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Galvin at Windows

The Balcony, Galvin at Windows, 28th floor, London Hilton Hotel, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1BE. +44 207208 4021 Visit the bar before your meal in the restaurant itself, or if you simply fancy a drink with a view of the London Eye, Galvin at Windows is sure to impress. Galvin's offers diners a 180° panorama from Buckingham Palace to the West End. Tables situated near the glass walls have a wonderful view, with Big Ben visible. Mon to Wed 11am-1am. Thurs to Sat 11am-3am. Sun 11am-11pm.

Heights Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, 15th floor, Saint George's Hotel, Langham Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 2QS. +44 20 7580 0111 The top floor bar at the St George's hotel, off Regent Street, offers stunning views of London allowing you to contemplate the rushing city below. email

Aqua London Nueva, 5th floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance at 30 Argyll Street), Soho, London, W1F 7EB. +44 20 7478 0540 This opulent Spanish restaurant is one of three possibilities within the building.

Aqua Kyoto, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll St), Soho, London, W1B 3BR +44 20 7478 0540 Bar of the Year 2010. Spectacular views across London. Rooftop terrace too. Mon to Sat 12 noon-3pm. 6pm-11pm. Sun Closed.

Aqua Spirit, Fifth floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll St), Mayfair, London, W1B 2EL +44 20 7478 0540 Offers a choice of three roof terraces overlooking Regent Street where you can sip champagne wrapped up in cashmere blankets.

5th View Bar, 5th floor, Waterstones Books, 203-205 Piccadilly, St James, London, W1J 9HA. +44 20 7851 2433 Views of London towards the Palace of Westminster are really impressive.

Morton's, 28 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6EN. +44 20 7499 0363 (Bar/Club). This private members' club and bar also has a rather swanky restaurant that boasts a tiny balcony overlooking Berkeley Square.

The Terrace and Grill Bar, 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH. Overlooking Piccadilly. Starwood.

Lanes of London, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, 140 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 7AA. +44 20 7647 5664

Benihana, 37 Sackville St, Picadilly London, W1S 3DQ. +44 20 7494 2525

Minako Dining View


Minako at the Met, 23rd Floor, Hilton London Metropole, 225 Edgware Road, Marylebone, London, W2 1JU. +44 20 7402 4141 Discover an oasis of calm in this 23th-floor Asian fusion restaurant with breathtaking views of the London skyline and the River Thames.

Island Grill, Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London, W2 2TY. +44 20 7551 6070 Hyde Park Views. Daily: 7am-12 midnight. Lunch and dinner available daily 12 noon-10.30pm. Bar menu available all day.

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, Serpentine Rd,  Hyde Park, London W2 2UH. +44 20 7706 8114

Pissarro's, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick, London, W4 2UG. +44 20 8994 3111 email

The Crabtree, Rainville Road, Fulham, London, W6 9HA. +44 20 7385 3929 Iconic Victorian pub set on the river in Fulham. It has stunning views of the River Thames from its extensive beer garden & riverside terrace. Mon to Sat 12 noon-11pm. Sun 12 noon-10.30pm. Food Mon to Sat 12 noon-pm. 6pm-10pm. Sun 12 noon-9pm. email

River Cafe, Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA. +44 20 7386 4200 By underground: Hammersmith Station (18 minute walk), Piccadilly Line, District Line, Hammersmith & City Line. On North bank of the Thames. Closed dinner sundays.

Riverside, St. Katharine Docks, London, W6 9RL. +44 20 8237 1009 In development.

Dove London Restaurant river views

The Dove

The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA. +44 872 148 5203 Modest yet beautiful views of the river from Hammersmith in this delightful 17th century riverside pub on Upper Mall. Pub grub.

The Old Ship W6, 25 Upper Mall, London, W6 9TD. +44 20 8748 2593 . Wonderful panorama of the Thames passing by.

Min Jiang Bar and Restaurant, 10th floor, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4PT. +44 20 7361 1988. +44 20 8166 2940. Both the Chinese restaurant and bar have breathtaking views of Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and London's skyline beyond. Restaurant daily 12 noon-3pm. 6pm-10.30pm. Bar daily 12 noon-3pm. 6pm-11pm. Sunday close 10.30pm. email

Babylon at The Roof Gardens, 7th floor, 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA. +44 207 368 3993 Access to the building is via Derry Street. Rooftop restaurant is set in a leafy oasis. High up on the 7th floor with amazing views over London's skyline.

.Belvedere  Dining View


Belvedere, Off Abbottsbury Road, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU. +44 20 7602 1238

The Orangery, Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington Gdns, London, W8 4PX. +44 20 3166 6112 When the weather is fine, sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the views of the palace and its elegant gardens. Oct till Feb 10am-5pm. Mar till Sept 9am-6pm.

Canalside Garden, The Union Tavern, 45 Woodfield Road, Westbourne Park, London, W9 2BA. +44 20 7286 1886 The main bar is split into dining and bar areas. Downstairs in "The Snug" you can access the heated garden and barbecue area and you will find table after table beneath large black umbrellas, all overlooking the slow-flowing canal.

The Waterway Bar & Restaurant, 54 Formosa Street, Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JU. +44 20 7266 3557 This bar and restaurant in Little Venice might not have the dramatic views of being up high in a building but it does have the luxury of outdoor seating and the Grand Union Canal. During the summer months, this restaurant comes into its own when the decked terrace offers a BBQ. Mon to Fri 12 noon-11pm. Sat 10am-11pm. Sun 10am-10.30pm. Subway: Warwick Avenue.

The Summerhouse, 60 Blomfield Road, Paddington, London, W9 2PA. +44 20 7286 6752 Overlooking the Grand Union Canal Now open all year and during the Winter months transform into a cosy venue whilst still retaining a Summer feel. email.

West Central


The Paramount Club

The Paramount Club, 32nd floor, Centre Point, 101 New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 1DD. +44 20 7420 2900 The restaurant offers panoramic 360-degree views of London through the floor-to-ceiling windows, as far as Windsor Castle. The extensive drinks list is accompanied by a variety of light bar snacks. $ Also Paramount Bar, Gallery.

The Terrace

The Terrace

The Terrace, 21 The Market, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RD. +44 20 7836 2137

Amphitheatre Restaurant and Terrace, Royal Opera House, Bow St, London, WC2E 9DD. +44 20 7212 9254 Mon to Fri 9am-5pm. Closed Sat & Sun.

Portrait Restaurant London Dining View

Portrait Restaurant views

The Portrait Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martins Place, London, WC2H 0HE. +44 20 7312 2490 With views across some of London's best known landmarks, the Portrait Restaurant is located within the National Portrait Gallery. The newly-refurbished roof-top restaurant boasts spectacular views over London, and has established itself as one of the capital's most sought after dining areas, set 92 feet above ground level on the third floor of the Gallery's Ondaatje Wing. Breakfast Mon to Sun 10am-11.30am. Lunch Mon to Fri 11.45am-3pm. Afternoon Tea Mon to Sun 3.30pm-5pm. Pre Theatre Dinner is served Thurs & Fri 5.30pm-8.30pm. Brunch Sat & Sun 11.30am-2.45 pm.

National Dining Rooms, 1st floor, Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, Trafalgar Sq, WC2. +44 20 7747 2525 Mon to Sun 10am-5pm. Afternoon Tea 14.30-16.30 Fridays 10am-10pm. Afternoon Tea 14.30 - 16.30.

R.S.Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 5DJ. +44 20 7839 3011 Restaurant, bars and events venue with stunning views of the river in the heart of London. Permanently moored on the Thames alongside Victoria Embankment by Jubilee Footbridge, just opposite the London Eye, the R. S. Hispaniola's beautiful, fully air-conditioned restaurant, serving high-quality food, provides a relaxed, gastronomic haven amidst the city bustle with fabulous views from both decks by day and night. 

Thames Dinner Cruise, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, Victoria, London, WC2N 6NU. +44 20 3551 3942 With picturesque views of the London skyline, Thames Dinner Cruise offers a modern European menu and contemporary dining right on the River Thames. During the elegant river cruise, a lively 4-piece band play background music. This restaurant cruise has a formal dress code; jeans & trainers are not permitted.

Radio Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, 10th floor, ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand London WC2R 1HA. +44 207 395 3400 Incredible panoramic views of London's skyline including St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames. Mon to Wed 11am–1am. Thurs to Sat 11am–3am. Sun 11am–10.30pm.

Yacht  Dining View

The Yacht London

The Yacht London (originally the St Katharine) London, Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London. WC2R 2PN . +44 20 7836 1566 With some of the most spectacular views of London as a backdrop, the St. Katharine Restaurant can accommodate both public and private dining. Tuesday to Saturday open from 12 noon until 4pm (last sitting). Sundays open from 12 noon until the last sitting at 7pm. Closed on Monday. Reservations advisable.

El Barco Latino Restaurant and Bar, Temple Pier, Victora Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN. +44 20 7379 5496 Formerly a barge Wilfred. Spanish food. Tues to Thurs 12 noon-12 midnight. Fri & Sat 12 noon-3am. Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Near the Temple underground station.

South West

Westminster and St James

Inn the Park Dining View

Inn the Park

Inn the Park, The Store Yard,  Horse Guards Rd, St James's Park, London, SW1A 2BJ. +44 20 7451 9999 Front terrace of this cafe/restaurant in the park overlooks the lake. Mon to Fri 8am-6pm. Sat and Sun 9am-6pm. Breakfast 8am (9am on Weekends) to 11am (Last booking at 10.45am). Lunch 12 noon-3pm (Last booking at 2.45pm). Afternoon Tea 3pm-4.30pm. facebook

Trafalgar Vista  Dining View


Vista at the Trafalgar, Trafalgar Hotel, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS. +44 20 7870 2900 Hilton.

Sky Lounge, Top floor, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London-Westminster, 30 John Islip Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 4DD. +44 20 7709 1000 Great Houses of Parliament, London Eye and the River Thames views. Private events.

The River Room and Paint Gallery, 2nd floor, Millbank Tower, 21 Milbank, London, SW1P 4QP. +44 845 500 2929 Stunning floor to ceiling windows offering views of the River Thames. Events only.

Altitude London, 29th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP. +44 20 7592 7908

The Fifth Floor Cafe and Terrace, Harvey Nickols', 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ. +44 20 7823 1839 The Fifth Floor Café looks out over Knightsbridge and has a more informal atmosphere so why not book a table on the terrace (weather permitting). Breakfast Mon to Sat 8am-12 Noon. Sun 11am-5pm. LUNCH Mon to Sat 12 noon-3pm. Sun 12 noon-5pm. Afternoon Tea Mon to Sun 3pm-6pm. Dinner Mon to Sat 6pm-11pm. Sun No Dinner.

Cheyne Walk Brasserie, 50 Cheyne Walk, London, SW3 5LR. Stunning river view. +44 20 7376 8787 Chelsea. Mon to Sat from 7pm until 10.30pm. Tues to Sat from 12 noon until 3pm. Sunday from 12 noon until 3.30pm. Subway Sloane Square or South Kensington. email

Roof Terrace, The White House, 65 Clapham Park Road, Clapham, London, SW4 7EH. +44 20 7498 3388 Bar/Restaurant/Club. Lovely wooden roof terrace from the beginning of May till the end of September. Nearest Tube: 4 mins walk from Clapham Common Station. facebook email

Aqua River Dining View

Aqua River Brasserie

Aqua River Brasserie, Unit 12 Flagstone House, 9 St Georges Wharf, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LE. +44 207 820 3609 Subway Vauxhall. email

The Riverside, Hamilton House, 5 St George's Wharf, London, SW8 2LE. An oasis hidden away in the St George Wharf complex on the banks of the river Thames. email

Chelsea Riverside Brasserie, Wyndham Grand London, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XG. +44 20 3641 7664 Area: West Brompton.

Ambrosia Bistro/Bar, Bridges Wharf, Battersea, London, SW11 3BE. +44 20 7801 3500 Panoramic views of the River Thames.

Banyan on the Thames, Hotel Rafayel, Falcon Wharf, 34 Lombard Road, London, SW11 3RF. +44 20 7801 3610 email

Thai River  Dining View

Thai on the River

Thai on the River, Groveside Court, 2 Lombard Road, London, SW11 3RQ. +44 20 7924 6090 Mon to Sat 12 noon-3pm 5pm-11pm. Sun 12 noon-3pm. 5.30pm-10.30pm.

Sun Inn, 7 Church Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9HE. +44 20 8876 5256 With views across the duck-filled Barnes pond you get a little bit of the countryside in London.

White Hart Terrace Dining View

White Hart

White Hart, The Terrace, Riverside, Barnes, London, SW13 0NR. +44 872 148 5419 An unparalleled location and charming atmosphere set the scene for a top riverside visit. Outdoor heaters, blankets and hot water bottles furnish the stunning new terrace, which houses a winter BBQ and outside smokery! facebook

The Depot, Tideway Yard, Mortlake High St, Barnes, London, SW14 8SN. +44 20 8878 9462. +44 20 3551 2376.

Thai Square  Dining View

Thai Square

Thai Square, 2-4 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN. +44 20 8780 1811 Bar / Restaurant. With panoramic views over the River Thames, this Thai restaurant is situated adjacent to Putney Bridge. The contemporary restaurant and bar overlook the point at which the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race starts and features a full-length balcony at the water's edge. An inviting restaurant with gorgeous views over the Thames. Daily 12 noon-3pm. Also Mon to Thurs 5.30pm-11pm. Fri & Sat 5.30pm-11.30pm. Sun 5.30pm-10.30pm. email

The Ship, 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TB. +44 872 148 5379 Enjoy the charming beer garden at this lovely riverside pub. Gallery.

London East

Smith's of Smithfield, Rooftop Restaurant, 67-77 Charterhouse St, London, EC1M 6HJ. +44 20 7251 7950

Club Aquarium, 256-260 Old Street, City of London, London, EC1V 9DD. Bar/Club. +44 20 8878 9462 email

Quartier Restaurant, Eight Members' Club, Eight Moorgate, 1 Dysart Street, Moorgate, London EC2A 2BX. +44 20 73 929 410 Terrace. Members.

Quartier Lounge, Eight Members' Club, Eight Moorgate, 1 Dysart Street, Moorgate, London EC2A 2BX. +44 20 73 929 410 Members.

The Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, City, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX. +44 207 422 0958 This bar and club is set in the heart of London's financial sector and has possibly the best roof garden in the whole of London. More than just a bar, more than a just a gallery, the Queen of Hoxton entertains with a tight programme of live music, rolling art installations, photographic exhibitions, fringe theatre and film nights. Mon to Wed 12 noon-12 midnight. Thurs & Fri 12 noon-2am. Sat 12 noon-2am. Sun 12 noon–12 midnight. Subway: Old Street or Liverpool St. email

Duck and Wattle 40th floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY +44 203 640 7310 Mon to Fri 6am–11am. 11.30am–4.30pm. 5.30pm–11pm. Late night 11.30pm–5am. Weekends 6am–9am. Brunch 9am–4pm. 5pm–11pm. Late night 11.30pm–5am.

Vertigo 42, 42nd Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ. City-North. +44 20 7877 7842 Reserve well in advance if you want to go to Vertigo, London's highest bar atop Tower 42. May trump all the other City watering holes. Staggering views of the city can be had.. Mon to Fri 12 noon-3.45pm. Mon to Sat 5pm-11pm.

40/30, The Gerkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Sky Lounge, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London-Tower of London, Tower Hill, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF. +44 20 7709 1000 Mon to Sat 10am-2am Sun 11am-1am.

Barbecoa  Dining View


Barbecoa Restaurant, 20 New Change Passage, City of London, London, EC4M 9AG. +44 20 3005 8555 With beautiful views of St Paul's Catherdral, this new Jamie Oliver collaboration is a great restaurant for the meat-eating carnivores of the City of London to conduct business lunches. Subway St Pauls.

Madison, Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul's, London, EC4M 9AF. +44 20 8305 3088 Large open air roof terrace with full view of St Pauls.

High Timber, 8 High Timber St,  London, EC4V 3PA. +44 20 7248 1777 Dining on the banks of the Thames.

Northbank Restaurant, 1 Paul's Walk, Millennium Bridge, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 3QH. +44 20 8166 2952

Brasserie at Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD. +44 871 376 9036

Xi Bar & Lounge, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD. +44 871 376 9036 Stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge and the River Thames.

The Dickens Inn, Marble Quay, St Katharines Way, London E1W 1UH. +44 207 488 2208

River Lounge Italian, 50 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LA. +44 20 7702 4588

The Brasserie Restaurant, London The Tower, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD. 0871 376 9036 +44 845 305 8335

Smith's, 22 Wapping High St, Wapping London E1W 1NJ. +44 20 7488 3456 Smith's by the River boasts good views overlooking the River Thames via floor to ceiling glass windows.

The Grill, Dickens Inn, St Katherine's Docks, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1UH. +44 872 148 2192 On a pleasant day the outdoor terraces and garden here draw the crowds. British, Pizzeria, Pub Food.

Sailing Barge Will, St Katharine Yacht Haven, East Basin, London, E1W 1UH. +44 20 7022 2201 Beautiful historic Thames sailing barge offering Dinner Cruises. Subway Tower Gate or Tower Hill.

The Captain Kidd, 108 Wapping High Street, London, E1W 2NE. +44 871 951 1000 Superb views over the Thames. Subway: Bermondsey

River View Dining

River View

River View, 16 New Crane Wharf, Wapping High St, London, E1W 3TU. +44 20 7480 6026. +44 20 7481 1380. In a converted warehouse on Wapping High Street on the Thames.  Its spacious settings have a warm and relaxed atmosphere with exceptional river views. Only a two minute walk from Wapping Underground. email

Boundary Rooftop, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD. +44 20 7613 7906 Entrance in Redchurch Street. 360-degree views of Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Barbican and the spires of East London. Rooftop is accessible by a direct lift and is served by its own kitchen. A large rooftop bar with seating around an open fireplace and a garden. Open from 1 April until October, subject to weather conditions. Twitter opening times . email  

Pavilion Cafe at Victoria Park, Crown Gate West, London E9 7DE. +44 20 8980 0030 Crn Old Ford Rd and Grove Rd, E3. Suberb cafe overlooking ornimental lake in park. 8.30am-5pm.

Formans, Stour Rd, Fish Island, London E3 2NT. +44 208 5252 365 Riverside views over Olympic stadium. East End salmon smokery and restaurant by the River Lea. Nearest station:
Hackney Wick (Over ground), 1 stop from Stratford. Or Pudding Mill Lane (DLR), 1 stop from Stratford.

Elephant Royale Docklands, Lockes Wharf, Westberry Road, London, E14 3WA. +44 20 7987 7999 Authentic Royale Thai Cuisine.

Mem Sahib on Thames, 65-67 Amsterdam Rd, Docklands, London, E14 3UU. +44 20 7538 3008 Superb view over the river to the Dome. Mon to Fri 12 noon-3pm. 6pm-11.30pm. Sat 6pm-11.30pm. Sun 12 noon-4pm. 6pm-10.30pm. email

Corney and Barrow, 9 Cabot Sq., Canary Wharf, London, E14 4EB. +44 20 7512 0397 Mon & Tues 7.30am–11pm. Wed to Fri 7.30am–12am.

Americo Vespuchi, 25 Cabot Square, London, E14 4QA. +44 20 7513 0288 Outside bar and restaurant have a great view of the Docks. Mon to Fri 12 noon-3pm. 6pm-11pm. Sat dinner only 6pm-11pm. Sun closed.

La Tasca Kitchen, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AE. Seven days 12 noon-11pm.

The Cat and the Canary, 25-28 Fisherman's Walk, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4DH. 207 512 9187 Mon to Sat 11am-11pm. Sun 12 noon-8pm. Waterside.

Manhatten Grill, London Marriott West India Quay, 22 Herstmere Road, London, E14 4ED. 44 207 517 2808 Overlooking the Canary Wharf quay side. email . Transit Canary Wharf . map

Bar Quadrato, Four Seasons Hotel, 46 Westferry Circus, London, E14 8RS. Enjoy the spectacular outdoors through its three-story bank of windows. Gardens and Thames.

Royal China Riverside, 30 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RR. 020 7719 0888 Large alfresco terrace overlooking the Thames.

Gaucho, 29 Westferry Circus Canary Riverside, London, E14 8RR. +44 20 7987 9494 Tube: Canary Wharf (Jubilee), Westferry Circus or Canary Wharf (Docklands Light Railway). River Taxi: Mon to Fri until 7pm. This will take you directly outside Gaucho Canary (operates from Greenwich through to Savoy Pier near the Strand). email

Restaurant Plateau London Dining View


Plateau, 4th Floor, Canada Place, Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5ER. +44 872 148 3241 Gallery. +44 20 7715 7100

The Narrow, 44 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DP. +44 20 7592 7950 Mon to Fri 11.30am-3pm. 6pm-11pm. Sat 12 noon-4pm. 5.30pm-11pm. Sun 12 noon-4pm. 5.30pm-10.30pm. A Gordon Ramsay restaurant on the Thames banks with panoramic views. email . map

Restaurant Battery London Dining View

Battery Club

Battery Club, 34 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RR (former Ubon by Nobu site). +44 20 8305 3089 Panoramic views across the City and Docklands. Why not arrive by river via the Thames Clipper; they are situated right on the water and just a stone's throw from Canary Wharf Dock. Open Thursdays and Fridays for Supper Club. email

Gaucho Grill, 29 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RR. +44 20 7987 9494 Boasting a superb riverside location, the Gaucho Grill, Canary Wharf offers great river views. A continental feel is provided by the large summer terrace where guests enjoy alfresco drinking & dining whilst watching the world go by. Daily 12 noon-11pm. Subway: Canary Wharf map

Attic Canary  Dining View


Attic, 48th Floor, 3 Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9HN. +44 20 8858 2437 East India Dock, Millwall. Take in the wonderful panoramic views of London. The bar opens onto balconies with a breathtaking close-up of the Canary Wharf skyline & sweeping vistas which, weather permitting, embrace the London Eye and the Dartford river crossing. London's highest Champagne and cocktail bar. Open to non-residents from Tuesday to Saturday. 5pm-12 midnight. email

Tomkins Restaurant, 3 Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 9HN. +44 20 8305 3080 Canary Wharf's Tompkins Restaurant is one of the hottest places to dine in London's skyscraper district. Complete with a mezzanine cocktail bar with stunning views, plus an absolutely huge waterside terrace, Tompkins offers relaxed drinking and dining in superb surroundings at the foot of the 482 foot Pan Peninsula.

Byblos Harbour, 41 Millharbour, London, E14 9NB. +44 20 7538 4882

Scoff & Banter, Canary Wharf, 5 Fairmont Avenue, London E14 9PJ. +44 20 8820 8136 Day Menu served from 11am-5.30pm Evening Menu served from 5.30pm-10.30pm.

Gun  Dining View

The Gun

The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London, E14 9NS. +44 20 7515 5222 The Gun has a lovely deck providing impressive river views as well as views of the fast growing region of the Docklands. gallery email

Lotus Restaurant London Dining View


Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant, 38 Limeharbour, London, E14 9RH. +44 20 7515 6445 From 12 noon-10.30pm (Last Order). Dim Sum: 12 noon-4.30pm (Last order). email

Plateau, 4th Floor, Canada Place, Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5ER. +44 20 7715 7100

DoubleTree Restaurant, 4th floor, DoubleTree by Hilton, Royal Victoria Dock, 2 Festoon Way, London, E16 1RH. +44 20 7540 4820 Overlooking Docklands Daily 7am-11pm.

Yi-Ban, London Regatta Centre, Custom House, Dockside Road, London, E16 2QT. +44 20 7473 6699 Live smooth Jazz every Fridays & Saturday evening.

Docklands Bar & Grill, Crowne Plaza London Dockside, Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AL Long, bright, open bar with its impressive chandeliers is open till late and serves a variety of different beers and imaginative cocktails. Enjoy the views over Victoria Dock from the Docklands.

The Rooftop Shoreditch House, 5th floor, Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6AW. +44 20 7739 5040 Private club with rooftop lounge, where members can eat and drink. Outside of the lounge is an open-air swimming pool. Rooftop: Mon to Sat 7am-10pm. Sun 8am-10pm. Members only.

London South East

Roast, The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 1TL. +44 845 034 7300 Sun 11.30am-6pm. Mon to Fri 7am-10.30pm. Sat 8am-10.30pm.

Dim T (London Bridge), 2 More London Place (off Tooley Street), Southwark, London, SE1 2JP. +44 20 7403 7000

Anchor Bankside, 34 Park St, SE1 9EF. +44 20 7407 1577 Superb Thames views from terrace. Mon to Wed 11am-11pm. Thurs to Sat 11am-12 midnight. Sun 12 noon-11pm.

Gaucho, 2 More London Pl,  Southwark, London, SE1 2JP. +44 20 7407 5222

Le Pont De La Tour Restaurant, The Butlers Wharf Building, 36D Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE. +44 20 7403 8403

Butlers Wharf Chop House, 36e Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE. +44 20 7403 3403 Enjoy spectacular views of Tower Bridge from the terrace or relax in the restaurant set in a stunning location right on the river. email . map . MAP

All Bar One, Butlers Wharf, 34 Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YG. +44 872 148 4479 Classic, Shad Thames views. The spacious terrace has fantastic views down the Thames, especially Tower Bridge. Pub grub.

Blueprint Cafe, (above the Design Museum), Butlers Wharf, 28 Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YG. +44 20 7378 7031 The Design Museum is right on the river, and the second-floor restaurant features an all-glass north-facing wall with a view of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City. Spectacular view of the Thames.

Browns, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YG. +44 872 148 1382 With its fabulous waterfront setting and views of iconic London landmarks this branch of Browns is worth a visit. email

Ask Italian, Spice Quay, 34 Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YG. +44 20 7403 4545 Restaurant/Cafe.

Cantina del Ponte, Butlers Wharf Building, 36c Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE. +44 20 7403 5403

Cafe Loco Mensa, 3b Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7GP. +44 20 7401 6734

Cocco, 3 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7GQ. +44 20 7921 9352

Bagel Street Deli, 3G Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7GQ. +44 20 7401 7474

Troia Cafe Restaurant, 3F Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7GQ. +44 20 7633 9309

Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, SE1 M-F 12 noon-11pm. Sat from 10am Outside deck view??

The Ozu, The Terrace, 1st Floor, County Hall Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB. +44 20 7928 7766

All Bar One, 1-3 Chicheley Street, London, SE1 7PY. +44 20 7921 9471

Riverside Cafe & Bar, Albert Embankment, Lambeth Pier, Westminster, London, SE1 7SG. +44 20 7401 7575 Boasting amazing views up and down the river & over London's skyline.

Tamesis Dock Boat, Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP. +44 20 7582 1066 Tamesis Dock is a boat with views of the River Thames including the London Eye and Parliament. Pub Food. Music.

The Rose Pub, 35 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TL. +44 20 7735 3723. Great views of the Houses of Parliament and surrounding landmarks. Mon to Wed 11.30am-12 midnight. Thurs 11.30am-1am. Fri & Sat 11.30am-2am. Sun 12 noon-11pm. Food Mon to Sat 11.30am-10pm. Sun 11.30am-9pm.
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Primo Bar, Park Plaza Hotel, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7UT. +44 844 415 6790 Floor-to-ceiling windows give you a most impressive views of London, including Big Ben. MAP


The Archduke

The Archduke, Concert Hall Approach, South Bank, London, SE1 8XU. +44 20 7928 9370

Skylon Restaurant, 3rd floor, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX. +44 20 7654 7800  Located within the Royal Festival Hall , Skylon offers a spectacular panorama of London's skyline with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames. 10am–10.30pm daily. Also Skylon Bar and Riverside Terrace Cafe. email

Riverside Terrace Cafe, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX. +44 2079210758 A spacious, contemporary cafe with inspiring views of the Thames and the City itself. 7 Days 10am-10.30pm.

Concrete, the Hayward Gallery (Bar), Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX. +44 20 7928 4123 Another art gallery, another interesting space for romance on the banks fo the River Thames. The cocktail are great and there is plenty to discuss from this vantage point.

The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. +44 20 7928 9444 Views of the Thames. email

Anchor (London), 34 Park Street, London, SE1 9EF. +44 20 7407 1577

Real Greek Souvlaki and Bar, Units 1 & 2 Riverside House, 2A Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HA. +44 020 7620 0162

Founders Arms, 52 Hopton Street, Bankside, Blackfriars, London, SE1 9JH. +44 20 7928 1899

Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie, 8th Floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London, SE1 9PH. +44 20 7803 3888 Posher half of the Oxo experience, where you get a splendid eighth-floor view of the Thames & St Paul’s from a riverside location on the south bank of the Thames. You’ll be able to see most of central London in good weather. Try to get a table on the patio. Next to Blackfriars Bridge.

EAT (Oxo Tower), Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London, SE1 9PH. +44 20 7401 2255 On the eighth floor of the OXO Tower, located on the South Bank of the Thames, OXO's spectacular 250-foot terrace offers breathtaking views of the city,

Gourmet Pizza Co. (Waterloo), 56 Upper Ground, Gabriel's Wharf, Waterloo, London, SE1 9PP. +44 207 928 3188

Riviera Restaurant, Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, Lambeth, London, SE1 9PP. +44 020 7401 7314

The Deck 360, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX. +44 20 7452 3796 Stunning rooftop events venue.

Gong, 52nd floor, Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU., +44 20 7234 8000 Mon to Sat 12noon-1am (food served until midnight). Sun 12noon-12midnight.

TING Restaurant, 35th floor, Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU. +44 20 7234 8000 Breakfast 6.30am–10.30am. Lunch 12noon–2.30pm. Dinner 6pm–11.15pm.

Ting Lounge, 35th floor, Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU. +44 20 7234 8000 Breakfast 6.30am-10.30am. All-day dining 11.30am–11.30pm. Afternoon Tea 12noon–4pm (last seating at 4pm)

Tate Modern Restaurant, Level 7, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. +44 20 7401 5020 Seventh-floor restaurant with spectacular, everchanging views. If you are lucky enough to get a window seat you get a panoramic view over the River Thames and London landmarks.

Espresso Bar, Level 4, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG. City-South. +44 20 7887 8888 With two riverside balconies, the Espresso Bar serves drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Sun to Thurs 10am–5.30pm. Fri 10am–9.30pm. Sat 10am–9.30pm. email

The Cutty Sark Tavern, 4-5 Ballast Quay, Greenwich, London, SE10 9PD. +44 20 8858 3146 Outside riverside seating. Mon to Sat 11am-11pm. Sun 12 noon-1030pm.

Yacht, 5 Crane Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NP. +44 20 8858 0175

Mayflower Pub, 117 Rotherhithe St, Bermondsey, London, SE16. +44 20 7237 4088 Decked Jetty offers good views across the Thames. Mon to Fri 11am-3pm. 5.30pm-11pm. Sat 11am-11pm. Sun 12 noon-10.30pm. Food daily 12 noon-2.30pm. Mon to Sat 6.30pm-9.30pm. No Sun eve. Transit: Canada Water Rail Station

Beauberry House (Bar / Restaurant), Belair Park, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AB. +44 20 8299 9788 Terraces for al fresco dining with spectacular views overlooking rolling parkland. Train: West Dulwich Rail Station

North West

Feng Shang Princess, Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Road, Regents Park, London, NW1 7SS. +44 20 3641 7540

Lockside Lounge, 89 West Yard, Camden Lock, Camden, London, NW1 8AF. +44 872 148 0873 Plenty of delightful views of Camden Lock from this popular lounge at West Yard.

Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 9NL. +44 20 7427 2540 All-year-round roof terrace  opens up its buzzy bar in the summer and come winter offers shelter under the wooden canapes and heated lamps.

Caravan, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square (off Goods Way), London N1C 4AA. +44 20 7101 7661 Alongside Regent's Canal.

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