridge

Price: £ [Breakfast] £££ [Lunch and Dinner]

Darwin Brasserie

The 4th highest restaurant in London, the Darwin Brasserie is located in the Walkie Talkie Building’s Sky Garden – one of the newest vantage points in town.

The Sky Garden in London. Image source: Pixabay user Glenn Cannell.
The Sky Garden in London. Image source: Pixabay user Glenn Cannell.

The views here are over the City and along the River Thames, and the Sky Garden itself is open to visitors to explore either before/after they have eaten.

The food here is British classics with modern flair and is remarkably affordable considering the prime location in the center of London with one of the best views in the capital.

You will find approximately everything from seafood to vegetarian unique dishes.

Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY

Nearest Underground Station: Monument

Price: ££

Blueprint Café

The Blueprint Café is located on the south-eastern edge of Central London, on top of the London Design Museum, which means it comes with a prime location on the edge of the River Thames.

Floor-to-ceiling windows here mean there are uninterrupted views of the Thames, Tower Bridge, and out to the Docklands.

When the weather is good, there is an outdoor terrace for meals al fresco.

The menu here is European and changes with the seasons. Expect a small amount of choice but delicious food accompanied by an extensive wine list.

Address: The Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD

Nearest Underground Station: London Bridge or Tower Hill

Price: ££

OXO Restaurant

The OXO Tower is a London landmark and an excellent design of art deco sitting right on the southern banks of the Thames.

There is an outdoor terrace at the brasserie for outdoor dining, and the more expensive restaurant area has a frontage made totally of glass.

Dining here takes place on the 8th story so this location is not as tall as others, but the views are still commanding.

So no matter where you choose to dine, you’ll be getting great views of the river and into the City featuring St. Paul’s Cathedral and the towering turrets of the Royal Courts of Justice.

Expect excellent service, modern British cuisine with a pan-Asian twist, and a wine list with over 800 choices! Vegetarians and vegans take note, there is an entire menu here for you, too!

Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, SE1 9PH

Nearest Underground Station: Waterloo or Temple

Price: ££ [Brasserie] £££ [Restaurant]

Coq D’Argent

Visits to Coq D’Argent start off with a ride in a posh private lift, which takes guests up into a gorgeous rooftop garden that overlooks London’s financial district.

The views of the skyline here – particularly that of Mansion House and St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as the other towering turrets of London’s skyscrapers - are spectacular but it’s the impressively manicured lawns and topiaries that really complete the look.

The food here is regional French and although the dining is decadent there are both fine and casual dining (at the brasserie) choices available.

Address: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

Nearest Underground Station: Bank

Price: ££ [Brasserie] ££££ [Restaurant]


A unique menu is on offer at Sushisamba with food that displays a blend of Peruvian, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisine.

The food is delicious but does come with a hefty price tag. It’s worth it, though, for the views here.

This is the second-tallest restaurant in London and the views are directed out into the East, highlighting the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and all the way out into the Olympic Park!

There’s an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Gherkin which is an incredible place to sit during the summer months, basking in the sunshine overlooking nearly the entire city.

Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Nearest Underground Station: Liverpool Street

Price: ££££

City Social

City Social is located on the 24th floor, surrounded by the modern megaliths of the City of London.

You’ll be face-to-face with landmarks like the Shard, the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin, and the Walkie-Talkie (the building that melted a car!).

The food here is the creation of master chef Jason Atherton and features modern British tastes with Asian and Mediterranean flavors.

As you may expect, sitting in the heart of the financial district, this is a restaurant for splashing the cash so consider this one for a special occasion.

Address: 24th Floor, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ

Nearest Underground Station: Bank

Price: ££££

Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows was one of the first restaurants to capitalise on the vistas and views of London, opening in 2006.

The views here are verdant, overlooking posh Park Lane and into the gorgeous Hyde Park, as well as looking down onto Buckingham Palace.

Food is French…and expensive but the views at night, with the city lit up from below is a true experience.

Address: London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE

Nearest Underground Station: Hyde Park Corner

Price: ££££

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Perched high above the vibrant streets of Peckham, Bussey Rooftop Bar offers a stunning view across London's distinctive skyline.

Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, the Shard, and the Gherkin are your dining companions here. The culinary offerings at Bussey are just as exciting, with a varied fusion of flavors.

Expect a gastronomic journey that takes you from British classics to Asian delicacies and Mediterranean delights, all under one roof.

And given its hip location, Bussey has an atmosphere that's more relaxed than its high-end counterparts, but still perfect for a special occasion.

Address: 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST

Nearest Underground Station: Peckham Rye

Price: £££

Duck & Waffle

Nestled atop a towering skyscraper, Duck & Waffle is a gastronomic retreat located on the 40th floor, known for its unparalleled panoramic views of London's skyline.

Iconic landmarks like the Shard, the Gherkin, and the winding Thames River serve as the backdrop to your fine-dining experience.

The culinary artistry is no less inspiring, with the kitchen led by a team of creative chefs curating a menu that beautifully amalgamates British fare with European undertones.

Their namesake dish, the Duck & Waffle, has gained an almost legendary status among patrons. Although it's situated in London's bustling financial district, Duck & Waffle exudes a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.

Uniquely, it's open 24/7, making it an ideal spot for celebrating special moments or simply indulging in an exquisite meal at any hour.

Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Nearest Underground Station: Liverpool Street

Price: ££££

Boundary London

Positioned in the eclectic Shoreditch district, Boundary London is a unique dining and hospitality experience.

Located within a converted Victorian warehouse, this establishment strikes a chord with its blend of historical charm and contemporary elegance.

The rooftop, one of the site's primary attractions, offers guests a serene city view, making it an urban oasis in the heart of bustling London.

The restaurant within Boundary London showcases the diversity of European cuisine, with an emphasis on French gastronomy.

Each dish tells a story of tradition and innovation, masterfully prepared by skilled chefs. Boundary London's welcoming atmosphere is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a memorable celebration or a casual rendezvous.

Address: 2-4 Boundary St, Hackney, London E2 7DD

Nearest Underground Station: Shoreditch High Street

Price: ££££

Swan at the Globe

Adjacent to the historic Shakespeare's Globe, the Swan at the Globe is an integral part of London's rich cultural fabric.

Offering dazzling views of the Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral, this eatery combines stunning vistas with signature British cuisine.

Its charming atmosphere makes it ideal for both special occasions and relaxed meals.

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

Nearest Underground Station: Blackfriars

Price: £££

Fenchurch Restaurant

Perched in the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, Fenchurch Restaurant is a distinctive culinary gem in London.

A confluence of urban sophistication and garden serenity, it offers remarkable city views and signature contemporary British dishes.

The atmosphere exudes warmth, making it ideal for special celebrations or a memorable meal.

Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Nearest Underground Station: Monument

Price: ££££

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 17th, 2023
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